As stated in the Basic Law, Hong Kong residents have the right to be represented in court. To have legal representation, there are plenty choices of law firms in the market. Some (bigger) firms perform more court representations than the others. Who are they? Let’s find it out.

This analysis is based on the daily cause lists published by Hong Kong Judiciary. Information shown in the cause list includes date and time, courthouse, case number, parties, judge and the representing lawyer.

The analysis period is from 18 March 2019 to 7 January 2021, a bit over 21 months. During the…


Nguyễn Phú Trọng (阮富仲) has been elected the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), during the 13th National Party Congress being held in Hanoi.

It will be his third term as the country’s most powerful political figure. He was first elected to the position in 2011, and re-elected in 2016.


If you are a WhatsApp user in Hong Kong, you might find that your instant-messaging application is somehow quiet these days.

On 4 January, WhatsApp updated its terms and privacy policy to enable sharing user data with Facebook Inc, its parent company. Users will lose access to WhatsApp if they refuse to accept the new terms by 8 February.

It turns out that, many users decided to ban WhatsApp before WhatsApp could ban them. Encouraged by KOLs and peers, they “migrated” to other encrypted messaging platforms, most notably Telegram and Signal.


Yesterday, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca was approved for use in the UK’s vaccination programme. Today, China’s State Food and Drug Administration also gave conditional approval to a vaccine developed by Sinopharm.

By the end of 2020, national regulatory authorities have approved six vaccines for public use. There are three categories of them: conventional inactivated vaccines, mRNA vaccines and viral vector vaccines.


Early this month, Edward Snowden, the ex-CIA systems analyst who exposed the US spy programme, asked Donald Trump to pardon Wikileaks founder Julian Assange:

https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/1334608745192677380

It has been more than 7 years since Snowden fled to Moscow. In October he was granted permanent residency in Russia, and now, with his wife Lindsay Mills, expecting their first baby boy.

For the older Julian Assange, the story is quite different. In 2012, he took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid the Swedish arrest warrant. Once his asylum was withdrawn in April 2019, he was immediately arrested by the police…


Last week, president-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination of Antony Blinken to the position of secretary of state. Tony served as deputy secretary of state (2015 to 2017) and deputy national security adviser (2013 to 2015) during the Obama administration.

For the position of defense secretary, Biden has yet to make a decision, but Michèle Flournoy is a likely pick. Michèle is a former under secretary of defense for policy (2009 to 2012).

Tony and Michèle launched the strategic consultancy WestExec Advisors LLC in 2017, together with two departing Obama officials Sergio Aguirre and Nitin Chadda. WestExec is loaded with…


In recent weeks, if you are a WhatsApp user in Hong Kong, you might receive the following message from friend:

Hello Sorry, I sent you a 6-digit SMS code by SMS by mistake. Can you pass it on to me? It is urgent

At the same time, a SMS message containing the code is sent to you by WhatsApp.


A widely circulated “intelligence report” accusing Hunter Biden of Chinese business ties finds its roots in Hong Kong media Apple Daily. The story is as follows:

Martin Aspen created a Twitter account @TyphoonInvesti1 in early August, and tweeted on 14 Aug that “We are currently working on a big and important investigation…”. Martin Aspen also has a LinkedIn account, in which he claims to be an ex-special consultant at Swiss Security Solutions GmbH.

The 64-page “intelligence report” first appeared on in a blog named Intelligence Quarterly on 3 Sep. The first page of the report shows the name “M A…


It was reported by FT that the US has blocked Hong Kong residents from accessing at least two federal government websites that provide economic data.

The websites of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes economic information including monthly jobs and unemployment figures, and the US Census Bureau, which releases data such as retail sales, new residential construction and international trade, have been inaccessible to Hong Kong internet users for months.

We check out the two websites of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/) and the US Census Bureau (https://www.census.gov/), and they show the same error massage of “Access Denied”:


There is a president who dubbed himself Tariff Man, but doesn’t want to pay taxes.

There is a startup which provides fraud prevention software, but falsifies its sales figures to defraud investors.

On 10 September, Las Vegas-based NS8 informed its employees that hundreds of them were laid off immediately. Employees had been told that the company was investigated by SEC for fraud.

One week later, NS8 co-founder Adam Rogas, who had just resigned from the position of CEO, was arrested by the FBI in Las Vegas. According to the SEC complaint, from at least 2018 through June 2020, Rogas altered…

Ken Chan

Project Director at EmployProof.org

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