Hong Kong and Singapore

Widow removed as administratrix after persistent breaches in administering the estate

The Hong Kong Court has recently ordered the removal of an administratrix, who was the widow of the deceased, after finding she had misappropriated and converted the estate to her own use, repeatedly breached Court orders and had failed to … Continue reading

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Deceased’s “husband” and daughter both unable to obtain letters of administration

The English High Court has recently refused to grant letters of administration to a deceased's daughter (the "Claimant") despite her having the highest entitlement to the deceased's estate.[1] The dispute involved a challenge by the alleged widower of the deceased … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court of Appeal affirms law on express, constructive and resulting trust

The Hong Kong Court of Appeal ("CA") in Ip Fung Kuen v Sam Kee Frozen Meat Co Ltd and others (CACV 107/2016) recently affirmed the well-established principles of express, constructive and resulting trust under Hong Kong law. As well as … Continue reading

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Government launches consultation on enhancing transparency of beneficial ownership of Hong Kong companies

The Government has launched a two month consultation exercise on proposals to enhance the transparency of beneficial ownership of Hong Kong incorporated companies. This is part of a number of reform proposals aimed at bringing Hong Kong in line with … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal considers dispute over mother’s mental capacity

The Court of Appeal of Hong Kong has recently upheld a decision appointing a son to be the Committee to take care of his incapacitated mother's affairs[1]. This was despite protest from the son's sibling, who claimed the son was … Continue reading

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Family dispute over the setting-up of a trust rejected because plaintiff consented to the trust at the time of establishment

In a recent case, the Singapore High Court has held that a plaintiff's agreement to the setting-up of a trust to protect a family's wealth (including the assets of a deceased family member) was a valid defence for a defendant … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court rejects case that shares were held on trust, finding that evidence adduced was inconsistent

The Hong Kong High Court has recently held that Eric Hotung had not imposed a trust in his favour when he gave HK$2,000,000 to Ho Yuen Ki in 1961 for the purchase of shares in a Macau gambling business.1 Whilst … Continue reading

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Singapore and United States affirm efforts to strengthen sharing of tax information

A joint statement issued by the United States and Singapore suggests that US authorities are seeking to accelerate off-shore tax enforcement aimed at US accountholders and financial institutions in Singapore. A joint statement was issued on 2 August 2016 to … Continue reading

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Failure to comply with freezing orders leads to prison

In JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank and Another v Pugachev [2016] EWHC 248 & 258 Ch (sentence) and [2016] EWHC 192 (Ch) (liability), the English High Court sentenced Russian businessman Sergei Pugachev to two years in prison for contempt of court. … Continue reading

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Filed under Hong Kong and Singapore, London

The insolvent oligarch: the English High Court provides much needed guidance on quantifying liabilities in a deceased insolvent’s estate

In Lockston Group Inc v Nicholas Stewart Wood [2015] EWHC 2962 (Ch), the English High Court held that foreign currency claims and claims for interest in a deceased insolvent's estate should be calculated at the date of death, rather than … Continue reading

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