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UAE Economic Substance Requirements – Penalties Imposed by the Federal Tax Authority
Afridi & Angell, June 2021

The Federal Tax Authority (the FTA) has started to impose penalties on businesses that have failed to submit their economic substance notifications by the set deadline of 30 June 2020 for the financial period ended on 31 December 2019, and the economic substance reports by the set deadline of 31 December 2020 for the financial period ended on 31 December 2019...

International Comparative Legal Guides — Fintech 2021 Malaysia Chapter
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,Our TMT Partners, Christina Kow and Timothy Siaw, have co-authored the Malaysian chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guides – Fintech 2021. The chapter covers a broad overview of common issues in fintech laws and regulations in Malaysia.The Fintech LandscapeFunding For FintechFintech RegulationOther Regulatory Regimes / Non-Financial RegulationAccessing Talent TechnologyTo read more, please click here...

New York Lifts Most Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, June 2021

New York State Lifts Restrictions. On June 7, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the State would lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions when 70% of adult New Yorkers had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. On June 15, 2021, Governor Cuomo held a press conference to announce that New York had reached the 70% first-dose threshold...

AI in Financial Services – A Look at the Turing Report
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The Alan Turing Institute has published a new report: "AI in Financial Services", looking to the use of artificial intelligence in the FS sector. We will watch with interest how the report’s findings evolve into more specific regulatory rules or guidance...

How the Surinder Singh UK Immigration Route Can Help Families Returning from the EU after Brexit
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, June 2021

In this article first published by The Federation of European Independent Financial Advisers, Jacqueline Moore, Head of Immigration, explains a time-limited opportunity for certain family members of British citizens to utilise a route known as “Surinder Singh”. Prior to Brexit, European free movement allowed British citizens to live and work in the EU without restrictions...

The Rise of the Digital Investor
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, June 2021

On 15 June 2021, the Financial Services Council (FSC) presented the findings of its report ‘Money & You – The Rise of the Digital Investor’ (the Report) to an audience at the Ernst & Young offices in Auckland. The report demonstrates what FSC CEO Richard Klipin describes as “a transformational shift in how we are choosing to invest our money”. The Report is available here...

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021: How the Law is Adapting to Tackle Domestic Abuse
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

According to the most recent Crime Survey for England and Wales, the police recorded over 1,288,000 domestic abuse-related incidents in the year ending March 2020. Against this backdrop, another startling statistic is that on average two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone...

How is Future Inheritance and Entitlement Under a Trust Treated in Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The court has to have regard to the “income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources that each party to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future” (Section 25(2)(a) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973). Property and other financial resources can include expectations under a will and beneficial interests under a trust. Expectations under a will It is rare for a future entitlement under a will to be treated as a financial resource...

New Plans for the UK Immigration System
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The Government has published its first statement setting out its vision for legal migration and border control as part of the new plan for immigration. This article summarises the key goals that form part of the vision. The statement sets out key delivery priorities for 2021 – 22...

Private Debt Funds: CSSF Clarifies Concept of Lending to the “Public”
Arendt & Medernach, June 2021

In it the CSSF clarified its interpretation of the concept of lending to the “public”, an information relevant for the non-bank lending industry and, in particular, for private debt funds with a loan origination activity. Background In general terms, the granting of loans to the public on a professional basis is a regulated activity which is subject to authorisation by the CSSF under Article 28-4 of the law of 5 April 1993 on the financial sector...

US Department of Education Interprets Title IX to Protect Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a Notice of Interpretation, explaining how it interprets Title IX to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity...

Shearn Delamore & Co Legal Updates June (1)
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2021

Financial ServicesBNM issues Corporate Strategic Plan policy document for DFIsOn 27 May 2021, Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) issued the Corporate Strategic Plan (“CSP”) policy document, applicable to all development financial institutions (“DFIs”) prescribed under the Development Financial Institutions Act 2002...

HKMA’s Announcement on “Fintech 2025” Strategy
Deacons, June 2021

On 8 June 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) unveiled “Fintech 2025”, a new strategy aiming to drive fintech development in Hong Kong. In essence, “Fintech 2025” seeks to encourage the financial sector to adopt technology in their businesses and transactions comprehensively by 2025 by focusing on the following five key areas: 1...

National Electric Coordinator Opens a Public Consultation Process to Set Criteria for the Application of the Open Access Regime
Carey, June 2021

On June 9, 2021, the National Electric Coordinator (“CEN”) opened a public consultation process on  a draft Internal Procedure (the "IP") that will provide the criteria applicable to the Open Access Regime established in Articles 79° and 80° of the General Law of Electric Services ("LGSE"), as a result of the entry into force of the Regulation on Transmission Systems and Transmission Planning (the "Regulation")...

