National Security > COVID-19 Resource Center
25 Mar '20

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to numerous industries and sectors on a worldwide scale in an unprecedented manner. The asset management industry, like so many other business sectors, has proven far from immune to the impact of the health crisis. This alert aims to provide an overview of several key items that Hong Kong-based fund managers and financial markets participants with an office in or exposure to Hong Kong or Asia may wish to take into consideration as they navigate the challenges presented by this outbreak.

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24 Mar '20

In this summary briefing, our team looks at some of the key legal risk issues that businesses need to be aware of in order to position themselves optimally—to protect and enhance returns for their stakeholders. As the public health crisis in many parts of Asia enters what we hope is a stabilization phase, its continuing impact remains a key variable, which will continue to drive business and risk planning across the region.

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23 Mar '20

On March 20, 2020, USTR announced that in “an effort to keep current on developments in our national fight against the coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic,” the agency “has opened a new docket for members of the public, business, and government agencies to submit comments” on possibly removing duties from additional medical care products of Chinese-origin. According to USTR, this comment process “supplements” the current Lists 3 and 4 exclusion processes and does not replace them.

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20 Mar '20

The U.K. Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced an “unprecedented package of government-backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses” to get through the COVID-19 shock. This note explores in more detail the main components of the U.K. rescue package that have been announced to date, and provides further information (to the extent available) on matters such as eligibility and the application process.

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09 Mar '20

As Covid-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, spreads throughout the world, governments, businesses and individuals will all need to take measures to protect against the potential public health issues that the coronavirus poses. Its outbreak will likely lead to significant economic disruption around the world. This blog explores the potential impact that this economic disruption may have on global corporate transactions and suggests some potential considerations in connection with negotiating transactions in this environment.

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09 Mar '20

This alert highlights important developments and offers related analysis and tips regarding the international trade impacts of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). While the effects of COVID-19 are first and foremost a humanitarian issue, its effects also cut across many aspects of international trade, including supply chain management, business travel, immigration, manufacturing, sales, importing, exporting, customs, and logistics. The alert is designed particularly for in-house international trade professionals, including compliance personnel and trade attorneys, although it may be helpful to a wide audience in business and government. Specifically, we highlight challenges for trade compliance professionals, provide trade compliance considerations and a checklist, and compile relevant articles related to government actions and industry impacts that are representative of some of the issues that have emerged as COVID-19 continues to impact international trade issues.

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17 Feb '20

The growing divergence between oil prices and spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices has created incentives for Asian buyers under long-term LNG contracts to seek price adjustments and other forms of LNG contract flexibility such as diversion rights and quantity flex. While the commercial realities of a buyer’s market and low Henry Hub pricing has led to many “buyer friendly” changes to contract terms, force majeure (FM) clauses have remained relatively unchanged and often follow long-established forms.

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