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MinterEllison Ranked by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021

We are pleased to announce that Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific has ranked MinterEllison LLP under the Construction, Intellectual Property, Commercial and Transactions and International Arbitration, and recognized our Partners in the guide’s 2021 rankings. We are most grateful for the support of our invaluable clients and the commitments of our lawyers.

Our Partners have been named “Litigation Stars”. They are:

  • David Morrison – Commercial and Transactions, Government and Regulatory
  • Steven Birt – Intellectual Property
  • Steven Yip – Construction

Benchmark Litigation is a definitive guide to the leading dispute resolution firms and lawyers in the region. The results are based on extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and the clients as well as analysis of the market’s most important cases and firm developments.

To view our ranking this year, please click here.

Date:
13 May 2021

In-House Community Recognizes MinterEllison LLP as Firm of the Year for Corporate and M&A, and Honourable Mention for Energy & Natural Resources

We are pleased to announce that MinterEllison LLP has recently been named as In-House Community: Firm of the Year 2021 – Hong Kong in the area of Corporate and M&A. The Firm has also received an Honourable Mention in the area of Energy & Natural Resources. Firm of the Year recognitions are based on feedback from nearly 17,000 in-house counsel and legal service buyers, on those law firms that had made the most significant impression on them in the past year.

In-House Community Magazine (previously, Asian-mena Counsel magazine) is a monthly publication for the In-House Community of corporate counsel, and those who serve them along the New Silk Road. It is the only monthly magazine which specifically addresses the concerns of in-house lawyers across the region, and provides thought-provoking analysis and discussion of vital legal, regulatory and business issues, along with news and profiles of leading in-house practitioners.

The full results are available here.

Date:
11 May 2021

SFC Launches the Grant Scheme for Open-ended Fund Companies and REITs

In order to encourage the listing of real estate investment trust (REIT) in Hong Kong, the HKSAR Government announced in the 2021/22 Budget that it would provide subsidies to qualifying REITs authorised by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and listed in Hong Kong in the coming three years. The SFC has today (10 May 2021) announced details of the subsidy scheme.

The subsidy scheme covers both open-ended fund companies (OFCs) and REITs in Hong Kong. For OFCs successfully incorporated in or re-domiciled to Hong Kong and SFC-authorised REITs successfully listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, the scheme covers 70% of eligible expenses paid to Hong Kong-based service providers, subject to a cap of HK$1 million per OFC and HK$8 million per REIT. Qualifying REITs should have a market capitalisation of at least HK$1.5 billion (or its equivalent) at the time of listing.

Examples of eligible expenses covered by the scheme include fees charged by law firms or legal advisers for legal work in relation to the incorporation/re-domiciliation of an OFC/REIT, including (i) the drafting of legal documents and offering documents of the OFC/REIT and (ii) work done in relation to the authorisation of an OFC/REIT with the SFC.

Interested parties may obtain further details about the eligibility criteria and application process from the frequently asked questions published by the SFC.

Date:
10 May 2021
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MinterEllison LLP Promotes Jun Kwong to Partner

MinterEllison LLP announces with great pleasure the appointment of Jun Kwong as Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice.  The appointment is effective from 1 May 2021.

Jun has extensive experience in representing individual and corporate clients in handling a wide variety of  litigation matters, with particular focus on commercial disputes, financial services regulatory matters, independent corporate investigations, contentious probate cases and estate administration actions.  Jun also has extensive experience in handling regulatory investigations, “dawn raids” and securities regulatory related legal proceedings.

Jun Kwong joined MinterEllison LLP as a Senior Associate in 2019.  He completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from the University of Hong Kong in 2011. Jun was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2013.

Date:
1 May 2021
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Pryderi Diebschlag Spoke at HK45’s Annual Update 2020-2021

On 23 April, Our Senior Associate Pryderi Diebschlag joined as a panellist at HK45’s Annual Update, in the discussion of topical developments in arbitration practice.

Joined by panellists from Clifford Chance, Sidley Austin, Plowman Chambers and Gall, Pryderi shared 4 recent Hong Kong cases, and shed light on key points such as extending arbitration clauses to unnamed affiliates, extensions of time to set aside awards, and enforcement of awards under the common law.

A full replay of the webinar can be viewed here.

Date:
23 April 2021
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