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The long arm of the Law reaches into the Metaverse
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The long arm of the Law reaches into the Metaverse

Introduction In a landmark decision, the General Division of the High Court of Singapore issued a proprietary injunction and a worldwide Mareva injunction against unidentified persons to prevent the dissipation of cryptocurrency assets that were claimed to have been stolen. It also ordered two centralised cryptocurrency exchanges to disclose information on the accounts credited with...

Tolkien-ization of Funds
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Tolkien-ization of Funds

“A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.” – J.R.R. Tolkien Blockchain. Smart contracts. Tokenization. Buzzwords of the 21st century with promises of opportunities for golden treasure made accessible to the general population. However, beyond the immense hype built around them, these concepts still remain a mystery to many and...

Singapore’s Sanctions on Russia
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Singapore’s Sanctions on Russia

In the face of Russia’s gross violation of both the UN Charter and international law via their invasion of Ukraine, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs announced in his Ministerial Statement to Parliament on 28 February 2022 of the Singapore Government’s intentions to, in concert with other like-minded countries, impose appropriate sanctions and restrictions against Russia....

POFMA
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Court of Appeal partially sets aside Correction Order under Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act 2019 (“POFMA”)

Singapore Democratic Party v Attorney General [2021] SGCA 96 Between June and December 2019, the Singapore Democratic Party (“SDP”) published (on their website and by way of hyperlinks to Facebook posts), an article on their population policy (the “SDP Article”). The SDP Article said, among other things, as follows: “The SDP’s proposal comes amidst a...

Arbitration Funding
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High Court grants super priority for arbitration funding under Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018

It is well known that third-party funding is permissible for arbitration proceedings under section 5B of the Civil Law Act (Cap. 43). It is also well known that rescue financing can be granted super priority under section 67 of the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018 (“IRDA”). What happens however when the third-party arbitration funding...

Advisory on Covid-19 Vaccination in Employment Settings
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Advisory on Covid-19 Vaccination in Employment Settings

The Ministry of Manpower has just released an Advisory on Covid-19 Vaccination in Employment Settings. Employers in the private sector have been looking forward to these guidelines since Covid vaccinations for the general population became available earlier this year, so as to come up with their own policies on employee vaccinations. The Advisory is an...

COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace: Mandatory or Optional?
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COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace: Mandatory or Optional?

Arguably one of the defining affairs of the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world at an unprecedented rate, dealing a crippling blow to the global community and people’s lives, health, livelihoods, and lifestyles. On 14 December 2020, a collective sigh of relief could be heard across the nation as Prime Minister Lee...

Breach Notification: New Data Protection Requirements
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Breach Notification: New Data Protection Requirements

A new mandatory personal data breach notification requirement was passed by Singapore’s Parliament on 3 November 2020 as part of new amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”) and is expected to be implemented by early 2021. New draft guidelines have also been published by the Personal Data Protection Commission (“PDPC”) on the...

Guidance for Employers of Remote-Work Employees in Singapore
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COVID-19: Guidance for Employers of Remote-Work Employees in Singapore

Introduction COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on employment and human resource management. One area where this has been most pronounced has been in relation to the management of global talent pools. When a relatively small group of countries had initially commenced preventive lockdowns in early 2020, few would have predicted how rapidly this pandemic...