November 6, 2017

Head of Financial Services Nizam Ismail shares with Channel NewsAsia his views on the launch of the Visa Monaco Crypto Card in Singapore

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Head of Financial Services Nizam Ismail was interviewed by Channel NewsAsia on the launch of the Visa Monaco Crypto Card in Singapore. The full interview was featured on Channel NewsAsia’s Singapore Tonight segment on 2 November 2017. The interview makes relation to Monaco, a cryptocurrency payment platform, that has confirmed the launch of its prepaid card in Singapore based on the VISA gateway. The prepaid card has been approved for issuance to Singaporean residents and accepted at 44 million merchant locations in the payments network. Nizam pointed out that there is an “obligation on the service provider to look at transaction records and to spot red flags in advance, such as any suspicious movement of funds, on an ongoing basis." The move marks an important step towards introducing such digital currencies to the mass market. To date, Visa has also approved programmes that allow consumers to convert cryptocurrency into legal tender for BitPay and Shift Card. Please watch the video for the full interview.
October 30, 2017

Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Jack Ow quoted in SecurityBrief Asia article titled “In depth: A lawyer’s perspective on ethical hacking & penetration testing in Asia”

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Jack Ow was quoted in an article published in SecurityBrief Asia titled “In depth: A lawyer's perspective on ethical hacking & penetration testing in Asia”. The article was first published in SecurityBrief Asia on 26 October 2017. The article discussed the possibility of ethical hacking and penetration testing taking a bigger role as organisations increasingly rely on technologyfor daily and critical operations. Jack commented on (1) how ethical hacking and penetration testing could go some way toward identifying new or unknown vulnerabilities for the improvement of existing defences”, (2) the associated legal risks and regulatory considerations, and (3) the importance of having appropriate policies and practices to guard against abuse and to manage security risks. The full article dated Thursday 26 October 2017 can be found in SecurityBrief Asia.
October 30, 2017

Mild market exuberance in the equity and property sectors along with Prime Minister Lee’s recent announcement on GDP growth spell good news for Singapore’s economy, Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat shares more with The Business Times

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat shared his views on "The bull charges on" in this week’s The Business Times’ weekly column, Views from the Top. This article was first published in The Business Times on 30 October 2017. The bull charges on Monday, October 30, 2017 THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Is the current market 'exuberance' rational and sustainable? Tan Chong Huat Managing Partner RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP The latest announcement by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that Singapore's GDP growth for 2017 could reach the upper end of the projected 2 per cent to 3 per cent range is probably the harbinger of more good news coming our way. There are signs of mild market exuberance, particularly in the equity and property sectors. This could have been prompted by the turnaround in Singapore's economy which has shown sustainable and moderate growth since the fourth quarter of 2016. If this trend continues into 2018, the mild exuberance could turn into a little celebration as Singapore's economy continues on its recovery path, growing at a sustainable rate of 2 per cent to 4 per cent. It will also be good news for Singaporeans, especially on the employment front. A growing economy will mean a higher employment rate which spells better spending power. This will bode well for the services industries which form about 70 per cent of Singapore's GDP in 2016. However, the stronger GDP numbers and exuberance seen in the equity and property sectors over the past few quarters have yet to spill over into the general economy. There are still challenges ahead as we are definitely not completely out of the woods just yet.
October 27, 2017

ASEAN Plus Group congratulates Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners for Winning Three Asian Legal Business Indonesia Law Awards 2017

The ASEAN Plus Group (APG) congratulates Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) for winning three prestigious Asian Legal Business (ALB) Indonesia Law Awards 2017. Under the firm categories, HPRP was awarded by ALB in the following areas: Maritime Law Firm of the Year Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year Under the deal categories, HPRP was awarded by ALB in the following area: Project Finance Deal of the Year The Project Finance Deal of the Year was awarded for the Palapa Ring Project East Package led by Partner Chadri Jurnalis. In addition to the above, HPRP was the finalist for other categories including Banking & Finance, Litigation, Project Energy Infrastructure, Real Estate, and Technology, Media and Telecommunications. The ALB Indonesia Law Awards recognize outstanding in-house teams from Indonesia’s top corporations, market-leading private practice firms and rising law firms as well as exceptional individual lawyers from Indonesia’s legal community. The fourth annual award ceremony took place at a black-tie gala at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski in Jakarta. To view the full list of the ALB Indonesia Law Award 2017 winners, please visit the Asian Legal Business website.