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Congress Approves Bill that Contemplates New Tax Measures for Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Companies
Carey, June 2021

On June 10, 2021, the National Congress approved the bill that establishes new tax measures to support micro, small and medium-sized companies in the context of the crisis generated by Covid-19. The bill, which is awaiting the final formalities of enactment and publication, includes the following tax measures: Temporary reduction of the penal interest rate for SMEs from 1...

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...

Athlete Eligibility and Selection Disputes in Sports Law
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, June 2021

Earlier this year, Scotland won the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham for the first time since 1983, thanks to a try from Duhan Van Der Merwe. The football team heads to Wembley this summer hoping to replicate the success of their rugby counterparts. The attack will likely be led by a strike pairing born in Leicester and the Gold Coast. Both these footballers qualify for Scotland due to family connections...

Copyright…Hell or Divine?
ENSafrica, June 2021

Remember Nirvana? There have been reports about an interesting copyright infringement case involving the grunge band Nirvana, a band that is still associated by many with frontman Kurt Cobain. Yet this case does not involve music copyright. Rather it deals with copyright in an artistic work, a drawing. How about Dante’s Inferno? The case has been brought by a lady called Jocelyn Susan Bundy. Bundy is the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, a heraldry expert who died in 1982...

Trade Marks: You Gotta Have (Good) Faith
ENSafrica, June 2021

Some opening words In South Africa, as in many jurisdictions, the concept of good faith (bona fides) crops up a lot. So, for example, in order to get registration of a trade mark, the applicant must have a good faith intention to use the trade mark. Once the trade mark is registered the owner must use it in good faith in order to keep the registration alive. In the words of George Michael, “You gotta have faith". Good faith...

Confusingly Similar Trade Marks: What’s Happening in Europe?
ENSafrica, June 2021

We tend to keep an eye on trade mark developments in Europe. It makes sense because South African trade mark law is very similar to EU trade mark law and there’s far more activity in the EU. South African courts do, of course, often consider EU trade mark judgments. Here are a few recent cases:  Rounded curves, thicker lines and a horizontal orientation…was the judge’s mind wandering a little? This was an interesting one...

Legal Status of Digital Assets from the Corporate Income Tax Perspective According to the Thai Revenue Code
Kudun and Partners, June 2021

Saravut Krailadsiri, our tax partner and Pichaya Nimcharoen, our tax associate recently published a journal for Thailand’s Office of Judicial and Legal Affairs of the Court of Justice, Thailand as part of “Dunlaphaha: Journal of the Court of Justice...

Courting Billionaires
TSMP Law Corporation, June 2021

Fast becoming the Monaco of the East, Singapore is luring global UHNWIs to set up family offices here due to its wealth-friendly tax and regulatory regime, and its position at the global economic growth epicentre. Sergey Brin (net worth: US$104 billion). Google’s co-founder and the world’s ninth-richest person set up a branch of his single family office (SFO), Bayshore Global Management, in Singapore to manage his local assets late last year...

Competition Commission Prohibits Merger on New Public Interest Ground
ENSafrica, June 2021

On 1 June 2021, the Competition Commission released a media statement indicating that it had, on public interest grounds, prohibited a proposed transaction whereby a private equity firm, ECP Africa, intended to acquire Burger King (South Africa) and Grand Foods Meat Plant from Grand Parade Investments...

Allegations That COVID-19 was Physically Present and Altered Property are Sufficient to Sustain COVID-19 Business Interruption Suit
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2021

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Texas denied Factory Mutual’s Rule 12(c) motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that the plaintiffs adequately alleged that the presence of COVID-19 on their property caused covered physical loss or damage in the case of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Co., No. 4:21-CV-00011 (E.D. Tex. May 5, 2021)...

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...

Provision No. 357/2021 of the National Directorate for Consumer Defense and Consumer Arbitration: New Sectors will be Compelled to Include the “Cancel Services Button” on their Web Pages
Beccar Varela, June 2021

Provision No...

Share Transfers in a Cambodian Entity – 5 Critical Tax Issues You Need To Know!
DFDL, June 2021

2021 has continued to see steady activity with respect to acquisitions and re-structuring of businesses in the Cambodian market. There are a number of factors at the forefront of this activity, not least the pending capital gains tax implementation date of 1 January 2022, bargain hunting of distressed assets, and internal re-structuring of multi-national organizations, to name a few...

