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Business Interruption Insurance Claims during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Business Interruption Insurance Claims during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown implemented across the globe has wreaked havoc on businesses. Singapore has been no exception. Since April 7, as part of its efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 and contain the pandemic, the Singapore government has implemented “Circuit Breaker Measures”. This includes the closure of workplace premises...

High Court rules on arbitrability of disputes under the Securities and Futures Act
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High Court rules on arbitrability of disputes under the Securities and Futures Act

Synopsis In CA Investment (Brazil) S.A v Eldorado Brasil Celulose S.A. & Ors (Originating Summons No. 169 of 2019, Summons No. 3420 of 2019), unreported (the “OS”), the High Court considered the application of arbitration agreements to disputes under the Securities & Futures Act (Cap 289) (the “SFA”). The Applicant in that case (“CA”) applied...

Insolvency in a time of COVID-19
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Insolvency in a time of COVID-19

The Ministry of Law announced on 1 April 2020 that it intends to introduce the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill (the “Bill”) in Parliament in the week of 6 April 2020 to offer temporary relief to businesses and individuals who might find themselves unable to fulfil their contractual obligations because of COVID-19. Among the measures proposed...

High Court decides first POFMA case
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High Court decides first POFMA case

In the case of Singapore Democratic Party v Attorney-General Act 2019 (No. 18 of 2019) [2020] SGHC 25, the High Court made some important observations on the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (“POFMA”).

Enhanced Penalties for Breach of Fair Consideration Framework
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Enhanced Penalties for Breach of Fair Consideration Framework

In January 2020, the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore strengthened the Fair Consideration Framework for greater deterrence against workplace discrimination.  The Fair Consideration Framework is a set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Manpower, in its capacity as a regulator of foreign manpower in Singapore. They do not have the power of law, but are...