31 Mar 2020

Hong Kong: COVID-19 - Signing documents and entering into contracts remotely when working from home

With many working from home, more deals will be signed remotely. Signatories working away from the office often prefer to avoid printing off pages and using wet-ink signatures. This Hong Kong briefing gives practical advice on entering into contracts remotely.

Hong Kong is a common law jurisdiction. The form which a contract takes is therefore largely irrelevant to the question of its validity and enforceability. With some exceptions, it is the substance and not the form that defines a contract. Whilst the Electronic Transactions Ordinance (Cap. 553) (ET Ordinance) sets out provisions in relation to electronic transactions, the development of electronic contracting can largely be accommodated within the existing contract law framework. 

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Peter Lake
Partner at Slaughter and May
Jason Webber
Partner at Slaughter and May
Mike Ringer
Counsel at Slaughter and May