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Year in Review 2021: EU, EEA and Competition Law
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2022

The Supreme Court ended the «Google Ads» case saga The Supreme Court’s recent ruling (14 December 2021) in a case brought by several competing banks against Bank Norwegian ends a many-year-long saga concerning the use of competitors’ trademarks in search engine advertising. The competitors’ brought the case against Bank Norwegian before the Oslo City Court in 2017...

Upcoming changes to employer right to work checks
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2021

The Home Office has announced changes to employer right to work checks, effective 6 April 2022 that all employers must be aware of. Carrying out right to work checks is an essential part of the recruitment process and it is important that employers are always up to date with any changes in this area.   At present, employers must ask new recruits for physical evidence of their right to work in the UK, such as a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)...

Thai Cabinet Passes New Draft Resolution Easing Restrictions on Cross-Border Transactions and Commercial Activities
DFDL, December 2021

On 23 November 2021 The Thai Cabinet passed a resolution permitting the amendment of Ministerial Regulation No. 13 (the “Regulation”) under the Exchange Control Act (1942) which relaxes a lot of the rules on cross-border transactions, online activities and e-commerce matters. The amendments, among other things, includes: Allowing permitted persons (business operators) to accept foreign currency via sources other than bank notes (i.e...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 12/13/21
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, December 2021

AstraZeneca AB v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., Appeal No. 2021-1729 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 8, 2021) Our Case of the Week again focuses on numerical values in claims. Last week we addressed a case involving whether there was written description support for a number in a claim, and we addressed a similar issue the week before. This week, our case focuses on the meaning and scope of a number in a claim...

The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides: Malaysian Chapter, International Arbitration
Shearn Delamore & Co., December 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, Our Arbitration and Mediation partners Rabindra S. Nathan, Rodney Gomez and K. Shanti Mogan have co-authored the Malaysian chapter of The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides: International Arbitration 2021.   The Arbitration Act 2005 (“AA 2005”) applies to arbitration in Malaysia...

Chambers Global Practice Guide: Litigation 2022
Shearn Delamore & Co., December 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, Our Dispute Resolution partners, Dhinesh Bhaskaran, Datin Jeyanthini Kannaperan, Rabindra S. Nathan and K. Shanti Mogan, have co-authored the Malaysian Law and Practice and Trends and Developments chapters in the Chambers Global Practice Guide: Litigation 2022...

Puerto Rico's Debt: Still Foreign in a Domestic Sense, The Journal of Law & Politics Vol. XXXVII, No. 1
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2021

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Obstacles and Optimism: An Offshore Look at Chinese Outbound Investment
Carey Olsen, November 2021

What is your outlook for Chinese businesses and investment as we approach the end of 2021? China is, and will continue to be, the strongest market for offshore law firms in Asia. China's outbound investment activity has been subdued since 2016, due to domestic constraints on outbound capital flows and tighter scrutiny of Chinese investments abroad...

M&A Quarterly Reporter – 2021 Q3
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2021

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Migrating a Company Into Guernsey
Carey Olsen, November 2021

The Process Migration is the process which allows an overseas company to be registered as a Guernsey company in accordance with the provisions of The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) (the "Law")...

Fund Structuring: Shariah Compliant Funds In Guernsey
Carey Olsen, November 2021

We are seeing renewed interest in these types of structures – particularly from fund managers who have not previously targeted Shariah investors - as (i) sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and HNW individuals from the Middle East and South East Asia diversify into alternative assets like private equity (PE), and (ii) traditional or "western" managers look to expand into the Shariah market by establishing bespoke feeder or parallel funds in Guernsey which offer a Shariah complian

FTC Merger Review Changes May Impact Your Next M&A Deal
Dykema, November 2021

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made several recent announcements signaling its intention to increase antitrust merger enforcement under the leadership of Chairperson Lina Kahn, appointed by President Biden. Some relate to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) pre-merger notification requirements, which apply regardless of whether a transaction is substantively reviewed by the FTC or the Department of Justice (DOJ)...

"Without reflection, we go blindly ..." - the unintended consequences of the FATF Standards, with an emphasis on Bermuda
Carey Olsen, November 2021

In February 2012, the FATF published the revised FATF Recommendations (also known as the Standards). The Standards continue to develop to detect and prevent new money laundering and terrorist-financing techniques impacting the international financial system, such as misuse of virtual assets and COVID-19 related threats...

