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Guest Column: For Alabama Companies Doing Business in Afghanistan, Some Legal Thoughts
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2021

[!<CDATA[ The unprecedented speed of the collapse of the former Afghan central government is a humanitarian tragedy. The magnitude of which is rightfully distracting from the immediate near-term and long-term legal issues that those who supported the coalition efforts in Afghanistan are compelled to address as the immediate human concerns fade from the spotlight. In particular, U.S...

The Launch of Wealth Management Connect – Cross-Boundary Fund Distribution Across the Greater Bay Area Gets the Green Light
Deacons, September 2021

Background On 10 September 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and People’s Bank of China (PBoC)released their respective implementation rules in connection with the cross-boundary Wealth Management Connect (WMC) pilot scheme in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA)...

The Dramatic Increase in UK Megadeals
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

A new report by Shoosmiths, in partnership with Beauhurst, shows that the number of venture capital ‘megadeals’ in the UK has increased tenfold over the last decade. In 2011 a modest five ‘megadeals’ (where £50 million or more is invested into a company) occurred, compared with an astounding 51 megadeals in the first half of 2021...

International Arbitration: Regional Perspectives, Asia
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

On 7 July 2021 we hosted the second event in our webinar series on International Arbitration, Regional Perspectives and focused on arbitration in Asia...

Bitesize Briefing – Freeports – Commercial Contracts and Supply Chain
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

The government has confirmed its intention to establish eight new Freeports in Solent, East Midlands Airport, Felixstowe & Harwich, Humber, Liverpool City Region, Plymouth & South Devon, Teesside and Thames. In our latest Freeport bitesize briefing, we look at some of the potential commercial contracts and supply chain opportunities for businesses looking to operate in these Freeports. There are generous customs and taxation benefits within Freeport sites...

A Much-Awaited Relief to Indian Exporters on Remission of Duties
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, September 2021

The World Trade Organization (‘WTO’) has always been of the view that Indian export subsidy schemes like Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (‘MEIS’), Export Oriented Units (‘EOUs’), Service Export Incentive Schemes are principally in violation to the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement (‘SCM Agreement’)...

Tackling Chinese Counterfeits is Not Child’s Play
Deacons, August 2021

Did you know? At the end of last year, US Customers and Border Protection officers seized around US$1.3 million worth in China counterfeit toys at the Port of New York and New Jersey. The seizure included more than 141,000 counterfeit UNO card games, 9,600 "LOL Surprise! Under Wraps” balls and almost 2000 “LOL Surprise!” capsule toys...

Observations Regarding Fixed-Income Principal and Cross Trades by Investment Advisers from an Examination Initiative
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

On July 21, 2021, the SEC’s Division of Examinations (the Division) issued a Risk Alert detailing more than 20 examinations of investment advisers who engaged in cross trades, principal trades, or both, involving fixed-income securities as part of the Division’s FIX Initiative. The July 21, 2021, Risk Alert is a follow-up to the Sept...

Will PLIs Give Japanese Manufacturing a Boost in India?
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, August 2021

Japan has a history of investment and joint ventures in India. Foreign direct investment from Japan increased to USD35 billion between 2000-2020, with USD10 billion worth of inbound mergers and acquisitions in 2015-2020 alone. Factors including geopolitical realignments in Asia, excess global liquidity and a new, incentive-based manufacturing regime in India mean that the economic relationship between India and Japan in high-value manufacturing is likely to expand further...

The U.S. Breaks with Canada in Response to COVID-19 and Cross-Border Travel Restrictions
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

Since March 2020, the United States and Canada have agreed upon mutually reciprocal COVID-19 related travel restrictions. U.S. and Canadian officials mutually determined that “non-essential” travel between the U.S. and Canada “poses additional risk of transmission and spread of the virus associated with COVID-19 and places the populace of both nations at increased risk of contracting the virus associated with COVID-19...

The U.S. Breaks with Canada in Response to COVID-19 and Cross-Border Travel Restrictions 
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

Since March 2020, the United States and Canada have agreed upon mutually reciprocal COVID-19 related travel restrictions. U.S. and Canadian officials mutually determined that “non-essential” travel between the U.S. and Canada “poses additional risk of transmission and spread of the virus associated with COVID-19 and places the populace of both nations at increased risk of contracting the virus associated with COVID-19...

Major Rehaul in the Customs Exemption Notifications
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, July 2021

The Finance Minister of India in the 2021-22 Union Budget had announced that the Government proposes to review 400 exemption notifications.  The exemption on more than 150 items, currently exempted under Notifications Nos. 14/2006-Customs dated 01.03.2006, 26/2011-Customs dated 01.03.2011 and 50/2017-Customs dated 30.06.2017 could be axed.  The Telecom, Information Technology, Wind Power, Textiles and Pharmaceuticals are a few of the affected sectors...

