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The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives in Singapore and many other countries around the world. Officially declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in March 2020, everyone’s primary concern is to minimise the spread of the virus, to mitigate its effects and to protect those most vulnerable in society.

Businesses and organisations have a role to play and a responsibility to their own people. They also confront a wide range of practical, commercial and legal challenges associated with the spread of the virus. 

The following insights bring together perspectives on the legal and commercial issues affecting businesses in Singapore as well as the wider region.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Singapore

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12/10/2021
Leg­al guide for com­pany dir­ect­ors and CEOs in Singa­pore
ESG ob­lig­a­tion for Dir­ect­ors and CEOs 1. Do ex­ist­ing dir­ect­ors’ du­ties con­tain ob­lig­a­tions that ap­ply to mat­ters that could be cat­egor­ised as an ESG con­sid­er­a­tion, e.g. the en­vir­on­ment, em­ploy­ee...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
13/10/2020
Man­aging the chal­lenges of the post COV­ID work­place
Few can deny the im­pact that the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had and is hav­ing on the way people work since the glob­al es­cal­a­tion of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic in March 2020. "We have seen massive changes take place...
21/08/2020
Latest amend­ments to the Pub­lic Sec­tor Stand­ard Con­di­tions of Con­tract...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The Pub­lic Sec­tor Stand­ard Con­di­tions of Con­tract (“PSS­COC”) is the stand­ard form used...
07/08/2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has denied an in­vestor’s claim con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Latvia. The in­vestor was un­able to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of its pro­ject due to nu­mer­ous...
07/07/2020
Build­ing law and reg­u­la­tion in Singa­pore dur­ing Cov­id-19
1. Is there con­struc­tion-rel­ev­ant COV­ID-19 reg­u­la­tion?  The gov­ern­ment has passed the COV­ID-19 (Tem­por­ary Meas­ures) Act (the “Act”). The Act re­cog­nizes that the sup­ply chain dis­rup­tions and man­power...
26/06/2020
Me­di­ation and COV­ID-19
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has led to un­pre­ced­en­ted dis­rup­tions in the way busi­nesses and in­di­vidu­als...
25/06/2020
COV­ID-19 amend­ment Bill passed to en­hance re­lief for SMEs
On 5 June 2020, Par­lia­ment passed the COV­ID-19 (Tem­por­ary Meas­ures) Amend­ment Bill (the “Bill”). Through the Bill, the COV­ID-19 (Tem­por­ary Meas­ures) Act 2020 (the “Act”) passed earli­er in the...
23/06/2020
Cov­id-19 pro­ced­ur­al dead­lines for in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty law in Singa­pore
Court No sig­ni­fic­ant im­pact for now. Meas­ures have been put in place to avoid phys­ic­al hear­ings (e.g. video con­fer­ence) and/or lim­it­ing ac­cess to hear­ings that are be­ing held phys­ic­ally.No auto­mat­ic...
01/06/2020
Re­turn­ing to the "new nor­mal" in Singa­pore after the Cir­cuit Break­er
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. After a “cir­cuit break­er” peri­od of eight (8) weeks, the Singa­pore Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced...
12/05/2020
Ad­vising the Board on In­solv­ency Risk in Singa­pore
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on cor­por­ate fail­ures and dir­ect­ors’ con­duct Giv­en the un­cer­tain­ties...
04/05/2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Law in times of crisis: COV­ID-19 and For­eign In­vest­ments
As the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to un­ravel without re­gard to na­tion­al bor­ders, coun­tries around the world are faced with both pub­lic health and eco­nom­ic is­sues on a scale not pre­vi­ously seen. In this...