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Cambodia: Placement of Devices to Measure Volumes of Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Comply with New GDT Instruction
DFDL, September 2021

On 8 September 2021, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Instruction No. 15024 on the obligation to install devices to measure the volume of beer and/or non-alcoholic beverages on the sites of local beverage producing enterprises...

What Employers Need To Know About Employee Retention Credits: Rules for the Second Half of 2021 and General Clarifications
Dykema, September 2021

Employee Retention Credits (“ERC” or “credits”) are available to eligible employers that paid qualified wages after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2022. Multiple pieces of legislation and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) guidance expanded and modified the ERC rules and determination of eligibility for ERC, and computation of the credits may vary based on each individual calendar quarter in 2020 and 2021...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates August 2021 (2)
Shearn Delamore & Co., September 2021

Corporate/M&A Amendments to the Main Market Listing Requirements following Enhanced IPO Framework On 11 August 2021, Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa Securities”) reviewed the Main Market Listing Requirements (“MMLR”) to ensure parity of regulation with the Securities Commission Malaysia’s (“SC”) introduction of an enhanced initial public offering (“IPO”) framework which took effect on 1 January 2021...

Bitesize Briefing – Freeports – Commercial Contracts and Supply Chain
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

The government has confirmed its intention to establish eight new Freeports in Solent, East Midlands Airport, Felixstowe & Harwich, Humber, Liverpool City Region, Plymouth & South Devon, Teesside and Thames. In our latest Freeport bitesize briefing, we look at some of the potential commercial contracts and supply chain opportunities for businesses looking to operate in these Freeports. There are generous customs and taxation benefits within Freeport sites...

National Treasury Set to Limit Assessed Tax Losses: Agricultural and Mining Sectors Among those Industries to Bear the Brunt
ENSafrica, September 2021

  The National Treasury (“NT”’) published its draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill with accompanying Explanatory Memorandum on 28 July 2021 (the “draft Bill”). By now it is well known that the draft Bill contains a fairly radical proposal: section 20 of the Income Tax Act, 1962 (“the Act”) will be amended to limit the amount of an assessed tax loss that may be set-off against taxable income...

Explaining the Call for Global Tax Reform
ENSafrica, September 2021

Since the G7 meeting on 5 June when the G7 finance ministers announced a global corporation tax of at least 15%, there has been much written and spoken about the new proposed global minimum tax rate. Janet Yellen, the US Treasury Secretary, called the agreement a “historic day for economic diplomacy”...

Managing Transfer Pricing Risk during the COVID-19 Pandemic
ENSafrica, September 2021

It seems like an eternity ago since the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Governments around the world have responded to the pandemic in different ways, including various degrees of lockdowns, travel restrictions and fiscal and monetary support for some of the most affected industries. This has led to unprecedented disruptions of the global economy and affected business models of many multinational enterprises (“MNEs”)...

Dramatic Changes proposed to Norway’s Petroleum Tax Regime
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2021

Last night, only days ahead of a general election the minority Government in Norway is likely not to win, a proposal for dramatic changes to the upstream petroleum tax regime. It was announced at 18.00 hours Oslo time in a hastily called press conference by the Minister of Finance Mr Sanner (Conservative) and the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ms Bru (Conservative)...

A Much-Awaited Relief to Indian Exporters on Remission of Duties
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, September 2021

The World Trade Organization (‘WTO’) has always been of the view that Indian export subsidy schemes like Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (‘MEIS’), Export Oriented Units (‘EOUs’), Service Export Incentive Schemes are principally in violation to the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement (‘SCM Agreement’)...

Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for August 2021
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2021

1. May the Bureau of Internal Revenue issue assessments against a taxpayer based on third-party information? Yes, provided that such third-party information is verified or confirmed with the relevant customers or suppliers. In Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Mercury Group of Companies, Inc. (CTA EB No. 2215 (CTA Case No...

Infringement Found for Football Teams’ Facemasks
Veirano Advogados, August 2021

The manufacturer of the official facemask for the Brazilian Football Confederation filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties. The manufacturer of the official facemask for the men’s and women’s teams of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties...

Tokyo Olympics, The Greenest Games Ever?
ENSafrica, August 2021

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been dubbed the greenest Games to date. Despite some criticism levelled against the claims of their eco-friendly nature, it is notable that the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee has made significant strides to minimise the Games’ carbon footprint...

Social Media Influencers Could Become the Targets of Trademark Infringement Lawsuits
Buchalter, August 2021

Petunia Products, Inc. owns the BROW BOOST ® trademark, under which it sells a “Billion Dollar Brows” eyebrow primer and conditioner. Petunia recently asserted trademark infringement claims against a skin care products company, which Petunia alleges infringed on its BROW BOOST mark in connection with the name of its product that competes with Petunia’s product, and by using the hashtag #BROWBOOST on social media to promote its product...