Amendment Bills on Hong Kong Re-Domiciliation for Foreign Investment Funds
Deacons, July 2021

On 2 July 2021, the Government gazetted the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the Limited Partnership Fund and Business Registration Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2021 (Bills). These new laws aim to open up new channels enabling foreign investment funds to be re-domiciled and registered in Hong Kong as open-ended fund companies (OFCs) or limited partnership funds (LPFs)...

New Tax Disclosures Under Revised Overseas Investment Regime Now in Effect
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

From 5 July 2021, overseas investors looking to acquire significant New Zealand business assets must make new tax disclosures as part of their application under the Overseas Investment Act 2005. As signalled in an earlier alert, these requirements are intended to provide Inland Revenue with the information it considers necessary or relevant to the administration or enforcement of the Income Tax Act 2007. We explain these requirements below...

The Autonomous Sanctions Bill is Back
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

The Autonomous Sanctions Bill – once known as“the least successful piece of legislation in New Zealand history”– is back on Parliament’s agenda. This comes after National MP Gerry Brownlee succeeded in having his bill of the same name drawn from the members’ ballot last Thursday. The resurrected bill will receive a first reading in Parliament later this year...

Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2021: The Second Amendment
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

Today marks another milestone in the constantly changing landscape of the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (the Act), with the coming into force of several of the provisions of the Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2021 as part of the Government’s stated intention to reduce the number of ‘lower risk’ transactions requiring consent, and better manage higher risk transactions and/or assets of significance. Our previous news alert summarising these new changes can be seenhere...

Know Your Transfers – Standard Contractual Clauses under the PDPA and GDPR
Kudun and Partners, July 2021

Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act B.E.2562 (“PDPA”) governs the cross-border transfer of personal data. The PDPA sets out a condition, among other things, that personal data may be transferred to another country or to an international organization (the “Recipient”) provided that they have in place an adequate level of personal data protection according to the adequacy decision as decided on by the Personal Data Protection Committee...

Thai Government Considers Tax Incentives, Long Term Visas, Property Rights and More to Entice Wealthy Foreign Nationals to Thailand
DFDL, June 2021

According to an anonymous source, a ‘Centre for Economic Situation Administration’ (“CESA”) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha was held on Friday 4 June that approved (in-principle) a set of proposed stimulus measures aimed at encouraging wealthy expatriates to Thailand...

Trading Internationally? The New EU Data Protection SCCs Explained'
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Recent developments such as the invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework under the Schrems 2.0 decision and Brexit will have a significant impact on how businesses transfer their data internationally. Recap: For more information see our previous webinars: on the Schrems 2.0 case: What is the Schrems 2.0 case about? on Brexit 2...

Crypto Asset Works of Art and Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Investments: Be Careful!
Lavery Lawyers, June 2021

On March 11, 2021, Christie’s auction house made a landmark sale by auctioning off an entirely digital artwork by the artist Beeple, a $69 million transaction in Ether, a cryptocurrency.1 In doing so, the famous auction house put non-fungible tokens (“NFT”), the product of a decentralized blockchain, in the spotlight...

Investing in New Zealand Guide
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, June 2021

New Zealand is an open and competitive economy with a population of around five million. The country has a range of strong manufacturing and service sectors which complement a highly efficient agricultural sector. Technology is now New Zealand’s third largest export sector behind tourism and dairy. It is both important for the future prosperity of New Zealand and the fastest growing segment of the economy, generating 8% of our GDP and 9% of our exports...

Prospects for Trans-Pacific Investment Boosted
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

On 2 June 2021, four months after the UK’s formal application, it was announced the UK can start the process of joining the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”)...

Milestone in Hong Kong-Mainland China Cross Border Insolvency: Mutual Recognition of and Assistance to Insolvency Proceedings Between Hong Kong and Mainland China
Deacons, May 2021

On 14 May 2021, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice and the Vice-President of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) signed a record of meeting concerning mutual recognition of and assistance to insolvency proceedings between the courts of Mainland China and Hong Kong (Record of Meeting), which signifies the consensus on the mutual recognition of and assistance to insolvency proceedings between the two jurisdictions in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and with a view to p

Interoperating Central Bank Digital Currencies – An Alternative to Cryptocurrencies as the Future of Cross-Border Payments?
Deacons, May 2021

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) recently discussed possible approaches to establishing an interoperating central bank digital currencies (CBDC) arrangement as the future of cross-border payments. Although not an “official” definition, CBDC generally refers to a new form of digital currency issued by a central bank, denominated in an existing unit of account operating as a store of value and a medium of exchange...

Legal Due Diligence and Human Rights: The Role of Companies and M&A Lawyers
PLMJ, May 2021

Legal due diligence processes are widely known in the context ofmergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate reorganisation projects. Their aim is to analyse the operations and organisation ofcompanies to identify their degree of compliance with applicable legal and contractual regulations, the level of risk of non-compliance, and the potential sources of legal and contractual liability...



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