COVID-19 Resource Hub

ZICO Law Response to COVID-19

As the World Health Organization has categorised the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, ASEAN countries continue to take precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus. As recently as yesterday, President Duterte of the Philippines has implemented a lockdown of its capital city, Manila while other South East Asia countries closely monitor the situation at home and abroad.

Given that ZICO Law has offices in all 10 ASEAN countries, each of our offices must follow the specific measures taken by their respective governments based on their policies and directives relating to […]

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September 2020

COVID-19 Stimulus Measures & Incentives with Special Focus on Projects & Infrastructure Sectors

With the world facing one of the biggest global crisis due to the sudden and rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), many governments have imposed measures necessary to curtail the spread of the pandemic. COVID-19 measures such as lockdowns, social distancing, international travel bans and freight transport restrictions were imposed across ASEAN countries based on the contagion rates and healthcare capacity. While such measures were necessary to help stop the spread of the disease, it also had the effect of halting business activities, disrupting sectors and placing a lot of strain on sectors that rely on global connectivity.

To support the economy, government and central banks across ASEAN have eased monetary policies to support economic activity and assemble stimulus packages to sustain businesses and individuals during periods of lockdown or movement restriction.

This publication provides a brief overview of the incentives and stimulus packages that have been rolled out in all ten ASEAN countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with a particular focus on investment in the infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

WEBINAR | 29 July 2020

Webinar: Malaysian Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era – Crash Landing or Cash Landing?

In light of the current uncertainties in both national and global economies, what will the property landscape be like in Malaysia? In this webinar, Zaid Ibrahim & Co. partners will be joined by Datuk Sr Paul Khong, Group Managing Director and Head of Savills Malaysia, for a comprehensive discussion on Malaysia’s real estate including:

  • Government initiatives to boost home ownership
  • Signing contracts during lockdown and the impact of the recent court rulings
  • Updated property markets and trends post-COVID-19

For more information:

Hanim Hamzah
Regional Managing Partner
ZICO Law Network
+65 6443 4920

ZICO Law Taskforce

We have established a taskforce to closely monitor any updates from the region’s agencies and authorities and focus on all issues that may arise including any possible exemptions from the implementation of the Announcement and the Order. If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact:


Hanim Hamzah
Regional Managing Partner
ZICO Law Network
+65 6443 4920


Mohamad Rozaiman Abdul Rahman
Managing Partner
+673 223 2929


Dr. Sok Siphana
Managing Partner
+855 2399 9878


Leoni Silitonga
Co-Executive Partner
Roosdiono & Partners
+6221 2978 3888


Aristotle David
Managing Partner
ZICOlaw (Laos) Sole Co. Ltd.
+856 21 410 033


Gilbert Gan
Managing Partner
Zaid Ibrahim & Co.
+603 2087 9999


Geraldine Oh
Resident Partner
ZICOlaw Myanmar Ltd.
+95 1 538362


Felix T Sy
Managing Partner
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
+63 2 964 8971


Yap Lian Seng
Managing Director
ZICO Insights Law
+65 6904 4184


Nuttaphol Arammuang
Managing Partner
ZICOlaw (Thailand) Ltd.
+66 2 6777 588


Phuong Nguyen
Managing Partner
ZICOlaw (Vietnam) Ltd.
+84 28 3915 1000

Information & Resources


16 November 2020 | Cambodia

Entry Requirements Revised on Travellers to Cambodia

The Ministry of Health of Cambodia (“MOH”), has through Announcement No. 226 dated 11 November 2020  (“Announcement No. 226”), amended entry requirements[…]


9 November 2020 | Philippines

Philippine SEC Issues Rules on Corporate Debt Vehicle

In response to the dampened economy brought about by the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (“COVID-19”) pandemic and to avert credit and liquidity crises, the Securities[…]


28 October 2020 | Malaysia

Malaysia’s Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Act 2020 in force

Malaysia’s Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Act 2020 (“COVID Act“) was gazetted and came into force on 23[…]


14 October 2020 | Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya put under Conditional Movement Control Order

On 12 October 2020, the National Security Council (“NSC”) announced that Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will be put under Conditional Movement Control Order (“CMCO”) in light of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Klang Valley. The CMCO took effect from 12.01am on 14 October 2020 and will be enforced for two weeks (“CMCO period”).


