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National Security & Investment Bill
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The UK Government has published the National Security and Investment Bill – a proposed law that will introduce a screening process for certain acquisitions and investments and which is expected to come into force as early as April 2021. The National Security and Investment Bill has now had its second reading and is expected to come into force as early as April 2021. We take a look at what it will cover...

UnMasked: A Generational Shift in Attitudes About Racial Inequity, Diversity And The Unique Implications for Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

This week, Westlaw Today published an article by Dinsmore partner J.T. Wilson III about the generational shift in attitudes toward racial equity in light of George Floyd's death and about how business owners and employers must react accordingly...

How Could Cryptocurrency Affect Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Earlier this month, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla, the electric car company run by the world's richest person, had bought $1.5bn (£1.1bn) in bitcoin and might soon also accept payment in the popular but controversial cryptocurrency. News of Tesla’s investment boosted bitcoin, and while lately it dropped from its record high, it appears to be rebounding. Cryptocurrency investment continues to move into the mainstream as global interest rates remain at record lows...

Travel to India during COVID-19
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, February 2021

This article has been updated based on the available information until 20th February 2021. As Government notifications are constantly revised, it is advisable to consult your attorney or visit the website of the relevant Government agency prior to travelling. Further, in additional to the guidelines published by the Central Government, passengers are also requested to refer to State specific official websites to be well informed about any additional requirements...

Agile Implementations and Legacy Systems – A Pyrrhic Victory for the Co-Op?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The recent CIS v IBM decision touches on two topical issues in IT disputes: maintenance and replacement of legacy systems, and  use of agile implementation methodologies.  It is also a useful reminder of some important basics regarding the management of troubled IT projects. The case and the issues The claimant (Co-op) was the insurance business of the Co-op group...

Bid Protests in New York
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Bradley attorneys Aron Beezley and Nathaniel Greeson highlight the administrative bid protest landscape in New York given the state's abundant acquisition economy. New York state's budget is the second largest in the country, and with it, New York has some of the most developed state acquisition laws and procedures in the country. Accordingly, New York provides comparatively robust bid protest rights when it comes to state-level bid protests...

Legal Developments in the Philippines: Focus on Data Privacy, Digital Banks and FinTech
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

This bulletin is on recent Philippine legal developments in data privacy, fintech and digital banks. PRIVACY UPDATE Caring about Sharing: New Rules on Data Sharing Agreements On December 23, 2020, the Philippine data privacy regulator, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Circular No. 2020-03 on data sharing agreements (2020 DSA Circular).1 The circular supersedes NPC Circular No...

Administrative Step or Aggressive Movement? Revenue’s Announcement on Centralisation and Dispersal of Certain Categories of Corporate and Non-Corporate Taxpayers’ Files
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (Revenue)’s press release of 13 January 2021 announced the Revenue’s implementation of centralisation and dispersal of tax files for taxpayers of certain categories, with effect from 1 January 2021...

Inclusion at Work: Perspectives on LGBT+ Working Lives
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

New research from the CIPD has confirmed that LGBT+ employees experience higher level of work-based conflict, and almost one in five transgender workers feel psychologically unsafe at work. The CIPD’s recent report, Inclusion at work: perspectives on LGBT+ working lives confirms that while workplace inclusivity is fundamental to good, fair work and positive employee outcomes, many organisations have been slow to make headway to support their LGBT+ workforces...

The Amicus Brief: An Efficient And Elegant Public Policy Tool
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

In its most recent issue, For The Defense published an article by Dinsmore partner Richik Sarkar’s called "The Amicus Brief: An Efficient And Elegant Public Policy Tool." The article examines how, when properly employed, an amicus brief can be the best tool to effect lasting change for the benefit of the amicus and similar parties, industries, and legal interests. An excerpt is below...

Overcoming TM Maintenance Filing Hurdles Amid Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

As we near the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, trademark maintenance deadlines in 2021 create new obstacles for registrants. To maintain a federal trademark registration, registrants must periodically file an affidavit of use under Section 8, swearing that the mark is in use in commerce or that the registrant has an acceptable excuse for nonuse. Recent office actions show that the U.S...

