Immigrating to Singapore? Pick an Immigration Path That Suits You

In recent years, apart from traditionally popular locations such as the United States, Canada and Australia, Singapore has also become a hotspot for immigrants. With its prime geographical location, stable political environment, top-notch infrastructure, diverse social culture, pro-business regulatory framework, abundance of medical and educational resources, low crime rate and extensive tax incentives, everything makes this garden city―located near the equator with an average temperature of 20-35°C all year round―an attractive relocation destination.

As the number of applicants for immigration to Singapore increases, the minimum requirements for successful applications have also increased in value by the Singapore government. The minimum threshold for family offices’ tax incentive applications rose from the initial, unwritten but customary S$5 million to a whopping S$20 million almost overnight as of 18 April this year. But does that mean that there is no hope for immigration? No. Let us explore some common immigration routes to Singapore.

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选择适合您的新加坡移民路径

近年来,除了美国、加拿大、澳大利亚这些传统移民热门国家外,新加坡也成为了移民的热点目的地。良好的地理位置、稳定的政治环境、完善的基础建设、多元化的社会文化、优越的营商环境、丰富的医疗和教育资源、低犯罪率的社会治安以及各种税收激励机制等等的便利条件让这个位于赤道附近、常年平均气温处于20-35°C的花园城市,慢慢地成为人们心目中的移民“圣地”。

随着申请移民新加坡的人数不断增加,新加坡政府对于移民的门槛也随之提高,家族办公室的最低门槛更是从原来不成文的500万新币于今年4月18日一夜之间提升到了2,000万新币。那是不是就移民无望了呢?不!我们将为您盘点几种常见的新加坡移民途径。

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区块链技术和NFT在新加坡的发展和规范

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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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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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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Pitfalls to Avoid When Chinese Companies with Singapore Subsidiaries Seek an IPO

In 2020, there were 1,415 initial public offerings (IPOs) globally, which raised a total of USD $331.3 billion in proceeds for the companies involved. This represented a significant increase year-on-year in terms of both volume of transactions and proceeds raised. In contrast, there were only 1,040 IPOs globally in 2019, which raised a combined capital of USD $199.2 billion. The 2020 figures are even more remarkable considering that the COVID-19 pandemic had slowed IPO activity around the world dramatically in April and May 2020.

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Validity of Electronic Signatures in Myanmar

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The COVID-19 pandemic impacts all aspects of our daily lives. Government authorities around the world have imposed various measures to reduce physical contact among people, including travel bans and movement restrictions (i.e., stay-at-home orders). Nevertheless, business transactions can still be performed by electronic means, including electronic communication/transmission and execution by e-signature. Reflecting changing needs, Myanmar also allows electronic signature documents to be exhibited as evidence in its courts and recognizes the legal validity of electronic signatures inserted onto commercial documents. Still, questions remain about the validity of electronic signatures for important transactions.

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COVID-19 in Myanmar: Impact on Commercial Contracts and Employment

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The coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact on the global economy and markets. As the coronavirus sweeps around the world, emerging and frontier countries like Myanmar face more challenges.

Since March 2020, the Myanmar government has introduced several immigration measures to reduce the transmission, including temporary suspension of issuing all types of visas and compulsory quarantine requirement for all travelers entering Myanmar. The Myanmar government also subsequently imposed a movement restriction requesting all residents to stay at home during the Thingyan festival (Myanmar New Year), in conjunction with the immigration measures.

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