29 September 2020 | Myanmar

Myanmar: COVID-19 Updates – Stay at Home Orders

As the rate of COVID-19 infections were on a downtrend in May-June 2020, the Ministry of Health and Sports (“MOHS”) issued notifications (50/2020), (57/2020), (66/2020) and (72/2020) to revoke the stay at home programme.


18 September 2020 | Indonesia

Jakarta Re-imposes Large Scale Social Restriction Policy

On 9 September 2020, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced that the government would pull an emergency brake on Jakarta and re-impose the large scale social restriction (Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar or PSBB) policy starting 14 September 2020.


18 August 2020 | Cambodia

COVID-19: Revision of Entry Requirement for Foreign Travellers to Cambodia

On 4 August 2020, the Ministry of Health of Cambodia (“MOH”) officially announced a revision to entry requirements for foreign nationals travelling into the Kingdom of Cambodia (the “Announcement”). From 4 August 2020 onwards, The Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) will implement a Sponsorship Mechanism…


12 August 2020 | Malaysia

COVID-19 Laws: Examining the legal implications on the maxim generalia specialibus non derogant

This article by Partner Jeyakuhan Jeyasingam and Associate Victor Wong takes a look at the clash between the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Contract Act 1950 in light of the maxim of ‘generalia specialibus non derogant’ and how it can be applied to existing commercial contracts that have been disrupted by COVID-19.


8 July 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Industry Impact by Business Leaders Part 2

Industry leaders are coming to grips with the impacts of COVID-19 and are now looking ahead to what the future may have in store.

In this Part 2, we continue the conversation with business leaders Chris Marriott (CEO of Savills South East Asia), Gladys Chun (General Counsel and Head of Government Affairs of Lazada Group) and Paul Clarke (Strategic Pricing Director of Abbott Laboratories) who will discuss how each of their industries are adjusting and what they are positioning themselves for the future.


1 July 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Reopening Indonesia: Legal Updates from Key Sectors

As some parts of Indonesia emerge from the Large Scale Social Distancing Protocols/Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar (“PSBB”) first imposed by the government on 10 April 2020 to address the COVID-19 outbreak, the economy and businesses are attempting to restart and reopen within the framework of a “New Normal.” […]


25 June 2020 | Webinar

Webinar: Practical considerations for insolvency corporate rescue in the COVID-19 aftermath

At some point, the relief measures and moratoriums will come to an end and some companies that are affected by the pandemic would need to look at the hard choices of corporate rescue options. Therefore, it is timely for a dialogue on rescue mechanisms available in Malaysia that dwells into practical considerations for the distressed company, bank creditors, and the white knights […]


24 June 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Managing anxiety in times of uncertainty

In addition to the fear and anxiety about a new frightening disease such as COVID-19, we are also facing the overwhelming stress of uncertainties towards what could happen. Social distancing measures, including working from home, could lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. We also worry about our financial situation and the loss of support services that we rely on. How do we manage all this stress and anxiety?


22 June 2020 | Malaysia

How a Malaysian COVID-19 Act could help mall tenants and landlords who are in limbo

Partner Jeyakuhan S K Jeyasingam was interviewed in this article “How a Malaysian COVID-19 Act could help mall tenants and landlords who are in limbo” which was published in The Edge Malaysia Weekly on 28 April 2020. The article highlighted the impact of COVID-19 has on retailers and mall owners.


