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Bulgaria COVID-19 Tracker
Boyanov & Co., July 2020

Business in Bulgaria is experiencing a challenging legal environment in the context of rapidly changing emergency measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We have prepared a summary of the key legal measures affecting business in the attached BULGARIA COVID-19 TRACKER. It will be updated daily, as necessary. Please check regularly for updates. If you have questions, please contact a member of our C19 Task Force...

Measures Taken by the National Customs Service Regarding Covid-19
Carey, July 2020

Regulation Considering the Covid-19 pandemic and Chile's declaration of a State of Disaster, the National Customs Service (Servicio Nacional de Aduanas, "SNA") has issued certain regulations to facilitate foreign and domestic trade operations electronically and to protect the health of all people involved in its operations. Below you will find a description of the regulations currently in force and effect: A. Circular Letter No...

Tax and Customs Matters During Movement Control Order (“MCO”) and Conditional MCO Period
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

The Inland Revenue Board (“IRB”) has published an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) on tax matters arising during the MCO and CMCO period. For the updated FAQ (as at 10 June 2020), please refer to https://tinyurl.com/yavz548h. The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (“RMCD”) has also recently issued two updated announcements pertaining to payment of taxes due during the MCO and CMCO period: https://tinyurl...

Bridging the COVID-19 Liquidity Gap: New Political Agreement regarding Danish State Guarantee Schemes
Plesner, July 2020

On 15 June 2020, a political agreement was reached between the Danish Government and a number of Danish political parties regarding gradual phase-out of certain existing COVID-19 aid packages which are to be replaced with a comprehensive economic recovery package designed to boost the Danish economy following the outbreak of COVID-19...

Supreme Court Rules Against Termination of DACA
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not follow appropriate administrative procedures to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and, therefore, was unauthorized to do so. The decision was a 5-4 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor...

Philippine Legislation in the Pipeline: Can They "De-contract" the Economy?
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2020

Analysts predict that the Philippine economy may contract by as high as 9% in the second quarter of 2020...

Fed. Circ. Inserso Ruling Brings Bid Protest Considerations
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

In a split decision with far-reaching implications for both government contractors and the private bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Inserso Corporation v. U.S., recently addressed timeliness and waiver issues in the bid protest context. The facts of this significant case, the majority and dissenting opinions, as well as key takeaways for federal contractors and their attorneys, are discussed below. The Facts The U.S...

What Can Member States do to Financially Support their Undertakings Under EU State Aid Rules?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak is not only a huge challenge for health care, but also has enormous consequences for the economy. Different sectors (such as the hospitality, tourism and transport sectors and many others) will not be able to overcome the difficult times that we are currently facing without public support. Many Member States have already adopted exceptional aid measures and many more will follow, but public support for undertakings must still comply with the EU State aid rules...

Executive Order Suspends Entry of Certain Visa Categories due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

Effective June 24, 2020, a new executive order from President Donald Trump will go into effect, limiting the entry of certain categories of foreign nationals to the U.S. through December 31, 2020 ostensibly to protect the U.S. labor market as it recovers from COVID-19. The order focuses on suspending and limiting entry of foreign nationals who are currently outside of the U.S...

PPP: How is Maine Faring?
Verrill, June 2020

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just under half of all working Americans are employed by businesses of that size. Protection and maintenance of headcount and wage rates are the key objectives of the PPP program...

U.S. Copyright Office Issues Final Regulation Regarding Short Online Literary Works
Dykema, June 2020

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final regulation (37 CFR §202.4) permitting a single, “group” registration for “Short Online Literary Works.” To be eligible, each of the works included in the registration “must be published as part of a website or online platform, including online newspapers, social media websites, and social networking platforms...

Health Emergency - BCRA Communication "A" 7048: Adjustments to the National Payment System
Beccar Varela, June 2020

 Report of the Department of Banks and Financial Institutions  Health Emergency - BCRA Communication “A” 7048: adjustments to the national payment system Yesterday, the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA) issued Communication "A" 7048 (the " Communication "), through which certain adjustments were established on the national payment system. The Communication was issued in accordance with the provisions of Decree No...

The Supreme Court Upholds the SEC’s Ability to Obtain Disgorgement
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

In a long-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court this week upheld the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ability to obtain disgorgement, provided the award does not exceed the wrongdoer’s ill-gotten gains and is returned to the victims. The Supreme Court’s decision came inLiu et al. v...

