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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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Ally Law maintains rapid expansion

Hong Kong, 30 January 2024: Global legal services provider Ally Law has expanded to 80 law firms following the addition of new members in Egypt and Paraguay. Now offering the most widespread coverage in its history, the organisation is looking forward to a busy 2024 with a string of in-person and online events. Egyptian representative […]

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Crypto sector facing further controls

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 26 January 2024: Stronger regulation of Hong Kong’s burgeoning crypto sector is in the pipeline as the authorities battle to clamp down on rogue operators. The prospect of further controls comes in the wake of high-profile scandals that have left the public out of pocket and resulted in multiple arrests. […]

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Cutting the waste, if not the waist

Hong Kong, 24 January 2024: Legendary English magician PT Selbit is widely credited as the first person to perform the illusion of sawing a lady in half. His ingenious trick, which debuted at London’s Finsbury Park Empire in 1921, was a box office sensation. Selbit – famed for his showmanship – would heighten the sense […]

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Law & More: Episode 36 – Tim Bredbury

Hong Kong, 22 January 2024: In our latest Law & More, we welcome former footballer Tim Bredbury for a fascinating chat about his career and his thoughts on the game as it is today. Tim, born in Hong Kong, started out as a young professional with Liverpool in England before going on to play with […]

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GBA given data transfer boost

By John Zhou Hong Kong, 12 January 2024: A new scheme which enables easier cross-border data transfer within the Greater Bay Area (GBA) has just come into effect. The move is a significant milestone in the region’s long-term vision to become a global economic powerhouse. The initiative allows individuals and organisations in the nine mainland cities in the GBA and […]

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Farewell and good buy, say shoppers

Adelaide, 10 January 2024: The TARDIS, any science fiction fan will tell you, is the time machine in the long-running TV series Dr Who which enables the eponymous hero to flit between centuries while carrying out good deeds. Outwardly small – it is disguised as a police box, an obsolete type of telephone kiosk once […]

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Law & More: Episode 35 – Ramesh Vaidyanathan

Hong Kong, 8 January 2024: In this episode of Law & More, we are pleased to welcome globe-trotting corporate lawyer Ramesh Vaidyanathan. In a wide-ranging discussion, Ramesh talks about practising law in his native India and the country’s growing status as a world economic power. He also provides an insight into his role as President […]

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Ties strengthened at Vancouver AGM

Hong Kong, 22 May 2024: More than 100 delegates from around the world, including BC&C Managing Partner Alex Liu, attended Ally Law’s 2024 AGM in Vancouver for five days of meetings and networking. Attendees enjoyed discussions on marketing, business development and practice management, while there was a workshop focusing on enhancing firm culture. As well, […]

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The good, the bad and the elderly

Hong Kong, 16 May 2024: “I get up every day and don’t let the old man in.” Defiant words about ageing from Clint Eastwood as he prepares to turn 94 while working on his latest movie. Stubborn and stoic, this is one of Hollywood’s archetypal Western heroes refusing to contemplate that final ride into the […]

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Law & More: Episode 40 – Victor Dawes SC

Hong Kong, 14 May 2024: In this episode, we meet Victor Dawes SC, who reflects on his upbringing in Hong Kong, university days in London and his first steps in the legal profession as a young barrister. He also sheds light on the work of the Hong Kong Bar Association and his role as Chairman. […]

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Top court upholds LNC regime

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 3 May 2024: Police operations that involve issuing “letters of no consent” to effectively freeze suspicious bank accounts are lawful, the Court of Final Appeal has ruled. In endorsing a Court of Appeal judgment issued a year ago, Hong Kong’s top court has closed the book on a landmark challenge […]

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Appeal principles clarified by CFA

By Colin Cohen Hong Kong, 2 May 2024: In a landmark judgment that sees a housewife win her legal battle to overturn a conviction for shoplifting, the Court of Final Appeal has given clear direction on what a judge must consider when hearing an appeal arising from the Magistrates’ Court. The top court concluded the […]

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