22 June 2020 | Malaysia

Claims for late delivery of homes likely to spike

Senior associate Neo Chi Chyn was interviewed in this article “Claims for late delivery of homes likely to spike” which was published in The Edge newspaper on 22 June 2020. The article highlighted the impact of COVID-19 has on the property development sector.


16 June 2020 | Indonesia

Health Protocols and Guidelines for Workplace during PSBB Transition Phase in DKI Jakarta Province in light of COVID-19 Outbreak

The Governor of DKI Jakarta has issued Governor Regulation No. 51 of 2020 and Regulation No. 563 of 2020 on the Implementation of Large Scale Social Restrictions (“PSBB”) during the Transition Period to a Healthy, Safe and Productive Public (“Governor Regulations”). The transition period started from 5 June 2020 and has been implemented to lift the PSBB that have been in place since 10 April 2020.


10 June 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Tackling online counterfeiting and IP infringement in the “new norm” era

With the COVID pandemic spurring lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing measures across ASEAN and many countries worldwide, online activities particularly online shopping have experienced a sharp spike.  As more business sectors scramble to digitize their operations and with no definitive end to the pandemic in the near future, the digital and virtual sphere in commerce will continue to strive, particularly amongst the younger consumer generations in Asia who are technologically savvy.


13 June 2020 | Malaysia

Corporate Rescues and COVID-19: Tackling Economic Distress and Emerging Stronger

These are trying times, not just to the many individuals but also companies. The ongoing battle with COVID-19 has created stress points for many companies. While companies may face fears of business slowdown or going under, they should also be aware of potential opportunities, not just to survive through these economic challenges, but also to emerge stronger from the experience.


12 June 2020 | Thailand

Guidelines for Employers on COVID-19

Following the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the government has issued several guidelines and aids to assist both employers and employees in this trying time. Now that most of the measures have been announced and implemented, we have provided a summary of the guidelines focusing on employment issues for easy reference.


12 June 2020 | Indonesia

New Mining Law Finalised

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian House of Representative (“DPR”) announced on 13 May 2020 that the draft Bill of new Mining Law (“draft Bill”) which will replace its 2009 predecessor, is complete.  To most people, this announcement was surprising and unexpected.


12 June 2020 | Vietnam

Directive 11 on Business Assistance and Assurance of Social Welfare amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in various economic obstacles for local and foreign investment in Vietnam.  On 4 March 2020, the Prime Minister promulgated Directive 11/CT-TTg (“Directive 11”) on urgent objectives and solutions for assisting businesses facing difficulties and assurance of social welfare amid COVID-19 pandemic. 


12 June 2020 | Laos

New License Requirement in Lao Payment Services Sector

Businesses are adapting to survive in this ongoing global health crisis by employing among others, online business models. This growth of digital economy and e-commerce business has led to an increase use of online payment settlement instruments and devices worldwide.


11 June 2020 | Brunei

In Sickness and in Health: Protecting Worker’s Rights under a Pandemic

In these precarious and unprecedented times, it is already anticipated that the spread of COVID-19 will result in a major disruption to global markets. Indeed, a recession is already underway, sending ripples across borders with certain local-specific ramifications, primarily affecting the private sector especially since it is predominantly made up SMEs, micro and home businesses, and startups […]


3 June 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Back to Business: Resurgence in the Mekong region

As a number of countries in the Mekong region are easing lockdown and quarantine restrictions, businesses and industries are looking for a return to normalcy or a new normal altogether. Join ZICO Law experts from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to find out what you need to know from the region. The panel will discuss country-specific emerging post-lockdown trends, legal and regulatory changes and opportunities in the midst of resurgence.


3 June 2020 | Webinar

Webinar: 'This is not a drill! Repeat; this is not a drill!' The reality of the 'new normal': how are law firms changing and how are legal consumers reacting?

Regional Managing Partner Hanim Hamzah moderated a webinar on behalf of the International Bar Association (IBA) Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee to discuss the shifting structures of law firms in the era of COVID-19. The virtual roundtable discussed the permanent changes to performance and profitability management across differing perspectives.


