COVID-19 Governance: New legislation provides temporary relief from performance for selected Singapore-related contracts (Singapore)

On 7 April 2020, the Singapore Parliament passed the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill (the COVID Act), which, amongst others, offers temporary reprieve to qualifying parties or qualifying contracts: found here. The COVID Act is a bold move by the Singapore government to pre-emptively manage the foreseeable increase in legal proceedings for enforcement of contractual rights. … Read more

Malaysian Court of Appeal considers injunctions to restrain the calling of performance bonds in support of arbitration

In the first half of 2019, Malaysia’s Court of Appeal considered no less than four appeals relating to applications to restrain the calling of performance bonds in the construction sector. These applications were made in support of arbitration under Section 11(1)(f) and (h) of the Malaysian Arbitration Act 2005 (“Act”) (prior to its amendments in … Read more

MALAYSIA’S HIGH COURT ALLOWS JUDICIAL INQUIRY OF DAMAGES FOR A WRONGFULLY GRANTED COURT-ORDERED INJUNCTION WITHOUT AWAITING THE OUTCOME OF THE ARBITRATION

In Jaks Island Circle Sdn Bhd v Star Media Group Bhd and Another (Originating Summons No. WA-24C(ARB)-11-02/2018), the Malaysian High Court considered whether an inquiry of damages arising out of an undertaking by an applicant to pay damages for an injunction wrongly granted by a court in support of arbitration proceedings should await the outcome … Read more

46 countries sign the Singapore Convention on mediated settlements today

After extensive discussions between member states, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention, was signed today. A total of 46 countries signed the Convention, including the world’s two largest economies, the US and China, and several of the largest economies in Asia. This is the … Read more

Launch of Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege 2019

Please click here to access a preview of the Guide. We are pleased to launch the 2019 edition of our Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege. Businesses are increasingly faced with multi-jurisdictional disputes where evidence rarely falls within the borders of a single country and complex legal privilege issues often surface when dealing with communications across multiple … Read more

Recognition of foreign judgments: proposed amendments in Singapore

As the number of cross-border disputes increase, it is becoming more common for parties to wish to enforce a court judgment issued in one jurisdiction in another jurisdiction.  In April 2019, Singapore’s Ministry of Law issued a public consultation paper on proposed amendments to Singapore’s regime for recognising and enforcing foreign judgments. Read more

Competition law in Southeast Asia

Riding the wave of development Southeast Asian (SEA) competition law regimes have seen a flurry of activity recently, from comprehensive legislative reforms to developments in enforcement activity. Further changes are also expected at a regional level, as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) network is reportedly considering establishing a regional enforcers’ network within 2018. … Read more