Panama: Changes to the Requirements for the Temporary Residence Permit and the Permanent Residence Permit as Forest Investor
Morgan & Morgan, June 2021

The Ministry of Security, through theExecutive Decree No. 199 of May 7th, 2021(hereinafter the “Decree”), adjusts the requirements for obtaining atemporary residence permitand apermanent residence permitas a Forest Investor, as follows: The forest investor residence permit may be requested in the following modalities: (i) temporary residence permit, (ii) permanent residence permit in 2 stages, and (iii) permanent residence permit in 1 stage...

Plan Ahead for Changes to Physician Group Practice Profit Sharing
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a new rule modernizing the “Stark Law” regulations. The rule aims to advance value-based care and ease the regulatory burden on physicians. Most of the reforms are effective January 2021; however, the rule includes important changes to how physician group practices may share profits that take effect next year...

Panama: Changes to the Requirements to Obtain the “Residence Permit as Friendly Nations”
Morgan & Morgan, May 2021

The Ministry of Public Security modifies the requirements to request the residence permit for foreigners from specific countries who maintain friendly professional, economic and investment relationship with the Republic of Panama. Panama, May 24, 2021. The Ministry of Public Security through Executive Decree No...

Business Ethics: The Key Issues Surrounding the Code of Ethics
PLMJ, May 2021

There is a growing consensus among business stakeholders and society at large that mere compliance with legal rules is not enough tolive up to the requirements of business integrity. Moreover, legal rules often use vague concepts and ethics are also useful to give concrete expression to the required practices...

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...

Ban on the Advertising of Discounts on Medicine Prices
PLMJ, May 2021

Decree-Law 36/2021, which amends Decree-Law 176/2006 of 30 August ("Medicines Statute"), was published on 19 May. The new Decree-Law introduces a ban on the advertising of discounts on the price of medicines subject to medical prescription that are reimbursed by the National Health Service ("NHS") or that contain narcotic or psychotropic substances...

A Breakthrough in Thai Airways’ Business Rehabilitation Proceedings
Kudun and Partners, May 2021

Following the latest creditors’ meetings on May 12 and May 19, 2021, Kudun and Partners is pleased to announce that Thai Airways Public Company Limited (THAI)’s business rehabilitation plan and its amendment proposal has been widely accepted by the majority of THAI’s creditors...

When Can Companies Recoup Advancement of Executives’ Criminal Defense Costs? A Recent Decision Highlights Some Limits
Buchalter, May 2021

  When corporate executives are charged with crimes, their companies often foot the bill for their defenses. Sometimes those bills can be hefty. And while companies sometimes seek to recoup the expenses when the executives are convicted, a recent decision from the influential Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York makes clear that the criminal restitution process may not be their best approach...

Buchalter COVID-19 Alert: California is Reopening, Will Commercial Evictions Remain on Hold?
Buchalter, May 2021

In early April as the statewide vaccination rate began to rise and major population centers across California began to see significant decreases in positive COVID cases and hospitalization rates, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the State plans to reopen in full on June 15, 2021. As of the date of this Alert, California has one of the lowest number of COVID cases per 100,000 people and the fourth lowest number of COVID hospitalizations in the United States...

Guest Column: Florida’s Covid-19 Business Liability Law — What Businesses Need to Know (and do) Now
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2021

Florida has joined a growing wave of states offering individuals, businesses and other organizations significant protections against Covid-19-related legal claims. But how does Florida’s new law — “Civil Liability for Damages Relating to Covid-19” (codified at section 768.38, Florida Statutes) — work? And what do businesses need to know — and do — now?  The law’s practical effect Begin with the law’s practical effect...

Lessons in IT Contracts: Beware of the Cancellation Clause
ENSafrica, May 2021

In Markit Systems (Pty) Limited v Fulcrum Group (Pty) Limited, the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court held that the customer was within its rights to cancel an agreement it had with a service provider because the parties had not been able to agree on the scope and details to be included in the schedule to the agreement...

Tackling Immigration and Skills Shortages in Scotland
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

Since the UK left the EU there have been monumental changes to immigration law that employers should consider while planning future recruitment and team structures. The free movement of people has ended and with it comes the need for EU workers to register under the European Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021, the Skilled Worker visa and changes to other existing routes under the points-based system and even new routes...

 

 

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