Duane Morris & Selvam Advises on India’s Biggest IPO Ever

SINGAPORE, 24 May 2022 – Duane Morris & Selvam LLP acted as international legal counsel to the President of India and Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) on the recent sale of 3.5% of the outstanding shares in LIC by the president of India for approximately US$2.7 billion in an initial public offering in India and concurrent private placements outside India, including a Rule 144A offering in the United States. LIC’s IPO is the biggest in Indian history. The scale of the IPO was immense, with over 7 million applications received from retail investors in India alone. On its listing, LIC was the fifth largest entity in India in terms of market capitalization.

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Rise of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in Singapore

During the recent Budget announcement in February this year, Minister of Finance Lawrence Wong stated that Singapore will aim to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by or around 2050, in line with our commitment to address the challenges of climate change.

Presently, the bulk of Singapore’s energy supply comes from natural gas, and the power sector accounts for about 40 percent of the country’s total emissions. This paired with growing environmental awareness in Singapore have started putting pressure on organisations to meet clean energy goals as investors and customers become more vocal about the importance of using green energy. This growing pressure from stakeholders has led to a rise in the use of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) by businesses, as a means of fulfilling their sustainability commitments and reducing their carbon footprint.

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自2008年第一个数字货币比特币诞生以来,区块链技术在各个领域的应用都有了长足的发展。新加坡作为亚洲金融中心之一,也吸引了众多软件技术人员和投资者从事区块链技术相关的金融行业,包括NFT (非同质化代币)。NFT 市场既可以是Axie Infinity这种可以赚取数字资产的游戏平台,也可以是NBA TopShot 这种收藏品交易平台,还可以是Decentraland 和Earth 2这种可以进行数字财产买卖的元宇宙平台。

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An Overview on Development and Regulations of Blockchain Technology and NFTs in Singapore

Since the birth of the first digital currency, Bitcoin, in 2008, blockchain technology has developed significantly in various fields. As one of the financial hubs of Asia, Singapore has also attracted a wide range of software professionals and investors in the financial services industry involving blockchain technologies and nonfungible tokens (NFT). NFT marketplaces can be either gaming platforms for earning digital assets like Axie Infinity, collectibles trading platforms like NBA TopShot or metaverse platforms like Decentraland and Earth 2 where virtual properties can be bought and sold.

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新加坡私募和风投行业系列 – 简介篇

近年来,新加坡已迅速成长为全球资产管理行业(资管行业)的中心,众多投资者和资管经理汇集于此。2020 年,新加坡的资产管理总额 (AUM) 增长了 17%,达 4.7 万亿新元,高于 2019 年的 4万亿新元1。 这种强劲的增长是由大量流入的传统和另类投资资金所驱动的,包括私募股权 (私募) 和风险投资 (风投)。 那一年,私募和风投的资产管理总额分别增长了 54% 和 49%,达到 3,750 亿新元和 160 亿新元。 我们认为,新加坡资产管理规模将在未来几年将持续保持增长势头。

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Singapore Private Equity and Venture Capital Landscape Series – A Brief Introduction

Singapore’s asset management industry has fast become a global hub for investors and managers and is central to the country’s financial services industry. In 2020, total assets under management (AUM) in Singapore grew 17 percent to reach S$4.7 trillion, up from S$4.0 trillion in 2019[1]. This robust growth was driven by strong inflows into both traditional and alternative investment strategies, including the private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) asset classes. PE and VC AUM grew by 54 percent and 49 percent to S$375 billion and S$16 billion, respectively, in that year. In our view, the size of the industry in Singapore will continue to grow in the coming years.

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一些常见错误的避免 – 当拥有新加坡子公司的中国企业寻求IPO时。

2020年当中,全球有1415次首次公开募股(”IPO“),为相关公司筹集了3313亿美元的资金 。这在年同比交易量和筹集的收益方面,显示了大幅增长。相较2019年全球也只有1040宗IPO,总共筹集了1992亿美元的资金。考虑到新冠疫情使世界各地的IPO活动在2020年4月和5月急剧放缓,2020年的数据就显得更加突出了。

当下的亚太地区(APAC)是个非常值得关注的地区。2020年全球范围启动的IPO数量中,多过一半(约占全球IPO总数的52% )是在亚太地区的交易所进行的。尤其是亚太地区的主要热点中国(不包括台湾和香港), 仅中国单单就进行了365宗IPO,总共筹集了640亿美金。上海证券交易所(”上交所“)和深圳证券交易所(”深交所“)在2020年分别有234和161宗IPO 。这表示中国的上市量比2019年的202宗IPO大幅增加了81%。2021年前三个月的IPO增长看似完全没有消减的迹象,多达143家中国公司完成IPO,总共筹集高达236亿美元资金 。2021年9月3日,北京证券交易所(“北交所”)成立,旨在服务创新型中小企业。根据其2021年市场统计数据,2021年共有82家公司上市,融资金额为75.22亿人民币(约合11.81亿美金) 。

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MAS amends Sections 13O & 13U Application Guidelines for Family Offices in Singapore

MAS Amends Sections 13O and 13U Application Guidelines for Family Offices in Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has amended its requirements for family offices[1] applying for tax incentive schemes pursuant to Sections 13O and 13U of the Income Tax Act 1947 (the Act). The following amended policies apply to all first preliminary submissions received by MAS on or after 18 April 2022 for these schemes, and MAS may require applications that have received no communication from MAS for a span of at least six months to be resubmitted under the amended guidelines. The following applications are not subject to the amended policies:

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