Many people are familiar with pre-nuptial agreements (“pre-nups”). Images of a crying bride being forced to sign a pre-nup on her wedding day are part of popular culture and scenes in movies. Truth be told, most pre-nups are signed before the Big Day. What many people do not know is that married partners can enter…

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The world of e-commerce has grown exponentially and continues to grow at a rapid rate under the current circumstances. This presents entrepreneurs with opportunities to digitalise their business and expand to the global market. However, regulating a worldwide market means strict enforcement of the law to ensure fair practice and compliance. With that said, entrepreneurs…

Hong Kong’s existing legislation for limited partnerships, the Limited Partnership Ordinance (“LPO”), has not been materially updated since its inception in 1912. It comes as no surprise that industry participants often regard the existing regime as outdated and insufficient to accommodate the operational needs of modern asset managers.  As an initiative to strengthen the competitiveness of Hong…

As the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the rise in Hong Kong, so have parents’ concern for their children. Recently, we have been asked by several folks: what would happen to my child if s/he is tested positive for COVID-19? This concern is enhanced by the fact that, if a family member is…

A Pre-nuptial Agreement (“PNA”) is a unique form of contract, but unlike most contracts, there is an emotional component to a PNA. In the business world, contracts are used to ensure the smooth sale of goods, to buy and sell real estate, or to obtain a promise to perform services. PNAs perform the same function, but the context is different. They…

In the Hong Kong case of SPH v SA, the court ruled that, in general, the family courts in Hong Kong should honour any Pre-nuptial Agreement (“PNA”) freely entered into by both parties unless there are circumstances that would render enforcement of the PNA to be unfair to one of the parties. This decision was…

When dealing with French-Hong Kong cross-border marriages, the question that we get asked on a regular basis is: which is best when choosing between a French marital contract or a common law pre-nuptial agreement?  It is safe to say that there is no clear-cut answer to this question: it all depends on the personal situations…

Legal risks are inherent in the process of running a startup. Yet, for first-time entrepreneurs, it is often very difficult to be cognizant of potential legal pitfalls. It is nonetheless worthy to spend some time and resources to avoid legal complications that may lead to business disruptions in the future. Due diligence is a critical…

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