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Singapore labour regulation softens in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic gave rise to border closures in a number of parts of the world, and this resulted in shortages of labour where labour is typically accessed from across the border. This has been evident in Singapore, so Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has decided to implement a temporary easing of regulations restricting renewals of work permits for certain business sectors.  These sectors include building … Continue reading Singapore labour regulation softens in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Doing business in Indonesia

It is interesting to see what has changed, and what has not, in the past 23 years, because 23 years ago, I was seconded to Jakarta by a law firm now widely known as ‘Dentons’. In those days, it was ‘Denton Hall’; and some years prior to that, when I joined them, it went by the even longer name ‘Denton Hall, Burgin & Warrens’! Foreign … Continue reading Doing business in Indonesia

Foreign Investment in Emerging Markets

Let’s suppose you are advising the owner of a business, who would like to take advantage of business opportunities in an unfamiliar market in the so-called ‘developing world’. It is probable that one of the first things the business owner will want to do, is learn about the market itself: the demographics in that market, the size of the population, its buying-power and GDP, the … Continue reading Foreign Investment in Emerging Markets