The global legal landscape of the cannabis market can be confusing. In this article, in-house counsel can learn more about global regulations, state of the industry, the basics of the market and more. Meritas produced this resource in 2019.
In this article, various Hong Kong government initiatives and economic relief packages are explained. This resource was produced April 23, 2020.
In this article, Hong Kong's developing drone regulations are discussed. Since the proliferation of inexpensive materials and applicable projects are skyrocketing, Hong Kong is reckoning with rapid advancement in this technology sector. This resource was produced in 2019.
This article clarifies the notice from the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) about alternative procedures available to intermediaries to verify individual clients' identities when onboarding them online. This resource was produced in July 2018.
This article examines how the Chinese National Intelligence Law (“NIL") applies differently to Chinese parent companies compared to companies owned by non-Chinese parent companies.
Understand the implications of the Brexit agreement of December 24, 2020 between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Coming out of the tragic explosion that occurred in Beirut on August 4, 2020, companies are looking at the extent of property damage to the central Beirut area. This article addresses some of the insurance and other liability considerations that all should be aware of so that they be in a position to recover for their losses.
This article provides a summary of the update on the United States (US) sanctions against Community Chinese Military companies and the implications for the securities market of Hong Kong. On 12 November 2020, the US President issued Executive Order 13959 (EO13959), which has caused significant market uncertainty; EO13959 prohibits certain transaction insecurities linked to what it has described as Communist Chinese Military Companies.
This piece highlights the increasing pressure within Australia on companies to address the issue of climate change. In particular, it highlighted the amount of landmark climate change cases that have been issued in recent months to compel the government or specific directors and officers to compel action on climate change. Indeed, Australia is the second most active jurisdiction for climate change litigation, with the United States being first.
In this multi-jurisdictional guide, explore an overview of key legal issues, rules and developments regarding corporate immigration across a range of jurisdictions.
New laws in the People’s Republic of China – which went into effect on 1 January 2021 – have completely revamped the rules pertaining to the succession of the deceased’s assets into a more organized system. The new policies, which have replaced laws in place since 1985, provide more guidelines and structure regarding appointing estate administrators and their scope of power.
This article explores the complex nature of the Brexit withdrawal process and the importance for all intellectual property (IP) owners to monitor any and all updates and to take immediate action to ensure the protection of their IP rights.
This article summarizes the new Hong Kong National Security Law, so corporations may understand it better and comply with the provisions of the legislation. It also compares the provisions of this law with equivalent legislation in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, and Singapore, and also provides additional recommendations and considerations for corporate compliance.
This article provides an overview on final regulations issued by the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFUS) on 13 January 2020. The regulations were promulgated in order to comprehensively implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018.
China is operating increasingly on a cashless basis, with the Chinese government posed to launch a digital currency called Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP or “digital yuan”). This article provides a holistic overview and answers several key questions pertaining to the DCEP.
This article provides an overview of two cases which highlight the importance of parties needing to negotiate in good faith. In particular, it notes that every right to negotiate process requires both parties to negotiate in good faith with the view of reaching an agreement about the relevant grand, regardless of there being a prior agreement about future grants.
This article provides an analysis on the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia’s report, entitled Never Again: Inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia – Interim Report (released on 9 December 2020).
This article provides an overview of the changes a new piece of legislative reform in the Australian government would enact in order to bolster the national framework for addressing sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
This article provides an overview of the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Development Fund, which was launched on 1 March 2021 in order to support the growth of carbon capture, use, and storage opportunities in Australia.
This article provides insight into amendments made to the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (Qld), which was amended previously to provide for the offense of industrial manslaughter. It was later amended in 2020 to cover the resources sector including coal. The piece also provides analysis and key issues for the 2020 amendment of the law.
This May 2020 article describes changes that were made to Australia’s foreign investment laws. These alternations were necessary in light of the coronavirus pandemic, so they could better safeguard Australia’s national interests.
This article outlines some of the rules which govern the screening process by which the Australian government considers foreign investment proposals, which they do on a case-by-case basis to determine whether a particular proposal in contrary to Australia’s national interests (or national security).
This article looks at how Big Tech is taking the initiative to set out its own vision. With companies like Microsoft published their 10 fairness principles, Australia’s homegrown global tech player, Atlassian, has also published their ‘8 principles for sound tech policy’; the article examines and provides insight into the 8 principles.
This article provides an overview of the Australian government’s ongoing reforms of laws aimed at protecting the country’s ‘critical infrastructure assets’ and ‘systems of national significance.’ The overview includes an outline of the three key provisions of the Exposure Draft of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020, released on 9 November 2020.
Because of the increased presence of the internet in everyone’s daily lives, a need has emerged for government authorities to respond to the unique challenges of a digital world. Accordingly, this article provides an overview of the Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, the world’s first regulator dedicated to online safety.
The first in-person meeting of the member countries of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) at the White House resulted in the announcement of several initiatives in the Indo-Pacific region.
During a government investigation in-house counsel must always protect the interests of the company, which may be different than the interests of employees. Companies can mitigate damage to their organization by cooperating with the government to obtain leniency.
People around the world continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the most extreme public health emergency in a century. This Top Ten discusses the public health law framework in the United States and summarizes some recent developments in the law arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses across the European Union (EU) and the world will be impacted by Brexit. In this article, learn how to take steps to ensure that your company's operations and cross-border business is prepared and protected for upcoming regulatory changes.