The California Fitness Saga: What We Can Learn From Futures Contracts

In the 17th century, there was a period called the “Dutch Golden Age”. At the height of Tulip Mania, the contract price for bulbs of tulip reached such extraordinary prices that those prices did not reflect the actual value of the bulb of tulip. Despite the high prices, there was…

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Value vs Costs

We have often heard: Singaporeans know the COSTS of everything but do not know the VALUE of anything. This is a criticism of our small mindedness and small businesses. What then is the meaning of VALUE? There is no easy answer, but most experts will agree that value must be…

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What Happens To Foreign Workers Who Commit A Crime In Singapore?

Although we specialise in matters pertaining to corporate law and business issues, such as intellectual property and business structures, sometimes we have the opportunity to work outside of our usual scope - this includes cases where an errant employee of a client was in legal trouble and required legal representation. Today, we are going…

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Big Brand Illusion: How Not To Regret Partnering With Big Companies

I read the story of Google-backed Chinese tech startup Mobvoi’s travails with Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi. The crux is how the nascent startup was so excited to partner with Xiaomi that they did not bother securing a proper, written contract before starting the project. After three months of work, which involved…

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