Is it getting hot in here?
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

With COP26 now upon us, all eyes are on Glasgow! As we continue to explore the various routes to net zero, there is no doubt that the Scottish Government's recently published "Heat in Buildings Strategy" will have a key play to role to play. Never in recent history has there been so much focus on how we use space that was once the reserve of our personal and family lives for working…but also on how our homes work for us...

Arbitration: the More Business Savvy, Practical International Bedfellow of Litigation in Thailand
DFDL, October 2021

Article by Anne Coulon, Regional Legal Adviser, DFDL Thailand A stable, autonomous judiciary naturally commands the trust of a nation’s citizenry while inspiring confidence and peace-of-mind among foreign actors: this is crucial in terms of their investments and commercial activities, that they will receive fair and equal treatment whenever certain dealings come into dispute when doing business in the host country...

Mainland China briefing: China expands the investment scope for QFIs
Deacons, October 2021

On 13 October 2021, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued an Announcement on the Participation of Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors and RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors in Financial Derivatives Transactions (Announcement, available here in Chinese)...

Launch of Hong Kong re-domiciliation mechanism for foreign investment funds
Deacons, October 2021

On 30 September 2021, the Government passed into law the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 and the Limited Partnership Fund and Business Registration Legislation (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 (the Ordinances). These new laws will enable foreign investment funds to be re-domiciled and registered in Hong Kong as open-ended fund companies (OFCs) or limited partnership funds (LPFs). The Ordinances will come into effect on 1 November 2021...

Cambodia: Promulgation of the Law on Investment
DFDL, October 2021

Overview On 15 October 2021, the New Law on Investment (“New Investment Law”) was promulgated, which aims to provide a comprehensive, transparent and predictable legal framework to attract both domestic and foreign investment. The New Investment Law replaces the existing 1994 Law on Investment and the 2003 Law on the Amendment to the Law on Investment (“Former Investment Law”) from its promulgation date (15 October 2021)...

Philippines: Taxing Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations
DFDL, October 2021

Republic Act (“RA”) No. 11590 amends the National Internal Revenue Code (“NIRC” or the “Tax Code”) to provide the taxing rules for offshore gaming operations. Taxation of Offshore Gaming Licensees Under RA No...

Cambodia: Competition Law Enacted
DFDL, October 2021

Cambodia’s long-awaited Competition Law (“Law”) was signed into law by the King on 5 October 2021. While the Law has been enacted, the principal regulator, the Cambodia Competition Commission (“CCC”) has not yet been appointed and it is not clear how the Law will be enforced prior to a) such appointment and b) the issue of required regulatory instruments and decisions...

Important Bermuda judgment on the role of protectors in offshore trusts
Carey Olsen, October 2021

In the Matter of the X Trusts [2021] SC (Bda) 72 Civ (7 September 2021) Assistant Justice Dr Ian R.C. Kawaley of the Supreme Court of Bermuda has handed down significant guidance to assist in the understanding of this important relationship in offshore trusts...

Potential Opportunity Remains to Protect the Right to Seek a Refund of List 3 and List 4a Section 301 China Tariffs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2021

Companies that have imports from China subject to List 3 and List 4a Section 301 tariffs may still have an opportunity to protect their right to seek a refund from the U.S. Government. To do so, a company would need to file a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade (CIT) challenging the List 3 and/or List 4a tariffs as unauthorized under the Trade Act of 1974 and implemented in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act...

Addressing New Zealand’s sea freight challenges
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

COVID-19 has generated significant challenges for New Zealand’s international supply chains, causing considerable disruption and cost increases for local businesses and consumers. Anyone reliant on sea freight is currently grappling with the consequences of an unexpected surge in global consumer spending that has led to record-breaking demand for shipping services and equipment, beyond available capacity...

Enhanced secured creditors in France after cornerstone reform of security Law and collective proceedings of September 15, 2021.
Jeantet, October 2021

October 2021 Ordinances n°2021-1192 and 2021-1193 of September 15, 2021, respectively reforming security law and amending Book VI of the French Commercial Code, implement mandates of the PACTE Law of May 22, 2019[1] to: modernize security law[2], improve the articulation of security law with collective proceedings law[3] and transpose the (EU) Directive 2019/1023 of June 20, 2019[4], known as the "Restructuring and Insolvency Directive"[5]...

Parliament drops the Autonomous Sanctions Bill, once again
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

On Wednesday night, the New Zealand Parliament voted against progressing National MP Hon Gerry Brownlee’s Autonomous Sanctions Bill past the first reading stage. As expected, the National and ACT parties voted in favour and the Labour, Green and Maori parties voted against. New Zealand civil society will have mixed views about this development, but many in the business community will be breathing a sigh of relief...



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