Astro v Lippo: the next chapter – Singapore Court of Appeal rejects enforcement of awards against non-signatories to the arbitration agreement

The long-running dispute between Astro, a Malaysian media giant, and Lippo, an Indonesian conglomerate, has reached the end of the latest heavily contested battle by Lippo against the enforcement of arbitral awards given in Astro’s favor. In PT First Media TBK v Astro Nusantara International BV & others [2013] SGCA 47, the Singapore Court of … Read more

Singapore: Foreign hiring requirements to be tightened

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) recently announced that it will introduce new rules requiring firms to advertise job vacancies on a new ‘jobs bank’ administered by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (SWDA) before a firm can apply for an Employment Pass (EP). Firms identified by MOM as needing to improve their hiring practices will come … Read more

Asia-Pacific: Governments crack down on the use of agency and temporary workers

In the last year, we have seen governments across the Asia-Pacific region tightening their laws and regulations relating to the use of agency (dispatch) and temporary workers. At least in some cases, this is in response to a perceived over-reliance by companies on agency and temporary workers, which has led to allegations of abuse. For … Read more

June 2013 Corporate Crime Update

This June 2013 edition of our Corporate Crime Update was published on our FSR blog and covers developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters across a number of jurisdictions, including China and Japan.  For the full update on each jurisdiction, please click on the name of the country.  A brief … Read more

Upcoming Webinars

There are a number of upcoming webinars which are likely to be of particular interest to clients from across the Asian region. Negotiating the challenges of Myanmar – Thursday, 27 June 2013 In this webinar Herbert Smith Freehill’s Myanmar practice group looks at the opportunities and challenges for companies investing in Mynamar. The speakers will discuss, … Read more