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Indonesia: the pros and cons of doing business there

Indonesia is a country with a great deal of potential; it covers a very large and diverse area of land and sea; is largely fertile and productive; and has a slowly growing, reasonably well-educated middle class. It is rich in a number of natural resources … timber, rubber, a range of minerals, hydrocarbons, fisheries, agricultural produce, and so on. Its infrastructure is improving, though we … Continue reading Indonesia: the pros and cons of doing business there

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Singapore: the pros and cons of basing your business there

Singapore has been in the spotlight for the past few months, for different reasons, among which are the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the recent shift of global wealth to its shores[1]. What makes Singapore the success story it clearly is, and what should we consider if we  have a growing interest in migrating to Singapore, either for business purposes or for residence? … Continue reading Singapore: the pros and cons of basing your business there

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Indonesia: further Labour Law changes

Ministry of Manpower Regulation No. 8/2021 issued in March this year, is an implementing regulation with regard to the employment of foreign workers in Indonesia. It is the implementing regulation for Government Regulation 34/2021. To re-cap, for those of us who may be familiar with Indonesian labour law, an employer wishing to employ a foreign worker is required to submit a manpower utilization plan to … Continue reading Indonesia: further Labour Law changes

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Corporate Human Resources policies: what should this cover?

Some years ago, in one of my General Counsel roles, my client wanted to re-vamp its entire Human Resources system. What should this ideally cover? A policy document should start with a statement of its objectives, and the range and types of personnel which it applies to. The responsibilities of the human resources function itself should be set out in summary form, defining its role … Continue reading Corporate Human Resources policies: what should this cover?

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Covid-19, force majeure, and the LNG industry

Readers may be interested to access the excellent article by M. J. Denison, in Volume 14, Issue 2, of the Journal of World Energy Law & Business, which provides the following practical drafting advice (See The Journal of World Energy Law & Business, Volume 14, Issue 2, April 2021, Pages 88–96, https://doi.org/10.1093/jwelb/jwab011): “i. The data set revealed gaps in coverage in the areas of new security … Continue reading Covid-19, force majeure, and the LNG industry

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So what’s all the fuss with cross-border transactions?

Cross-border transactional work is a tough cookie, and even after three decades of ‘watching that space’, I am still not sure if I can see any real clarity! Take for example, a loan arrangement negotiated in Indonesia. Let’s assume that the lender is a ‘global bank’, for example an entity incorporated in Japan, but with global reach. The lender may kick-off negotiations using a loan … Continue reading So what’s all the fuss with cross-border transactions?

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A new way to design and implement an infrastructure project

It appears that the construction industry, at least in the UK, is looking at effective ways to make construction projects, and the contractual relationships between the key players in any such project, more collaborative, and less confrontational. An initiative called Project 13, has recently been launched by the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which the ICE has characterised as “an industry-led response to infrastructure … Continue reading A new way to design and implement an infrastructure project

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Saudi Arabian legislation in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has lead different jurisdictions to take different steps, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is no exception to that general outcome! The Supreme Court’s decision number M/45/M sets out some interesting, and in some areas atypical, principles, granting the courts of Saudi Arabia the power to amend the terms of a contract[1] in the interests of justice and fairness, and acknowledging that … Continue reading Saudi Arabian legislation in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic

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DEFAULT, AND HOW THIS CAN BE DEALT WITH IN A JOINT VENTURE

This post will focus mainly on joint ventures and joint operations in the upstream hydrocarbons industry, but many of the issues and solutions discussed here are equally applicable to joint ventures in other industry sectors So, to begin! The question of default – how to avoid it, or to deal with it, if it cannot be avoided – involves an area of serious risk for … Continue reading DEFAULT, AND HOW THIS CAN BE DEALT WITH IN A JOINT VENTURE