1 June 2020 | ASEAN

COVID-19 Response in Asia

ZICO Law collaborated with King & Wood Mallesons and Trilegal to produce a report on the government and regulatory response towards the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia. The report includes insights on border restrictions, movement controls, financial stimulus and protections, employment issues for all 10 ASEAN countries as well as China, India and China Hong Kong SAR.


20 May 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Post COVID-19 Pivot to Digital Adoption: Trending legal considerations

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rush to digital adoption. This rush, we think, is driven by 2 key factors. Digitalisation to restart businesses and operations post Covid-19, and also to build resilience for future uncertainties. Secondly, the “fear-of-losing-out” to disruptors and competitors.

Are there legal and regulatory speedbreakers to look-out for? Listen to our experts in this webinar, as we discuss the key legal and regulatory issues on these digitalisation trends.


19 May 2020 | Malaysia

Webinar: Aggressive M&A in times of crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the share prices of many publicly listed companies to be battered and susceptible to further declines. A wave of public companies have since gone private. Company owners may need to consider mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to capitalise on opportunities presented in this current situation.

Deloitte Malaysia, AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Zaid Ibrahim & Co., and Tricor Corporate Services Sdn Bhd shared insights into some key issues.


13 May 2020 | Webinar

Webinar: Section 17A MACC Act 2009: What in-house counsels must know

The corporate liability provision in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 is coming into force in less than a month. In this featured webinar, we deep dive into these key legal issues and practical pointers on compliance, which in-house counsels must know.


12 May 2020 | Malaysia

Webinar: COVID-19 Mission: Recovery

COVID-19 is affecting every element of business, from the robustness of supply chains, to the stability of the financial markets, the availability of the labour force and the threat of rapidly waning customer demand. KPMG Malaysia and ZICO Law organised a webinar that delved on the recovery options for distressed companies in the aspect of corporate rescue mechanisms and restructuring.


7 May 2020 | Thailand

Webinar: Employment Law Issues Related to COVID-19 Situation in Thailand

ZICO Law Thailand participated in a webinar organised by Zhonghao Law Firm to speak about employment law issues related to COVID-19.


6 May 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Regulatory trends and opportunities for start-ups and scale-ups post movement control

Many businesses were unable to prepare for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent operational limitations imposed during the movement control in Malaysia. Those that have braced this uncertain period would have to quickly adapt to what is being called ‘the new norm’.[…]


5 May 2020 | Malaysia

COVID-19 Update: Easing of Restrictions under Conditional MCO

On 1 May 2020, during a special address, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that there will be an ease of restrictions in which a number of activities will be allowed to resume beginning 4 May 2020 under a conditional MCO. This announcement has been gazetted under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No.5) Regulations 2020. […]


4 May 2020 | Philippines

Extension of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Philippines

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 112 released by the Office of the President of the Philippines on 1 May 2020, the Enhanced Community Quarantine (“ECQ”) imposed on the National Capital Region (“NCR”) where […]


4 May 2020 | Indonesia

Written Order to Problematic Banks Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

As part of its effort to stabilise the nation’s financial system amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan, “OJK”) has recently issued OJK Regulation No. 18/POJK.03/2020 concerning Written Order to Handle Bank Problems (“POJK 18/2020”)[…]


4 May 2020 | Malaysia

Private-sector rescue financing to mitigate impact of outbreak

As we begin to “flatten the curve”, we can now look forward to the gradual restoration of economic activity. But it would be credulous to say that business will resume as to what it was before. Businesses are facing many challenges from short term cash flow problems to new market conditions.[…]


29 April 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: A Legal Health Check for your Transactions

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted various businesses, bringing some to a virtual standstill while some are scrambling to mitigate the risks. Join us as we explore what this means for your existing contracts and on-going M&A transactions[…]


