Understanding Consumer Protections for NFTs in Singapore

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are cryptographic tokens on a blockchain that can prove the ownership and authenticity of a digital asset, which can also be considered as digital data with a certificate of ownership. NFTs are non-fungible because no two NFTs are the same and each has a unique identification code and metadata.

NFTs are becoming increasingly popular as a mode to buy and sell digital artworks, permitting artists to monetise their authentic digital artwork, which could otherwise easily be copied. Crucially, NFTs can be used with both digital and physical artwork for establishing provenance. In addition, certain NFTs may involve the seller providing the buyer with an access pass, which allows NFT holders access to exclusive goods or services, including events, subscriptions, content, or limited-edition products.

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【财富岚海】专栏 | 抽丝剥茧:英美法系下信托的本源


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【财富岚海】专栏 | 英美法系下,共有产权的法律形式

在英美法系国家买过房产的朋友,一定对Joint Tenancy(联合共有)和Tenancy in Common(按份共有)这两个法律词汇不陌生。但其实在英美法系,包括新加坡在内,共有产权的制度贯穿于整个财产所有权结构之中,不仅仅应用于房产。因此,理解这两种共有制度,对于财富传承的规划至关重要。

首先,“Tenancy”(租赁)在这两个词汇中并不指代租赁关系,只是持有关系的术语,因为这个词的起源是在这种共有关系最初产生的年代,那时英国所有的土地都是根据王室的封建租约持有的。 Continue reading “【财富岚海】专栏 | 英美法系下,共有产权的法律形式”

Singapore Private Equity and Venture Capital Landscape Series – Limited Partnerships

Limited partnerships (LPs) are commonly used globally as fund vehicles for both private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds. In Singapore, LPs were created as a business vehicle by the Limited Partnerships Act in 2008 (the Act), which came into effect on 4 May 2009 as part of Singapore’s efforts to become a fund management hub.

Those efforts have been supplemented by a myriad of other measures including (a) the creation of variable capital companies (VCCs) by the Variable Companies Act 2018, which came into force only on 14 January 2020; (b) the establishment of several classes of fund management licences including the venture capital fund management licence; and (c) a favourable tax environment that includes a one-tier system of taxation of income, no capital gain taxes and an extensive network of double taxation treaties, as well as several incentive schemes and grants. We will discuss these measures in more detail in other articles. Continue reading “Singapore Private Equity and Venture Capital Landscape Series – Limited Partnerships”

【财富岚海】专栏 | 如何理解普通法系的“Domicile居籍”?

21世纪的工作模式和生活模式意味着人们的流动性越来越大。而一个人与某个地方的连结——无论是因为出生在那里,或者在那里拥有财产,亦或是在那里工作,都会引发诸多实际的法律问题,尤其是在当地缴税的责任。在英美法系中,居籍(Domicile)这个普通法(Common Law)概念是非常重要的,常常被用作连结因素以断定当事人的税务责任。


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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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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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