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Avoiding a major event own-goal

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 23 February 2024: The fallout from star footballer Lionel Messi’s no-show in Hong Kong has highlighted the pitfalls of organising major sporting and entertainment events. Aside from the risk of reputational and financial damage for stakeholders when a large event encounters a serious problem, there are also legal ramifications to […]

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The art of drawing a crowd

Hong Kong, 21 February 2024: Sixty years ago this month, a renowned Gothenburg gallery hosted an exhibition of contemporary paintings by avant-garde artists, including four works by an obscure Frenchman named Pierre Brassau. Critics gushed over his “powerful strokes” delivered with “the delicacy of a ballet dancer”, unaware that Brassau didn’t exist. The paintings had […]

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Enter the Dragon, exit Lionel Messi

Hong Kong, 7 February 2024: “My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. Consigliere of mine, I think you should tell your Don what everyone seems to know.” So says ailing mafia boss Vito Corleone in one of The Godfather’s many brilliant scenes. Adviser Tom Hagen, glass in hand, admits to […]

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Competition guide assists GBA firms

By John Zhou Hong Kong, 2 February 2024: Competition regulators in Hong Kong and Guangdong have stepped up their co-operation with publication of a legal guide designed to assist firms in understanding their rights and obligations in the neighbouring jurisdictions. The manual – a joint effort from Hong Kong’s Competition Commission and the Guangdong Administration […]

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Gambling Ordinance ‘not fully effective’

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 31 January 2024: The Consumer Council has called for tougher regulation of virtual gambling games, arguing that existing legislation is “not fully effective” and that minors in particular are at risk of becoming addicted. The watchdog has highlighted a lack of safeguards, noting that such games “normalise gambling behaviour” and […]

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