29 April 2020 | Indonesia

Public Companies allowed to Convene Electronic-General Meeting of Shareholders

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (“OJK”) has extended the deadline for public companies to hold annual shareholders meeting from June to 31 August 2020 at the latest. […]


29 April 2020 | Indonesia

Aviation Industry Response to COVID-19

The global aviation industry has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak from the day the World Health Organization (“WHO”) announced it as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020[…]


27 April 2020 | Malaysia

Impact on valuation assessment and deal structuring in responding to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to lead to severe economic consequences on a global scale. Adverse financial impact is likely to drive a change in the way organisations carry their business or make deals. Businesses should consider the impact on investments recorded in their financial statements, values of their properties or future transactions, and how such transactions should be structured.

Professionals from Deloitte, CBRE | WTW and Zaid Ibrahim & Co. shared their thoughts and experience in this webinar.


23 April 2020 | Malaysia

COVID-19: Issues faced by Developers under the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966

All development projects in Malaysia have been halted since 18 March 2020 in view of the Movement Control Order (“MCO”), which has now been extended to 28 April 2020. As the housing development industry is not considered as an essential service industry, developers are unable to carry out any of the construction works until the MCO is lifted. […]


23 April 2020 | Indonesia

COVID-19 Outbreak declared as a Non-Natural National Disaster

On 13 April 2020, the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, issued a Presidential Decree No. 12 of 2020 on the Stipulation as a Non-Natural National Disaster of the Spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (“Decree”). […]


22 April 2020 | Indonesia

Temporary Closure of Intellectual Property Service Counter due to COVID-19

In relation to the development on the latest situation and conditions regarding the spread of COVID-19 which is increasing and also instruction from the President of the Republic of Indonesia regarding the handling of COVID-19 […]


22 April 2020 | Singapore

COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 – Temporary Relief Measures for Certain Contractual Obligations

The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 (the “Act”) forms the backbone of several temporary relief measures put in place by the Singapore government to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, the Act allows temporary relief from legal actions arising from the inability to perform obligations in specified contracts. […]


22 April 2020 | Malaysia

BFM 89.9 Radio Interview with Mr Chew Seng Kok of ZICO Holdings Inc.

Chew Seng Kok, Managing Director of ZICO Holdings Inc, speaks to BFM Radio 89.9 following the strategic collaboration between Yamada Consulting Group and ZICO Holdings Inc. He shares how this partnership creates a platform that will bridge Japanese strategic investors and ASEAN SMEs in need of funding.


21 April 2020 | Myanmar

Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic in Myanmar

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID–19”) to be a pandemic. After this declaration, on 13 March 2020, the President Office announced the establishment of a Central Committee to Prevent, Control and Treat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“the Committee”).


20 April 2020 | ASEAN

ASEAN in crisis and its preparedness against COVID-19

How will COVID-19 truly impact ASEAN and how prepared are we to deal with the consequences? Regional Managing Partner Hanim Hamzah gives her thoughts and analysis in an article originally published on The Edge Malaysia Magazine.


19 April 2020 | Indonesia

Protecting Employees and Ensuring Business Continuity in Indonesia

Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) in Indonesia, on 17 March 2020 the Ministry of Manpower issued Circular Letter No. M/3/HK.04/III/2020 in relation to employee’s protection and business continuity in the middle of the prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak (“Circular Letter”).


17 April 2020 | Indonesia

Regulations on Large-Scale Social Restrictions Implemented in Indonesia

On 10 April 2020, the city of Jakarta implemented the Regulations on Large-Scale Social Restrictions during COVID-19. Law No. 6 of 2018 on Health Quarantine (“Health Quarantine Law”) requires the government to protect the society from any health risk under a health emergency.


16 April 2020 | Malaysia

Fintech's virus silver lining

In this article, first published in Starbiz on 15 April 2020, Jonathan Lim, Partner of Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law) shares his insights on how the latest developments will impact the private sector, and how it is time for the more traditional to embrace digitisation.