Latest Update on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

View our other alerts and articles on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program on our Coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page. This alert was originally published on June 4, 2020, and is being updated as new information becomes available...

Ohio Treasurer’s COVID-19 Community Response Initiative
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

In response to the financial impact of COVID-19 on local governments within the State of Ohio (State), the Ohio Office of the Treasurer has introduced the COVID-19 Response Initiative (Initiative). The purpose of the Initiative is to provide liquidity to local governments by accelerating fiscal year cash flows and easing revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19...

IRS Issues CARES Act Guidance for Retirement Plans
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points IRS guidance expands the definition of “qualified individual” for receiving a tax-favored coronavirus-related distribution (“CRD”) from a retirement plan and other plan changes under the CARES Act. The guidance confirms that plan changes under the CARES Act are optional, including the loan repayment delay, and provides a safe harbor method for implementing the loan repayment delay...

Catching Up To California: The U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Protects Gay and Transgender Applicants and Employees
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The holding does not change currently-existing legal obligations for California employers as discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited under the FEHA. California employers should ensure they are complying with FEHA’s posting and training requirements. On Monday, June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court published a long-awaited opinion, Bostock v...

Repricing Underwater Stock Options
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points Before undertaking a stock option repricing program, consider the tax impact on employees holding incentive stock options (ISOs) Additionally, consider the corporate and securities laws that govern repricing programs Introduction Stock options are a vital form of compensation at a wide range of privately-held companies.1 Stock options are intended to motivate employees to drive stockholder value and are used as an employee retention tool...

Municipal Advisors Granted Relief under SEC’s Temporary Conditional Exemption
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

On June 16, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a Temporary Conditional Exemption for municipal advisors (MAs), which provides an exemption from certain broker registration requirements under Section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. This order is in response to the disruption in the municipal securities markets resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic...

COVID-19: Extension of Market Access to Life-Saving and Life-Extending Drugs - Issues Impacting the Life Sciences
YKVN LLC, June 2020

Vietnam, a country of 97 million people, has been widely recognized for its successful handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak. On January 27, as the country celebrated the Lunar New Year holiday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc declared war on the coronavirus, having said "fighting this epidemic is like fighting the enemy". The Prime Minister and his cabinet acted expediently in controlling the spread of the virus...

Presidential Proclamation Extends Ban on Entry of Immigrants; Adds H-1B, L-1 and J-1 Visa Holders
Dykema, June 2020

Following up on Dykema’s alert from June 18, 2020, President Trump signed a Proclamation that extends his April 22, 2020, 60-day ban on immigrant workers entering the United States until December 31, 2020. In addition, it also added those with H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 visas and any foreign national accompanying them to this ban. The Proclamation states this was done to address, in part, high unemployment levels due to the coronavirus pandemic...

SFC Imposes $6.4 Million Fine for Product Due Diligence and Suitability Assessment Failures
Deacons, June 2020

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined an intermediary $6.4 million for control failures over a two year period in solicitation and recommendation of bonds to clients for execution on a third party platform...

COVID-19 in Latvia: FAQs by Taxpayers
COBALT, June 2020

Does the State plan to keep special support measures in the field of taxation for taxpayers after the end of emergency situation? Yes, on 10 June 2020 the Law on Overcoming the Consequences of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection came into force, by which, inter alia, the following measures are maintained...

5 Ways Healthcare REIT Sector will Change because of COVID-19
Waller, June 2020

Amid the unprecedented changes wracking the business world in 2020, one certainty remains: many industries will look very different in future years as strategic responses to COVID-19 gain traction and become permanent. In the healthcare REIT sector, we are beginning to see trends that may shape industry norms long after the dust has settled from the chaos of 2020. 1...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Treasury Issues New PPP Interim Final Rule, and Revised Long Form and New Short Form EZ Forgiveness Application and Instructions
Buchalter, June 2020

To implement the changes to the PPP program contained in the recently enacted PPP Flexibility Act, Treasury has issued a new Interim Final Rule (IFR).  It has also issued a revised forgiveness application form, worksheet and instructions, and a new expedited (EZ) forgiveness application form and instructions that can be used by certain borrowers.  Links to those documents can be found below...

 

 

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