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Firm News
18 January 2019
Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that the Legal 500 Asia Pacific ranked the firm in 36 categories. Of these rankings, seven are top-tier.
Newsletter
15 January 2019
Winter 2018/2019
Mayer Brown Newsletter
The winter months have seen a range of significant measures in tax legislation, from tax incentives for foreign investment and various measures to promote the technology sector to building on earlier measures to increase tax collections. China reformed its individual income tax law and has extended, with adjustments, its policy on retail imports through e-commerce.
Video
15 January 2019
Part 1: Overview
Mayer Brown Video

Since the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, the region’s high-yield debt capital markets have expanded dramatically. And during the past several years, amid an expanding global economy, issuance volumes have hit record levels, with exciting changes in deal structures and covenant packages.

This four-part multimedia series offers practical insights on high-yield debt for Asia-based issuers seeking to understand important covenants and trends.

In Brief
14 January 2019
Mayer Brown In Brief
In our 29 October 2018 and 30 November 2018 Legal Updates, we discussed the passage of legislation to increase the statutory paternity leave entitlement in Hong Kong from three days to five days.

That increase in paternity leave entitlement will take effect on 18 January 2019.
Legal Update
8 January 2019
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Class Licence for Offer of Telecommunications Services (CLOTS) regime was introduced in 2007. Its main purpose was to regulate the offer of telecommunications services to the public without operation or establishment or maintenance of means of telecommunications equipment, such as for example, the provision of public WiFi services, in-building telecommunications systems, etc. Over the last decade, major changes have occurred in the Hong Kong telecommunications market (e.g. increased use of online platforms or smartphone apps and increased number of consumer complaints regarding CLOTS licensees).
Media Coverage
7 January 2019
Euromoney (by subscription only)

Euromoney ran an article about the financial challenges of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, picking the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railway as a case study. The article included comments from Jason T. Elder, partner at Mayer Brown, following an exclusive interview.

Media Coverage
7 January 2019
Euromoney (by subscription only)

Corporate & Securities partner Jason T. Elder weighs in on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in this article from Euromoney.

 
 

Legal Update
3 January 2019
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Hong Kong’s District Court (the "Court") in 庄裕安 v 关淑馨及另二人 [2018] HKDC 1589 struck out the Applicant's discrimination claim against the Respondents, who were the judges who dismissed the Applicant's appeal in a Court of Appeal case CACV 185/2017. The Court also gave a Restricted Proceedings Order against the Applicant.
Media Coverage
December 2018
2019 Official Guide to Communications in Hong Kong
Gabriela Kennedy shares insight on tactics in cybercrime in Hong Kong in a Leadership Interview in the 2019 Official Guide to Communications in Hong Kong (the “Guide”), published by the Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK), of which Gabriela serves as legal advisor.
Firm News
17 December 2018
Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that an issuance for the Development Bank of Mongolia, on which the firm advised, won the award for “Best Mongolia Deal” at the 2018 FinanceAsia Achievement Awards. This is the third consecutive year the firm has won the Mongolia award. In addition, a bond deal handled by the firm for the Sri Lankan government won the “Best Sri Lanka Deal.”
Newsletter
2018 Q4
2018 Q4
Mayer Brown Newsletter

In the 2018 Q4 edition, we look at:

  • Intellectual Property – Hong Kong And China
  • Advertising – Hong Kong
  • Data Privacy – Hong Kong
  • Cybersecurity – China
  • Fintech – Hong Kong
Media Coverage
December 2018
Computer Law & Security Review
Gabriela Kennedy's Asia Pacific column in the latest issue of Computer Law & Security Review features a Mayer Brown article titled "Computer Says No – Prosecuting Smartphone Offences” by Gabriela Kennedy and Karen H.F. Lee.
Legal Update
7 December 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Prague Rules, also referred to as “Inquisitorial Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration,” will be officially launched on 14 December 2018 in Prague. These rules are intended to constitute a tool available to parties and arbitral tribunals to increase efficiency in international arbitration and to reduce costs.

The Prague Rules can be applied by arbitral tribunals as a binding document or be used as guidelines. Parties and arbitrators can also agree or decide to select or modify the elements they wish to apply.
Media Coverage
December 2018
ICMA-NAFMII
Mayer Brown was invited by the International Capital Market Association to be the sole law firm for New York law matters included in the International Practices of Bond Trustee Arrangements report.
Legal Update
30 November 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Hong Kong government gazetted the Discrimination Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018 (the "Bill") today (30 November 2018).
In Brief
30 November 2018
Mayer Brown In Brief
The Secretary for Labour and Welfare has appointed 18 January 2019 as the commencement date of the Employment (Amendment) (No.3) Ordinance 2018, which increases the statutory paternity leave in Hong Kong from three days to five days.
Newsletter
2018 Q3
Mayer Brown Newsletter
In this twenty-first edition, we flag and provide comment on anticipated employment law developments during the third quarter of 2018 and highlight some of the major legislative, consultative, policy and case law changes to look out for in 2018.
Firm News
29 November 2018
Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that Hong Kong partner John Marsden, who also serves as the managing partner of the firm's Vietnam and Thailand offices, has been chosen by the American College of Bankruptcy to be inducted as a Fellow.
Firm News
29 November 2018
Mayer Brown held its fifth annual “In the Know” cocktail fundraiser on 14 November at The China Club, supporting 2018 beneficiary the Asian University for Women (AUW).
Firm News
20 November 2018
Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 16 lawyers worldwide to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.
Firm News
19 November 2018
Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 34 lawyers worldwide to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.
Media Coverage
19 November 2018
Financial Times (by subscription only)
The Financial Times ran an article on new rules which overhaul how the US government screens foreign investments. The article reported that the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which took effect in August, will hit Chinese investments the most. The article referenced comments by partner Mark Uhrynuk on the wider impact of the new rules and the need for foreign investors to make a filing with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS).
Video
12 November 2018
Mayer Brown Video
Private equity funds have shown a strong appetite for real estate investment in Hong Kong and Mainland China. As discussed in our last video, the trend does not seem to change as transaction growth continues to be fuelled by a low interest rate environment, a perception of real estate as a safe haven, and unexpectedly high returns. However, closing successful deals and achieving good yield still requires knowledge and strategy. To make smart deals, investors must carefully consider a region’s practices and legal landscapes.
Firm News
9 November 2018
Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that Hong Kong partner Gabriela Kennedy has been recognized once again as "Best in TMT" at this year's Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards.
Legal Update
9 November 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a keynote speech at the Hong Kong Fintech Week on 1 November 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) again asserted its cautious regulatory approach by announcing that it would step up its game in protecting investors of virtual assets.
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