Hong Kong court considers grounds for striking out claims of dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and fraudulent trading

The Court of First Instance recently rejected an attempt by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (BOCHK) to strike out various claims brought against it by the liquidators of China Medical Technologies (China Medical). The liquidators’ claims related to BOCHK’s handling of funds deposited with it by China Medical’s former officers, which were allegedly obtained … Read more

Hong Kong Court of First Instance refused to issue a letter of request to the judicial authority of mainland China for the purpose of cross-examination

In a recent judgment (Huang Yu Hui v Zheng Shizhi [2021] HKCFI 3362), the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (CFI) refused the defendant’s application to issue a letter of request to the judicial authority of mainland China for the examination of the defendant in a mainland prison. The CFI held that, examination is outside … Read more

Hong Kong Court recognises Mainland reorganisation for the first time

The Hong Kong Court has broken yet more new ground by recognising Mainland reorganisation proceedings for the first time in Re HNA Group Co Limited [2021] HKCFI 2897. Previously, Mainland liquidation proceedings had been recognised by the Hong Kong Court (for the first time in CEFC Shanghai International Group Ltd [2020] HKCFI 965, and later … Read more


In a recent decision of the Hong Kong High Court[1], a six month non-compete restriction was upheld against an employee. One way that this decision differs from other recent cases was that the employee was entitled to receive his usual salary for the entire non-compete period. In considering the balance of convenience, not only did … Read more

It still counts: Hong Kong Court finds minority shareholding has reasonable possibility to benefit winding-up petitioner

It is well-established that certain core jurisdictional requirements must normally be met before a Hong Kong Court will exercise its discretion to wind up a foreign company (Core Jurisdictional Requirements). These were explained in our previous post: there must be a sufficient connection with Hong Kong, but this does not necessarily have to consist in … Read more


As discussed in a previous Snapshot, when employees are absent from work due to injury or illness, it can also significantly impact business operations. Following an employee’s prolonged absence, the next challenge is to ensure a successful transition back to work. This Safety Snapshot highlights the key considerations for employers in balancing their legal duties, … Read more

Great leap forward: Hong Kong Court issues first letter of request under Mainland-Hong Kong arrangement for mutual recognition of insolvency

In another leap forward for cross-border insolvency cooperation between Hong Kong and Mainland China, the Hong Kong Court has issued its very first letter of request to a Mainland Court requesting recognition and assistance of Hong Kong liquidators under the new arrangement for mutual recognition of and assistance to insolvency proceedings introduced on 14 May … Read more


For some time, we’ve seen a gradual increase in employee mental health issues in the workplace and the events of last year have accelerated this. A survey conducted by the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong together with Tung Wah College released in June 2021 found that over 60% of Hong Kong employees interviewed, suffered … Read more