GAO Clarifies Scope of its Jurisdiction Over OTA Protests
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2021

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in Spartan Medical, Inc., B-419503, recently clarified the scope of its jurisdiction over bid protests involving an agency's use of its other transaction agreement (OTA) authority. The GAO's decision in this case is noteworthy because agencies are increasingly relying on OTAs to meet their procurement needs...

Thailand’s First Initial Coin Offering Using Real Estate Backed Security Tokens Approved by the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission Expected to Raise THB 2.4 billion
DFDL, June 2021

On 22 May 2021, SPV77 Co. Ltd., a special purpose entity set up to issue and offer Siri Hub Investment Digital Tokens (“SIRIHUB”) to investors secured approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the country’s first Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). The first ICO approval by the SEC follows three years of legal changes starting with the passage of the Emergency Decree on Digital Asset Business Operation B.E. 2561 (2018)...

UK Cities Investor Guide
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

As we emerge from the pandemic, UK cities have a positive future – from the growth of digital broadcasting in Manchester to the positive future for inward investment; from what is needed to preserve our high streets to excitement around the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The UK Cities Investor Guide is a bi-annual publication produced in partnership with EG, and tackles some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the real estate investment market...

Landmark Decision Clarifies Hong Kong Law on Parallel Imports and Liability of Online Platforms for IP Infringement as well as the Jurisdiction of Hong Kong Courts in Relation to Online Sales by Platforms Based Outside of Hong Kong
Deacons, June 2021

The liability of online platforms for the activities of third-party vendors has always been a controversial area. With the explosion of online shopping as a result of the pandemic, the issue has come under increased scrutiny. Although cases in the UK and EU have discussed the factors that the Court will consider in deciding whether the operator of an online platform is jointly liable, the position in Hong Kong remained uncertain, until now...

Enhanced Disciplinary Regime with Emphasis on Holding Individuals Including Senior Management Accountable for Listing Rule Breaches
Deacons, June 2021

On 20 May 2021, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published conclusions to its consultation on review of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Exchange (Listing Rules) relating to disciplinary powers and sanctions The Exchange decided to implement all the proposals in the consultation paper (see our previous client alert “Hong Kong Stock Exchange proposes to enhance disciplinary regime to deter misconduct” published in August 2020),

ESG Principles at Work in Diversifying Governance
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Dinsmore's Richik Sarkar was published in Bank Director this week discussing the need for diversity and inclusion within governance structures. Read an excerpt below...

Is Hope Ahead? Paths to Defeating a Rash of Anti-Trans Legislation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Dinsmore real estate associate Sam Brinker was recently published in Bar Briefs, the Louisville Bar Association's monthly publication. He wrote on his experience as a transgender man and what paths may be considered to defeat the many pieces of anti-trans legislation circulating the country. Read an excerpt below...

Cambodia: Official Fees on E-Commerce Permits and Licenses
DFDL, June 2021

JOINT PRAKAS 315 AND 316 ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY AND FINANCE, dated 12 May 2021 The Ministry of Commerce (“MOC”) issued a new announcement (“Announcement”) on the Granting of E-Commerce Permits and Licenses on 26 May 2021. Eligible applicants may now apply for e-commerce permits or licenses with immediate effect from the MOC through an online portal – www.ecommercelicensing.moc.gov...

Thai Cabinet Approves Ministerial Regulation Authorizing Personal Vehicle Registrations for Ride-Hailing Applications
DFDL, June 2021

On Tuesday 25 May 2021 at its regular weekly meeting, the Thai Cabinet approved the Department of Land Transport’s draft Ministerial Regulation (“Regulation”) that will open the way for ride-hailing companies to register for an operating license. This will allow drivers to register their personal vehicles (with a maximum capacity of seven people) as taxis to be used with such ride-hailing applications...

Five Good Reasons to List your Company on the Stock Exchange and Opt for Equity Financing
Lavery Lawyers, June 2021

In 2020, the pandemic disrupted the Quebec economy and the trend continued in 2021. After a difficult year for local businesses, there is an opportunity for business owners to rethink their business model as they develop their recovery plan. In this context, an initial public offering and equity financing might be a good idea...

Amendments to the Business Corporations Act Permit Virtual Meetings in British Columbia
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2021

Virtual shareholder meetings have become ubiquitous for both public and private companies since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian securities regulators, stock exchanges and federal and provincial governments quickly responded to accommodate electronic meetings where it was otherwise not permitted. In British Columbia, Ministerial Order No...



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