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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...

Retail / Healthcare Collaborations
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Many people have used their time at home to consider their health and well-being. Some have taken up exercise, yoga or getting a dog. Others have decided to find out more about their health in order to make healthier choices and use online portals like 23andMe (saliva test), Thriva (blood test) or Pharmacy2u (blood or urine test) to point them in the right direction...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

D&O Insurer Muted by “Uncertainty” in Contract Exclusion, and “Complicated” Endorsements, in Headphone Manufacturer’s Liability Claim
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, May 2021

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a D&O liability insurer could not rely on ambiguous endorsements as a basis to deny coverage for claims brought by investors against its insured company and its CEO. Reversing the Eastern District of Missouri, the appellate court in Verto Medical Solutions LLC et al. v. Allied World Specialty Insurance Co., No. 19-3511 (8th Cir...

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...

Patent Waiver for Covid-19 Vaccines - Necessary or Reckless?
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, May 2021

The world is in an upheaval now with the pandemic raging for over a year. The discussions and decisions that probably would never have been made a few years ago are being made today in the interest of the greater good and the public at large. When Bill Gates expressed his reservations against lifting IP protection on vaccine patents, it left the world reeling and his comments understandably criticised by experts and laymen alike...

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...

“100g of Mealworm Please!” – First Insect Approved under the Novel Foods Regulation
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2021

On 3 May 2021, the EU Member states approved “dried yellow mealworms” as a novel food under EU Regulation 2015/2283. According to the applicant, mealworms can be used in a broad range of food products, such as bread, cookies, or pasta. A Commission implementing regulation will follow soon, which marks the final step and formally authorises the novel food. Mealworms are the first insect species to secure clearance as a novel food but more are likely to follow...

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...

Consumer Protection Department Report Secretariat of Commerce Resolution No. 485/2021: Law No. 27,545 – Regulation of Subsection c) of Article 7
Beccar Varela, May 2021

Secretary of Commerce Resolution No. 485/2021, published in the Official Gazette on May 12th, 2021, regulates subsection C) of Article 7 of Law of Supermarket Shelves No. 27,545 [1], which establishes that the cheapest products per unit of measure must be situated at an equidistant height between the first and last shelf. The Resolution establishes that the value to be considered is the lowest in the price list offered to the consumer on a “non-transitory basis”, i.e...

 

 

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