Not a soft touch – Hong Kong Court’s increased scrutiny of offshore soft-touch provisional liquidations

A recent pair of decisions of the Hong Kong Companies Court (the “Court”) has immense potential significance for debtor companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (“HKEx”) and their Hong Kong creditors. Facts Re Lamtex Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 622 and Re Ping An Securities Group (Holdings) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 651 both involved a familiar factual … Read more

The English High Court strikes out classic claim for reflective loss brought by a shareholder against its company’s professional advisers in the context of an IPO

The English High Court recently struck out a claim by a parent company (i.e., a shareholder of its subsidiary) for negligence and breach of retainer against a law firm in conducting due diligence and preparing for the subsidiary’s IPO, on the basis that the loss claimed by the parent company was reflective of the loss … Read more

HONG KONG: HR AGENDA FOR THE YEAR OF THE OX

Last year was full of the unexpected. In this bulletin, our Hong Kong employment team reflects on some key themes that emerged last year and considers how these will keep Hong Kong employers busy in the year ahead. Read more

LATEST EDITION OF ASIA PACIFIC DISPUTE RESOLUTION GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

Disruption, downturn and recovery tend to generate more disputes – and in Asia Pacific cross-jurisdiction operations and investments increase that risk. Our 2021 Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific is your roadmap to potential problems in these fast-changing times, especially for those new to the region’s complex legal landscape. From the basics of each … Read more

Hong Kong to Introduce Corporate Rescue Regime and Insolvency Trading Regime

After abortive attempts in 2000-2001, 2008-2009, and 2014 to introduce a statutory corporate rescue procedure, the Hong Kong Government has recently announced in a paper submitted to the Legislative Council that it will present the Companies (Corporate Rescue) Bill (the “Bill”) to the Legislative Council in early 2021. Once enacted, the Bill will introduce a … Read more

IS THE JUICE WORTH THE SQUEEZE?

The natural and most appropriate jurisdiction in which to wind up a company is its place of incorporation. The Hong Kong Companies Court, however, routinely deals with winding up petitions against companies which are incorporated outside Hong Kong, but listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“HKEx”). Given recent economic difficulties, the number of such … Read more

Will you stay no longer? Hong Kong Companies Court considers general stay provisions in recognition orders

When the Hong Kong Court recognises offshore soft-touch provisional liquidation, will there be an automatic stay of proceedings in Hong Kong? Recently, in Re FDG Electric Vehicles Limited [2020] HKCFI 2931, the Companies Court answered “no”. In doing so, the Court revisited the wording of the standard-form recognition order. Soft-touch provisional liquidations A soft-touch provisional … Read more

HONG KONG: NO TIME TO WASTE WHEN ENFORCING NON-COMPETE COVENANTS

The recent case of AB Club Ltd & Anors v Chan Yin Ki Cubie & Anors [2020] HKCFI 2769 reinforces the need for speed when seeking to enforce post-employment covenants. Any undue delay, even if only a matter of weeks, may mean a Court refuses to grant an interim injunction. Read more