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Brochure
October 2014
With a sizeable team of chartered secretaries and experienced executives, Mayer Brown JSM’s company secretarial team has been a specialised department within the firm for over 30 years. Our team provides company secretarial services for over 1,000 local companies and the Hong Kong subsidiaries and branch offices of international corporations, including insurers, financial institutions, trading companies, manufacturing and distribution companies, property companies and shipping companies.
Newsletter
31 October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Employment, Research; Energy; Environment & Climate Change; Health & Consumer Protection/Digital, Information Society; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs
Newsletter
30 October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
A large international company is in the midst of antitrust litigation. After carefully selecting the electronic discovery vendor that will handle the processing, hosting, review and production of the responsive documents, the company’s counsel needs to manage the vendor relationship throughout the case to ensure success.
Legal Update
30 October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a recent decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment for a defendant based on the trial judge’s exclusion of expert testimony opining that a calcium-zinc compound in Fixodent denture adhesive caused the plaintiff’s neurological disorder.
Newsletter
30 October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Employment, Research; Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy; Health, Food Safety, Consumer; Digital & Information Society; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs
Legal Update
29 October 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
A marine insurance dispute that ascends to Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal is both a rarity and a matter of international legal interest, given that Hong Kong's statute is in identical terms to the UK's seminal Marine Insurance Act 1906. The case in question, Hua Tyan Development Limited v. Zurich Insurance Co Limited [2014] HKEC 1489, concerned the interpretation of a warranty given by the assured, and the impact of matters within the insurer's presumed or constructive knowledge. Before considering the legal issues involved, a brief summary of the facts is essential.
Newsletter
29 October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Employment, Research; Energy; Environment & Climate Change; Health, Safety & Consumer; Digital/Information Society; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs
Legal Update
28 October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asserting unprecedented authority to regulate data security matters with its recent action against two telecommunications carriers for failing to protect customers’ personal information from unauthorized disclosure.
Legal Update
28 October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Foreign competition authorities have long been concerned about the application of US antitrust law—in particular civil claims for treble damages—to conduct occurring outside the United States. Over the years, courts and Congress have adopted different tests for determining when US antitrust law applies to foreign conduct.
Legal Update
28 October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a much anticipated decision, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, confirmed on October 23, 2014, that the so-called “separate entity” rule continues to exist as a vibrant doctrine in the State of New York. Under the separate entity rule, a bank’s branches in different jurisdictions are treated as “separate entities” for various purposes, including judgment enforcement.
Legal Update
October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In the 2014 Budget, the Government announced what it called “the most fundamental reform to the way people access their pensions in almost a century”. The most significant change announced was that, from April 2015, members with defined contribution benefits, meaning money purchase or cash balance rights, would be able to draw down all their benefits as cash from age 55.
Newsletter
28 October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Finance & Taxation; Industry, Employment, Research; Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy & Climate Change; Environment, Health, Consumer; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs
Newsletter
28 October 2014
Tauil & Chequer Newsletter
Audiência Pública n° 54/2014 discute a redefinição dos limites mínimo e máximo do PLD
Legal Update
27 October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The SEC, by a 3-2 vote, adopted amendments to Rule 2a-7 in July 2014. Rule 2a-7, the money market fund rule (the “Rule”), imposes quality, liquidity, and other requirements on any registered investment company that holds itself out to the public as a “money market fund” (“MMF”).
Legal Update
27 October 2014
Mayer Brown Consulting (Singapore) Legal Update
China Customs published Customs Interim Measures on Enterprise Credit Management (Interim Measures) on 8 October 2014. It is a part of an effort by the Chinese Government to establish a Social Credit System based on a 2014-2020 plan of the State Council. The new system will replace the existing Customs Compliance Rating Scheme and will come into effect on 1 December 2014.
Legal Update
October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Why you must not be afraid of asking questions about a disability and TUPE: Using a percentage calculation to determine if someone is assigned to a group.
Newsletter
27 October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust, State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Energy & Climate Change; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Digital/Information Society; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs
Newsletter
24 October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy & Climate Change; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs;
Newsletter
23 October 2014
Tauil & Chequer Newsletter
CVM propõe regulamentar a participação e a votação a distância em assembleias gerais de companhias abertas
Legal Update
23 October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Providing another reminder of the US federal government’s ongoing scrutiny of high-frequency trading (“HFT”) firms and manipulative trading practices involving HFT, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently settled its first market-manipulation case against a HFT firm under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5, which prohibit fraudulent conduct in connection with the purchase or sale of securities.
Legal Update
23 October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
A World Trade Organization (“WTO”) panel has ruled that the United States’ amended country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for beef and pork products not only fell short of bringing it into compliance with prior rulings but, in fact, worsened the United States’ treaty violations. This is the third adverse WTO ruling since 2011 against the United States in the ongoing dispute over its COOL measure.
Legal Update
23 October 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Benefits plan sponsors often include venue selection clauses in their plans, requiring claimants to file suit in a particular jurisdiction. They do this in an effort to mitigate the risk that claims for employees’ benefits owed under ERISA plans will devolve into costly lawsuits filed in a variety of venues across the country.
Newsletter
23 October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Fisheries; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Telecoms & Medias; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Accession & External Relations
Newsletter
22 October 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Newsletter
This quarterly update (July to September 2014) highlights recent developments in Hong Kong capital markets practices.
Legal Update
22 October 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update

Social media, mobile computing, “big data” analysis and cloud computing (“SMAC”) are fundamentally changing the way in which HR professionals can now operate.

In many ways, SMAC can help increase efficiency and improve outcome, particularly with HR processes such as talent acquisition, performance management and employee engagement.

However, using these technologies without understanding the legal risks and compliance issues could be dangerous and costly.

This legal update is part of our series of updates to discuss the excitement and pitfalls in using SMAC. In this update, we look at issues from a Hong Kong data privacy law angle, and discuss terms you may consider negotiating with your SMAC provider.

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