15 April 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Employment Issues to Consider

“COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Employment Issues to Consider” explores crucial employment issues as companies grapple with the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the crisis prolongs and intensifies, employers are not just focused on ensuring a safe and healthy workplace, but also on maintaining business continuity and survival in the face of economic challenges.


10 April 2020 | Malaysia

COVID-19 Update: Extension of MCO and Economic Stimulus Packages

On 10 April 2020, during a special address, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the government of Malaysia will be extending the nationwide Movement Control Order from 15 April 2020 until 28 April 2020. The key highlights of the extended MCO Order include continued school closures with home-based and online learning, and the opening of several economic sectors in stages.


8 April 2020 | Cambodia

Khmer New Year Holiday Cancelled

On 7 April 2020 the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issued Notification No.012/20 on the Postponement of 2020 Khmer New Year Holiday. […]


1 & 8 April 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 in ASEAN Webinar: Country Status Update on Legal Implications for Clients on Business and Risk Issues

As the COVID-19 pandemic has effectively forced a global standstill, businesses in ASEAN continue to scramble to achieve business continuity, contingency and clarity. In this webinar regional ZICO Law leaders discuss, compare and strategize on key legal concerns across South East Asia in relation to the developing COVID-19 outbreak.


3 April 2020 | Lao PDR

Lao PDR Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Regulations and notifications in response to COVID-19 pandemic have been issued in the past few weeks by several governmental authorities, such as the Ministry of Finance (“MOF”) and the Prime Minister’s Office (“PMO”). It is however important to note that Lao Government has established the National Task Force Committee on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 (“Task Force Committee”) to be […]


2 April 2020 | Vietnam

Prime Minister’s new directive on COVID-19 prevention and control

On 31 March 2020, Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, issued Directive 16/TT-TTg on implementation of urgent measures for prevention and control of COVID-19 (“Directive 16”). Pursuant to Directive 16, a wide range of stringent social distancing measures have been implemented, including restricting citizens from leaving […]


2 April 2020 | Malaysia and ASEAN

COVID-19's Far Reaching Effects

An article published by StarBiz on how the coronavirus could impact contracts and other legal considerations in Malaysia and ASEAN. Partners Jeyakuhan S K Jeyasingam and Tan Wooi Hong provide their comments in this write up.


31 March 2020 | Cambodia

COVID-19: Cambodia’s Measures on Travel Restriction

On 27 March 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia, through Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s (“MoFAI”) announcement, imposed travel restrictions measure (“Travel Restrictions”) in order to reduce and contain the transmission of the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) and to be in line with the measures taken ASEAN countries—effective from 12am of 30 March 2020. […]


30 March 2020 | Laos

ZICO Law Laos’ Work from Home Protocols

Further to our communication on 24 March 2020, we write to inform you that the Prime Minister of Lao PDR has issued Order No. 06/PMdated 29 March 2020 requiring government offices and the private sector to suspend regular workplace activity and arrange for all employees to work from home until 11 April 2020, […]


27 March 2020 | Vietnam

ZICO Law Vietnam’s Commitment to Serve You amidst the COVID-19 Situation

As the COVID-19 global outbreak continues to evolve, we are facing this unprecedented situation together. We are closely monitoring the situation in Vietnam where our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our people, clients and certainly, to ensure the continuity of our services without interruption. […]


25 March 2020 | Cambodia

SokSiphana&associates’ Commitment to Serve You amidst the COVID-19 Situation

As the COVID-19 global outbreak continues to evolve, we are facing this unprecedented situation together. We are closely monitoring the situation in Cambodia where our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our people, clients and certainly, to ensure the continuity of our services without interruption. […]


25 March 2020 | Malaysia

COVID-19: Impact of MCO Regulations on tenants – are reduced rentals allowed?

