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HKFP | New Hong Kong equality watchdog chief says it should be ‘neutral’ on gay rights, drawing ire from LGBT community 1600 1006 Hugill & Ip

HKFP | New Hong Kong equality watchdog chief says it should be ‘neutral’ on gay rights, drawing ire from LGBT community

The new head of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has said that his organisation should stay “neutral and unbiased,” adding there were no immediate plans to push for legal protection for sexual minorities.   Alfred Ip, chairperson of the LGBTQ rights group Pink Alliance, welcomed some of Chu’s pro-gay comments but also expressed reservations.…

Interim Measures by Mainland China Courts Applicable to Hong Kong-seated Arbitrations 800 1115 Carmen Tang

Interim Measures by Mainland China Courts Applicable to Hong Kong-seated Arbitrations

The Interim Measures Arrangement marks a new milestone in the Governments’ effort in safeguarding interests of arbitration parties by allowing them to apply for interim measures of protection before an arbitral award is granted via HK-seated arbitration.

The Importance of Artworks Valuation in Tax and Estate Planning or in Divorce Proceedings 900 700 Freda Lim

The Importance of Artworks Valuation in Tax and Estate Planning or in Divorce Proceedings

Valuation of artworks is the first step that an investor should think about as it has deep consequences in wealth and estate planning, as well as in case of future divorce proceedings.

Acquisition and Protection of Art: from Building a Collection to Safeguarding its Copyright 1600 1200 Alfred Ip

Acquisition and Protection of Art: from Building a Collection to Safeguarding its Copyright

Common issues for art law include how works of art should be valued, how to protect and acquire ownership of Intellectual Property Rights in art, free speech issues, authenticating and dealing with stolen artworks, cross-border transfer and a variety of business issues related to the art industry.

Advantages of Hong Kong as an Art Trading Hub and the Growth of Cryptocurrencies in Artwork Transactions 1800 1199 Gary Wong

Advantages of Hong Kong as an Art Trading Hub and the Growth of Cryptocurrencies in Artwork Transactions

A brand-new interest in art as an asset class has pushed growth in the Chinese art market and High Net Worth Individuals in China have begun to invest in art as an asset

Trust Focus Week: Breach of Trust and “Anti-Bartlett” Provisions 600 800 Alfred Ip

Trust Focus Week: Breach of Trust and “Anti-Bartlett” Provisions

It is reassuring for settlors to know that the Hong Kong courts hold professional trustees to a very high standard when exercising their fiduciary duties. Strong protection from the courts may be another reason why professional trustees may be preferred.

Trust Focus Week: Private Trust Companies 1200 795 Freda Lim

Trust Focus Week: Private Trust Companies

If you would like to carry on your family business for successive generations and you feel that the retention of such shares is of utmost importance and that you do not want a third-party trustee to interfere with the management of the business, then a PTC or a VISTA Trust may be the solution for you.

Trust Focus Week: Choice of Trustees 1700 1133 Alfred Ip

Trust Focus Week: Choice of Trustees

The major hurdle is finding the right trustee since there is no standard answer as the wishes of the settlor, family circumstances and asset picture or holding structure can all affect the choice of trustee.

Trust Focus Week: Different Types of Trusts 1000 1499 Freda Lim

Trust Focus Week: Different Types of Trusts

There are different types of trusts for different purposes depending on the settlor’s needs and goals, while the essential characteristic of all trusts is the separation of legal and beneficial ownership.

Trust Focus Week: An Introduction to Trusts – A Medieval Concept Still Relevant Today 1200 801 Emily Chak

Trust Focus Week: An Introduction to Trusts – A Medieval Concept Still Relevant Today

In the modern days when even chivalry has been pronounced dead by many, trusts remain relevant, especially for those who wish to protect family wealth and plan for succession.

Domestic Violence in Hong Kong and Injunctive Relief in Matrimonial Proceedings 1800 1199 Yuki Kong

Domestic Violence in Hong Kong and Injunctive Relief in Matrimonial Proceedings

While abuse cases reporting in Hong Kong is on the increase, statistical figures are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s really happening. Injunctive relief is only part of the solution with much more to do left to social policies and legislation.

Dispute Resolution Focus Week: Enforcement of Judgment 1500 1125 Alfred Ip

Dispute Resolution Focus Week: Enforcement of Judgment

After a long legal process, a judgment is entered in your favour. Sometimes the judgment can only be satisfied after it is enforced, and the winning party has different options how to do this in Hong Kong.

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