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Should I form a Joint Venture or a Consortium?

Although the words “joint venture” (incorporated or otherwise), and “consortium”, are sometimes used synonymously, in particular in infrastructure projects, and hydrocarbons exploration, they are not the same thing. Broadly speaking, both the joint venture and the consortium concern the pooling of resources by hitherto un-associated parties, in order to carry out some piece of work, or tender for something. But there are several difference between … Continue reading Should I form a Joint Venture or a Consortium?

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Singapore … the hallmarks of a “smart nation”

On 1st February this year, the Singapore Parliament took an important step towards shifting the country away from the unnecessary use of paper in carrying out commercial transactions. One such unnecessary use of paper has been in the use of physical bills of lading in maritime trade, as evidence of a contract of carriage and as a receipt for the relevant goods. The step taken … Continue reading Singapore … the hallmarks of a “smart nation”

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Changes to Qatari Labour Law

In 2020, Qatari labour law was amended granting better rights to employees[1]. In addition, a national minimum wage was introduced, taking effect in March 2021[2], and perhaps even more significantly, employees can now transfer from one employer to another in Qatar without the need to obtain his or her current employer’s consent[3]. The revised Qatari labour law has amended the termination of employment requirements, such … Continue reading Changes to Qatari Labour Law

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Investing in Indonesia – pitfalls and opportunities

It is true that the pitfalls to successful investment in Indonesia are potentially plentiful, and yes indeed, whether or not Indonesia will be a profitable investment option in 2021, will depend at least partly on the roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccine in Indonesia, and a host of other things Continue reading Investing in Indonesia – pitfalls and opportunities

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Regulatory or contractual hurdles affecting LNG projects

Developing a viable LNG regulatory infrastructure A viable regulatory infrastructure for LNG projects wherever they may be located, should include: effective applicable regulation, and effective contractual remedies in situations where the parties are in disagreement. This post will briefly summarise the scope of these two areas, as follows. Law and regulation: LNG regulation – what does it cover? Let’s first draw up a shortlist of … Continue reading Regulatory or contractual hurdles affecting LNG projects

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Doing business in South Africa – joint ventures

A foreign investor wanting to do business in South Africa, would most probably decide to set up a joint venture there. Many of the legal and business issues which apply to South African joint ventures, apply also to joint ventures in many other jurisdictions, but some matters are unique to South Africa Continue reading Doing business in South Africa – joint ventures