Welcome to the first of our bi-annual update newsletters for 2017. This publication is designed to help you keep your finger on the pulse of the key legal developments across APAC that could affect your organisation.

If you, like me, were hoping that the second half of 2016 would be smoother than the first half, our hopes did not materialise! The year ended with a bang, rather than a whimper. As organisations reflect on the way forward, and how to react to developments in Europe and North America, we would encourage you to reach out to our APAC network of lawyers to help navigate you through choppy waters and provide you with support for your 'business as usual' needs.

In the APAC region, a key trend has been legal change driven by the changing demographics of ageing populations, with many governments across the region passing or proposing laws that address retirement ages and the administration of pension funds. There has also been a trend across the region to propose or pass increases to minimum wage legislation and enhance employees' family-friendly rights.

If you have any questions or if there is anything you require assistance with, please reach out to me or anyone across our APAC network. My details are below, the names of your local contacts across the region have been hyperlinked to their email addresses and full contact details for our team are at the back of this newsletter

Wishing you a happy, healthy and extremely prosperous year of the Rooster!

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