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) – AML/CFT Regtech: Case Studies and Insights
Deacons, February 2021

The HKMA published a report titled “AML/CFT Regtech: Case Studies and Insights” highlighting the opportunities that Regtech offers to transform the effectiveness and efficiency of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (“AML/CFT”) efforts, and sharing end-to-end approaches which worked in real-life examples...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, February 2021

1. Historic: First vaccine administered in Colombia. A nurse in the Caribbean region of Sincelejo was the first Colombian to be vaccinated in the country. The original plan had been to begin the nationwide vaccination program on Saturday (February 20), but things have moved faster. Sincelejo and Montería began vaccinating today. Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga and Cartagena begin tomorrow...

New Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“ASIFMA”) Report on Data Challenges and Opportunities for ESG and Sustainable Finance in APAC
Deacons, February 2021

ASIFMA, together with the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance, published a paper entitled “Data Challenges and Opportunities for ESG and Sustainable Finance in Asia Pacific” – a result of a year-long review of sustainability data challenges facing the industry in the Asia Pacific...

Lao PDR: New Taxpayer Identification Numbers (“TIN”) for Individuals
DFDL, February 2021

On 10 February 2021, the Ministry of Finance has issued a Notification (? 0831/MoF) regarding the issuance of Taxpayer Identification Numbers (“TIN“) for individuals...

Financial Stability Institute (“FSI”) Publishes Bank for International Settlement (“BIS”) Research Paper on Fintech Regulation
Deacons, February 2021

The FSI has published the BIS’s research paper titled “Fintech regulation: how to achieve a level playing field” in February 2021 (the “Paper”). The Paper explores how regulation should evolve to encourage fair competition between traditional banks and new fintech and big tech players...

A One-Way Street: A Petition Arguing Obvious Did Not Give Notice of Anticipation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

In M&K Holdings, Inc., v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., 2020-1160 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 1, 2021), the Federal Circuit found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by finding a patent claim unpatentable using a “markedly” different theory from the one the patent challenger presented. In this case, the patent challenger (i.e...

Justices Should Weigh In On FCA Objective Falsity Standard
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

In its conference on Feb. 19, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider two pending petitions for certiorari that could resolve a critical but deeply disputed issue that impacts both the False Claims Act and health care law. The cert petitions in those cases — U.S. v. Care Alternatives,[1] and Winter v...

IHL Series: IR35 refresher
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

In an ever-changing working world, it has never been as important to stay in touch and up to date with what's happening around us. Our bite-sized webinars are designed to focus on practical tips for in-house lawyers...

Hong Kong SFC Licensing and Compliance Hints: Protecting Client Assets
Deacons, February 2021

As mentioned in our article published on 3 April 2020, the deadline for compliance with the Securities and Futures Commission’s (SFC’s) circular of 8 July 2019 on new measures to protect client assets (Circular) was extended to 31 January 2021. With these new measures in place, intermediaries are now required to obtain confirmation from authorised institutions (AIs) (i.e...

Good Governance in Farming Businesses
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Post-Brexit, it’s now even more important for farming families to understand how changes to direct payments and valuation of farmland can affect succession, asset protection and family disputes. We explain what you need to know. Leaving the EU resulted in the UK leaving the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which paid farmers direct payments and has been a significant source of income for many farmers...

SFC Guidance on the Appointment of Multiple Custodians and Custody Procedures for Open-Ended Fund Companies
Deacons, February 2021

On 23 December 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to Open-ended Fund Companies (OFCs) on matters related to custodians and the custody of assets and records of the OFC. Appointment of multiple custodians Under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, all scheme property of an OFC must be entrusted to a custodian of the OFC for safekeeping...

Real Estate IHL Series - The Future of CVAs & other L&T issues
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Andrew Pattinson and Anna Lowe interview Sarah Teal and Richard Symonds on how CVAs are currently being used, where they are going and what do landlords and tenants (and their advisors) need to know? What exactly is a CVA and why is it different from other forms of insolvency process A CVA is a company rescue procedure. It is a proposal whereby the company restructures its business (i.e. deals with historic debts, under performance stores etc...

Mainland China briefing: Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau sign MoU for the Greater Bay Area Wealth Management Connect Scheme
Deacons, February 2021

On 5 February 2021, financial authorities in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, including the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM), jointly signed a memorandum of understa

In Default? New Chanes to Consumer Credit Rules
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Several key changes to existing legislation have been made due to the Consumer Credit (Enforcement, Default and Termination Notices) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 coming into effect. We run through what you need to know. The amendments, which came into force on 2 December 2020, have been welcomed by debtors and mental health campaigners, who have argued for years that changes were required to the form and content of default notices...



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