Barcelona Bedlam
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, August 2021

When I was a young lawyer working for the Norwegian Competition Authority, a complaint was received that gave rise to some amusement among the staff at the authority. The complainant argued that the Norwegian football club Viking FK’s signing of the half-decent footballer Ragnvald Soma from rivalling club SK Brann constituted an infringement of Norwegian competition law. Nowadays, competition law in football is no longer a laughing matter...

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

Financial ServicesBank Negara Malaysia issues Policy Document on Reference Rate FrameworkThe policy document on Reference Rate Framework (“RRF PD”) was issued by Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) on 11 August 2021 and will come into effect on 1 August 2022...

Law No. 21,363 that Sets Forth Rules Regarding Commercialization and Advertising of Alcoholic Beverages is Published
Carey, August 2021

On August 6th of 2021, Law No. 21,363 (hereinafter the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette. The Law introduces modifications to Law No. 19,925 about expenditure, commercialization and production of alcoholic beverages, and other associated Laws, establishing different limitations to the advertising of alcoholic beverages, as well as the obligation of including warnings about harmful consumption in the container of these kind of products...

Half-Hearted Refunds for Inverted Duty Structure Supplies
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, August 2021

Even after four years of the introduction of Goods and Service Tax, there is a lack of clarity on many substantive and procedural issues. One such issue is the absence of complete relief from the ill effects of an inverted duty structure, that is where the GST rate paid on purchases is more than the GST rate payable on sales, resulting in an accumulation of credits. The difficulty arises because the taxpayer has to pay tax to its vendors on its purchases in cash...

Federal Court of Justice on the Scope of the Right to Access Pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2021

Background In its ruling of June 15, 2021 (Case No. VI ZR 576/19), the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) for the first time took a comprehensive position on the scope of the right to access pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR. Article 15 GDPR standardizes the right of access of a data subject vis-à-vis a controller...

Champagne: Is Russia Really Putin the Boot In?
ENSafrica, August 2021

A comment posted on social media last week in South Africa said, “It is only a Coup when it originates from the Coup d'état region in France. Otherwise it is just sparkling insurrection”. For those who are not aware, South Africa has had a few disruptive weeks with violent protests and looting. In-between the angst and sadness, there was still time for a dig at Geographical Indications (“GIs”)...

Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for July 2021
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2021

1. What is the extended period for availing yourself of the Estate Tax Amnesty? Taxpayers now have until June 14, 2023, to avail themselves of the Estate Tax Amnesty. Republic Act No. 11569, titled “An Act Extending the Estate Tax Amnesty and for Other Purposes, Amending Section 6 of Republic Act No. 11213, otherwise known as the ‘Tax Amnesty Act’” was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, 2021...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates July 2021 (2)
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2021

Financial ServicesRecovery Planning Policy DocumentFollowing feedback on its exposure draft, Bank Negara Malaysia has issued a revised policy document on recovery planning which are applicable to banks and investments banks licensed under the Financial Services Act 2013, Islamic banks licensed under the Islamic Financial Services Act 2013 and financial holding companies of the foregoing mentioned licensed entities (collectively, the “FIs”)...

Legal Implications of Playing Music at Your Brewery
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

Dinsmore's Tarah Rémy wrote an article for Beverage Master titled "Legal Implications of Playing Music at Your Brewery," where she discusses the intellectual property considerations breweries should take when choosing music, whether played through speakers or live. You can read the full article by clicking the link at the bottom. Below is an excerpt...

Shearn Delamore & Co.: MyCC's Inquiry on P-Hailing Service Issues
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2021

On 26 July 2021, the Malaysia Competition Commission (“MyCC”) issued a statement (“the Press Release”) that it is looking into the pricing practices of food delivery platform companies including but not limited to the “imposition of exorbitant commission fees” by the said companies (“the Inquiry”). The Press Release is accessible here...

Miley Cyrus: Aside From Her Musical Talent, She has made a Contribution to Trade Mark Law
ENSafrica, July 2021

ossibly the most confusing issue in trade mark law is this: when are two trade marks confusingly similar? We’ll discuss two recent European trade mark judgments which hopefully don’t add to the confusion. THE MILEY CYRUS CASE Is the trade mark MILEY CYRUS confusingly similar to the trade mark CYRUS? That’s the issue that the European Union General Court had to grapple with recently...

Tax Alert: Mergers Exempt from Stamp Duty
Deacons, July 2021

In a decision that will no doubt come as a great relief to the funds, banking, and asset management industries, the Court of Appeal ruled in Nomura Funds Plc v Collector of Stamp Revenue [2021] HKCA 1040 that a merger effected by way of the universal succession of the merged company (i.e., the surviving company) to the assets and liabilities of the merging company (i.e...

 

 

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