Impact on Thai businesses amid Myanmar’s move to suspend foreign loan repayments

    On 13 July 2022, the Central Bank of Myanmar ordered companies and retail borrowers to suspend repayment of foreign loans. According to Bloomberg, companies in Myanmar have at least US$ 1.2 billion in outstanding dollar-denominated loans. The Central Bank’s order was introduced as one of the latest measures to protect the nation’s dwindling foreign exchange … Read more

    Sanctions and Material Adverse Change Provisions

    Craig Shepherd and Arnold Hoong have recently published an article in the Global Arbitration Review’s Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2023 on the contractual effects of sanctions on construction projects. The article explored the effect of sanctions on contractual obligations within projects in the Asia-Pacific region as well as globally, and discusses what project owners and contractors … Read more

    Getting paid: A New Bill to streamline Construction Disputes in Thailand

    Construction disputes between contractors and employers in Thailand can take years to be resolved in court or arbitration. This can result in construction work being delayed and sometimes abandoned, and contractors facing financial difficulties. In response, Thailand is considering the introduction of a draft bill titled “Act on the Settlement of Disputes regarding Payment in Construction Contracts”. Read more

    Directors Beware: Indemnity in a Company’s Constitution is not Foolproof

    The constitution (formerly known as articles of association) of companies in Malaysia generally contains an indemnity provision in favour of directors, indemnifying them against liabilities (for example, associated legal fees and financial costs) incurred by the directors in defending legal suits by third parties where judgement has been given in their favour in respect of … Read more

    The rise of ESG – implications on the duty to act in the best interest of the company

    Globally, there has been an increasing recognition that the conduct of a company affects various stakeholders around it, and that companies should have regard to environmental, social, human, and economic considerations. These considerations – commonly referred to as ESG considerations – once seen as a voluntary part of companies' corporate governance framework, are now rapidly being enacted into hard law across different jurisdictions. Read more

    Malaysian High Court clarifies limits on stay conditions

    The Malaysian High Court has refused to impose a condition on a party seeking a stay of proceedings under section 10 of the Arbitration Act 2005 to pay its share of the deposit in the arbitration, on the basis that the issue of costs and expenses of an arbitration are within the exclusive jurisdiction of … Read more

    Infrastructure development under the 12th Malaysia Plan

    Infrastructure development has always had strong correlation with a country's economic advancement. With the recently announced 12th iteration of the Malaysia Plan (2021-2025), the Malaysian government has allocated RM400 billion for existing and new developments. The plan details key focuses on its intended economic priorities which includes significant and strategic infrastructure developments that can carry growth potential for foreign investors in these unique and unprecedented times. Read more

    Launch of Malaysia Overnight Rate (MYOR) by Bank Negara Malaysia

    Bank Negara Malaysia has announced the launch of the MYOR as the new alternative reference rate (ARR) for Malaysia. Globally, ARRs are being introduced as part of a transition to transaction-based rates, in line with the LIBOR reforms after the global financial crisis. The introduction of ARRs aims to facilitate usage of benchmark rates that are more robust and based upon transactions in active, liquid markets. Read more