On 25 March 2020, the Movement Control Order was extended for a further 14 days, thereby pushing the end of the quarantine period until 14 April 2020. This legal alert discusses the impact of the MCO Regulations on tenants and whether they are allowed to claim for reduced rentals. […]


24 March 2020 | ASEAN

ASEAN Stock Exchanges’ Response To Falling Market Prices

In just weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases has ticked up exponentially, breaching 300,000 globally. The outbreak has caused many countries around the world to be in lockdown, crippling economic activity across the globe. As uncertainty grips the stock market amid the coronavirus pandemic, investors […]


24 March 2020 | Laos

ZICO Law Laos’ Commitment to Serve You amidst the COVID-19 Situation

As the COVID-19 global outbreak continues to evolve, we are facing this unprecedented situation together. We are closely monitoring the situation in Laos where our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our people, clients and certainly, to ensure the continuity of our services without interruption. […]


23 March 2020 | Myanmar

ZICO Law Myanmar’s Commitment to Serve You amidst the COVID-19 Situation

As the COVID-19 global outbreak continues to evolve, we are facing this unprecedented situation together. We are closely monitoring the situation in Myanmar where our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our people, clients and certainly, to ensure the continuity of our services without interruption. […]


23 March 2020 | Indonesia

Roosdiono & Partners Work from Home Protocols

Further to our earlier announcement dated 17 March 2020, we write to inform you that Roosdiono & Partners will invoke a work from home protocol for all lawyers and staff from 23 March 2020 until 5 April 2020, subject to further developments. […]


23 March 2020 | Thailand

ZICO Law Thailand Implements Business Continuity Plan in Response to COVID-19

ZICO Law Thailand has adopted a Business Continuity Plan (“BCP”) which includes remote working arrangement as a preventive measure to minimise exposure of our staff and clients. The BCP will take effect from 24 March 2020 until 6 April 2020. […]


19 March 2020 | Webinar

COVID-19 crisis management: what law firms should be doing for themselves and their clients

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, ZICO Law Regional Managing Partner, Hanim Hamzah, co-moderated a webinar with global law firm leaders on how the current situation is affecting practice, working environment and client interactions.


18 March 2020 | Malaysia

Updates on Movement Control Order – Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 comes into effect

Further to our alert on Movement Control Order in Malaysia – Immediate Implications [link], the Federal Gazzette has published the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 […]


17 March 2020 | Indonesia

Roosdiono & Partners Split Working Teams Arrangement

In light of the recent recommendation from the Government of Indonesia for implementing “social distancing” measures and for employees to work from home amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, and as we seek to safeguard the health and safety of our staff and their families as well as our clients while also continuing to deliver uninterrupted, high quality,  […]


17 March 2020 | Malaysia

Movement Control Order in Malaysia – Immediate Implications

On 16 March 2020, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, had announced (“Announcement”) the imposition of a 14-day movement control order from 18 March to 31 March 2020 (“Period”) nationwide to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection in Malaysia. The Prime Minister […]


13 March 2020 | Philippines

Insights Philippines Legal Advisors Work from Home Protocols

In light of the mandatory enhanced community quarantine covering the entire major island of Luzon, including Metropolitan Manila and the National Capital Region, by the Philippine Government on 13 March 2020, we write to inform you that Insights Philippines Legal Advisors had implemented a work from home protocol […]


February 2020 | ASEAN

Snapshot of ASEAN Employer Obligations due to COVID-19

Following ZICO Law’s publication on “ASEAN’s Response to Covid-19: Employment Issues to Consider”, we have prepared a snapshot ASEAN-wide perspective of the employer obligations in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak in each country.


February 2020 | ASEAN

ASEAN's Response to COVID-19: Employment Issues to Consider

With the Corona virus (COVID-19) now a global pandemic, employers in the private sector are scrambling to ensure their employees remain safe and healthy while keeping their business running. The virus has spread to numerous countries, including within the ASEAN region. In this publication, we provide a regional overview of the legal obligations […]