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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

VAT Reverse Charge to Apply from 1 March 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The VAT domestic reverse charge - referred to below as the reverse charge - is a major change to the way VAT will be collected in the building and construction industry. The reverse charge regime will come into effect on 1 March 2021 and will in many instances require customers receiving building and construction services to pay the VAT due directly to HMRC, instead of paying the supplier. This is a fundamental change to the way in which VAT is administered on construction contracts...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHA, VA, USDA Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria, and Forbearance Application Deadline, Extended to June 30; Current List of Time Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and West Coast States Foreclosures and Evictions, and Forbearance Applications
Buchalter, February 2021

  Following last week’s FHFA announcement extending the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac foreclosure and eviction moratoria and their deadlines for applying for COVID-related forbearance, the White House announced on February 16 that FHA, VA, and USDA will extend their single-family residential foreclosure and eviction moratoria, and their deadlines for applying for COVID-related forbearance, to June 30, 2021...

The End of the Line for Exclusionary Zoning: Berkeley Set to Make its Move
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2021

Key Points Later this month, the Berkeley City Council is expected to consider ending exclusionary zoning by December 2022. The city has a long history of implementing single-family zoning, which encourages more expensive stand-alone homes that are often inaccessible to disadvantaged populations. The shift would place Berkeley, which in 1916 became the nation's first city with single-family zoning, at the forefront of a modern era of inclusionary housing policy...

Golden Visa: Changes to the Rules on Obtaining a Residence Permit for Investment in Portugal
PLMJ, February 2021

The reasons for the changes to the Golden visa rules: A legislative authorisation in the 2020 State Budget 2020 authorised the Government to review the rules on residence permits for investment provided for in Law 23/2007 of 4 July by the end of 2020. The aim is to encourage investment in inland areas, urban regeneration, cultural heritage, activities of high environmental or social value, and productive investment and job creation...

Adding up the Numbers: DOJ Announces Its False Claims Act Recoveries for 2020
Dykema, February 2021

In January 2021, the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced $2.2 billion in False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries for fiscal year 2020, which ended on September 30.[1] Although this amount is substantial, it nonetheless represents the smallest recovery figure in 10 years. These figures reflect the Trump administration’s unaggressive enforcement efforts and its restrictive view of the FCA. As recently as 2016, FCA recovery exceeded $4.5 billion. Recoveries in 2019 were $3...

Clarity on B-BBEE Annual Reporting Obligations for JSE-Listed Companies, But More is Needed
ENSafrica, February 2021

Over the last few years, companies listed on both the primary and secondary market of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”), have been obliged to comply with increasingly onerous and often unclear reporting obligations in respect of the status of their transformation. On 3 February 2021, the B-BBEE Commission offered some clarity, however, there are still uncertainties that need to be addressed for many JSE-listed companies to overcome reporting challenges...

POPIA: What you Need to Know About the Role of the Information Officer
ENSafrica, February 2021

With the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 ("POPIA") deadline closing in on 1 July 2021, many organisations are starting to feel the mounting pressure of becoming compliant with POPIA. A good starting point in any POPIA compliance journey is the appointment of an Information Officer for your organisation.   Who is the Information Officer? POPIA, by default, designates the head of any private body as the Information Officer...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Coronavirus Insights & Updates The information listed below is categorized by topic for your convenience and includes content from the previous week. Bradley is actively monitoring and engaging with relevant federal, state or local entities on issues related to the coronavirus. Please contact one of the authors if you have any questions. Click on a link below to view the full article, alert, blog, webinar recording or interview...

Strategic Land Development and Public Rights of Way
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Takeaways from webinar on 2 February 2021 hosted by Karen Howard, Matthew Stimson and Grace Mitchell from our planning & environmental team. What are public rights of way and why are they relevant? A public right of way (PROW) is a type of highway - a route across land over which the public at large has a right to pass/ repass without permission or interference...

Re-Imagining Corporate Real Estate
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click the link below.     We all know a happy engaged employee is a productive and successful employee. Unfortunately, the UK has one of the least engaged employee populations in Europe...

Coronavirus: Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19
PLMJ, February 2021

The judgment of the United Kingdom Supreme Court On 1 May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), the body that oversees the insurance industry in the United Kingdom, announced that it wanted to obtain a ruling from the English courts on the meaning and effect of the sample of business interruption clauses that it selected from eight insurers in particular...

Coronavirus: Restrictions on Exports of Vaccines Against COVID 19
PLMJ, February 2021

Following the differences that came to light with AstraZeneca at the end of last week, the European Commission approved Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/111 of 29 January 2021, which came into force on Saturday, 30 January. The Regulation prohibits the unauthorised exportation of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 outside the European Union...

Option Agreements – Say what you Mean and Keep Litigation at Bay
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

In Fishbourne Developments Limited v Stephens, the Court of Appeal emphasised the importance of applying commercial common sense and considering the relevant factual background to a case when interpreting contracts. Fishbourne, a developer, had the benefit of an option to acquire a 117 acre farm in West Sussex...

Redefining Public Private Partnerships: National Summit
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Over the next decade, challenges around public funding and a shift in live/work priorities will create an increasing need for public-private collaboration as we seek to rebuild and regenerate our towns and cities in a post-Covid and post-Brexit climate...

The Second Month after Brexit: Insights for Business
Ellex Valiunas, February 2021

February marks the start of the second month after Brexit materializing. The Member States have finally understood that the United Kingdom (UK) is no longer in the Europen Union (EU) so that the  fairy-tale of the Single Market that has lasted for decades is now over. Although many businesses resolved various legal or regulatory issues before 1st January, new challenges inevitably keep arising now, when Brexit is a reality...

Indonesia’s Newly Established Sovereign Wealth Fund: A New Chapter in Indonesia’s Economy
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

As a developing country, Indonesia is still considered to have limited Government fiscal capacity and limited state-owned enterprise (Badan Usaha Milik Negara – “BUMN”) and financial sector funding capacity indicating that domestic capacity is not sufficient to meet what is needed to finance development and support economic growth and opportunities...

Indonesia’s Ratification of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement to Legalize Foreign Public Documents
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

On 4 January 2021, the President of Republic of Indonesia issued Regulation No. 2 of 2021 on the Ratification of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement to Legalize Foreign Public Documents (“PR 2/2021”) (the convention is hereinafter referred to as the “Apostille Convention”). The Apostille Convention was concluded on 5 October 1961 and is intended to simplify a series of formalities for documents signed overseas for the contracting states...

An Overview of Modern Cross Jurisdictional Investigation
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The with backdrop of a global pandemic, John Hartley looks at the modern structure of global corporate investigations. It is a small world and getting smaller. The speed at which COVID-19 spread across the world when most easily transmitted by being within two meters of each other is a clear indication of just how small the world is getting...

Bricks and Clicks
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page. Traditional bricks and mortar retailers, occupying premises under long leases with upwards only rent reviews, can be forgiven for looking enviously at online retailers and their flexibility and comparatively low overheads...

 

 

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