Jurisdiction

Hong Kong and Macao on verge of concluding a mutual service arrangement for civil and commercial proceedings

The Hong Kong Government plans to conclude an arrangement with the Macao Special Administrative Region for the mutual service of judicial documents in civil and commercial cases in December 2017. The proposed arrangement is designed to overcome existing limitations in … Continue reading

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PRC signs the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: a step forward in the resolution of cross-border litigation

On 12 September 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) signed the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (Convention).  The Convention, in force since 1 October 2015, seeks to provide certainty in cross-border litigation by allowing parties to choose … Continue reading

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Chinese Court recognises a US commercial judgment for the first time based on principle of reciprocity

On 30 June 2017, the Wuhan Intermediate People’s Court (Wuhan Court) handed down a decision recognising and enforcing a civil judgment of the Los Angeles Superior Court in California, USA (the “Wuhan Decision“) based on the principle of reciprocity. This … Continue reading

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Forum Election, Forum Non Conveniens and the Singapore International Commercial Courts

In its recent decision in Rappo v. Accent Delight International Ltd and another [2017] SGCA 27, the Singapore Court of Appeal considered the distinction and relationship between the doctrines of forum election and forum non conveniens.  Notably, the Court also … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal finds no breach of comity in granting Mareva injunction to protect a foreign claim for breach of an exclusive jurisdiction clause

In the case of Compania Sud Americana de Vapores S.A. v Hin-Pro International Logistics Limited (FACV 1/2016), the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) overturned the Court of Appeal's (CA) decision and reinstated a Mareva injunction granted in support of proceedings … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Government announces consultation on Hague Convention of the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

The Department of Justice in Hong Kong has this week released a Consultation Paper on the 2016 Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (the "Draft Convention"). The Draft Convention sets out criteria for the Courts … Continue reading

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Hague Convention on Choice of Courts comes into operation in Singapore

The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (Hague Convention) officially came into force on 1 October 2016 and there are currently 30 signatory states, including all members of the European Union and Mexico.  As we have previously reported, Singapore … Continue reading

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Recognition of foreign insolvencies at common law: Singapore sets COMI precedent

For the first time, a court has adopted the ‘centre of main interest’ (COMI) as grounds at common law to recognise foreign insolvency proceedings. The decision earlier this year by the High Court of Singapore (the Court) recognised a Japanese … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills launches latest Guide to “Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific”

Please click here to preview this publication. As a result of a rise in global economic activities around the region, Asia is experiencing the inevitable increase in commercial and investment disputes, both litigation and arbitration, with a multi-jurisdictional dimension. Our … Continue reading

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Singapore takes steps toward ratifying Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements

In our previous article, we discussed Singapore's signing of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (the Convention) on 25 March 2015 and the likely effect this would have on the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) and Singapore's profile as … Continue reading

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