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Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures
ENSafrica, April 2021

ENSafrica recently released Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures. This comprehensive report outlines the COVID-19 regulatory measures for each country across Sub-Sahara Africa, providing the sector, measure, effective date/status and key points and impact for each region. The information provided herein is intended to provide a general overview, and is not an exhaustive list of all legislatice developments across Sub-Sahara...

Li Yiqing v Lamtex Holdings – A Shift of Emphasis in Relation to the Hong Kong Court’s Recognition of Foreign Insolvency Proceedings
Deacons, April 2021

The recent Court of First Instance decision in Li Yiqing v Lamtex Holdings Limited [2021] HKCFI 622 (11 March 2021) is a landmark decision in cross-border insolvency law in Hong Kong, in which the Court held that when it is considering the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings, regard should not simply be had to the place of incorporation of the relevant company, but that in a departure from previous practice, the location of the company’s centre of main interest (COMI) is

Banks Not Required to Act as Detectives or Fraud Detectors
Deacons, April 2021

There has been an increasing number of fraud cases, in particular cyber fraud cases, around the world. Some victims of fraud have sought redress from banks for failing to detect the fraud and refrain from processing their instructions by relying on the Quincecare duty (i.e...

Arbitral Award Against a Wrong Party Set Aside
Deacons, April 2021

In the recent case of AB V CD, HCCT 27/2020, 18 February 2021the Court granted the application of AB Engineering, to set aside a HKIAC arbitral award made against it in Hong Kong, finding that it was not a party to the relevant agreement containing the arbitration clause (Agreement)...

When can a Bank Reverse a Credit Transfer without Customer Consent?
ENSafrica, April 2021

The South African Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) recently delivered judgment in the matter of FirstRand Bank Limited v The Spar Group Limited. The SCA held that: A customer with no entitlement to money deposited into its account and who knows that it enjoys no such entitlement, may not pay out money against the credit to the account. Doing so amounts to theft...

New Favorable Qualified Small Business Stock Guidance for Fintechs and Insurtechs
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2021

On April 9, 2021, the IRS released Private Letter Ruling (PLR) 202114002 (January 13, 2021), which provides additional context to taxpayers worried about whether their Fintech or Insurtech shares represent Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 1202...

Gig Employer Hit with Background Check Class Action
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

Uber Technologies, Inc. has been sued in a class action lawsuit alleging the company’s use of criminal background checks discriminates against Black and Latinx drivers. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on April 8, challenges Uber’s “unlawful use of criminal history to discriminate against its drivers in New York City as well as its brazen noncompliance with human rights and fair credit laws...

CFPB Proposed Rule: Slowing the Foreclosure Wave
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

On April 5, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued a proposed rule that would, among other things, establish a temporary COVID-19 emergency pre-foreclosure review period until December 31, 2021, for principal residences. Currently, the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for Federal Housing Administration, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac loans has been extended until June 30, 2021...

Loss of Personal Information: The Superior Court Dismisses a Class Action
Lavery Lawyers, April 2021

On March 26, 2021, the Superior Court rendered a decision dismissing a class action against the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (“IIROC”) on the loss of personal information of thousands of Canadian investors.1 The lack of evidence of compensable injury and IIROC’s diligent behaviour are the main reasons for the dismissal of the class action. The Facts On February 22, 2013, an inspector working for IIROC forgot his laptop computer in a public place...

Reserve Bank New Enforcement Department
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2021

The Reserve Bank Te Putea Matua has established a new separate Enforcement Department.  The Department will be operationally separate from the Supervision team but both will work together to incentivise and manage prudent behaviour and to hold institutions to account for non-compliance. Who needs to read it? Why? All financial institutions regulated by the Reserve Bank. This signals a move towards a more proactive regulator to which institutions will need to respond...

Climate Reporting Bill to Receive First Reading this Week
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2021

On 12 April 2021, the New Zealand Government introduced the Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (Bill), which will receive its first reading this week.  Once passed, disclosures will be required for financial years commencing in 2022, meaning that the first disclosures will be made in 2023...

Mamo TCV Newsletter - March 2021
Mamo TCV Advocates, April 2021

Banking & Finance ESAs issue joint supervisory statement on the application of the Regulation on Sustainability-related disclosures in the Financial Services Sector (SFDR) ESAs issue recommendations on the application of the SFDR...

Proposed Lowering of Statutory Limit of Effective Rate of Interest Stipulated in the Money Lenders Ordinance (Cap. 163)
Deacons, April 2021

The Financial Services Branch of the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (the “FSB”) issued a letter on 1 April 2021 to all licensed money lenders setting out the Government’s proposal to revise the statutory interest rate cap and extortionate rate for money lending stipulated in the Money Lenders Ordinance (Cap. 163) (“MLO”)...

The Rise of POPIA Litigation: Disclosure of Personal Information in Court Proceedings
ENSafrica, April 2021

In the recent judgment of Divine Inspiration Trading 205 (Pty) Limited and another v Katherine Gordon and 2 others, the Western Cape High Court found, in essence, that the rules of court override the interests protected under the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPIA”) and ordered that personal information be disclosed. In this matter, the applicants sought an order for the disclosure of Ms Gordon’s medical records from her medical practitioners...

Shearn Delamore & Newsletters 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,We are pleased to bring you the March 2020 issue of our quarterly Newsletter, we hope that you will continue to find its contents of value to you.REAL ESTATE:PJD Regency Sdn Bhd v Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah: Calculation of Liquidated Agreed Damages commences from the Date of Payment of Booking Fee. A case note by Alexis Yong Mey Ling...

New Rules of CAM Santiago Enter into Force
Carey, April 2021

On April 1st, 2021, the Domestic Arbitration New Rules (“ New Rules ”) of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of Santiago's Chamber of Commerce (“ CAM Santiago ”) came into force...

Colossal Win for Google as SCOTUS Affirms ‘Fair Use’
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2021

The protracted legal battle between software giant Oracle America Inc. (“Oracle”) and technology behemoth Google LLC (“Google”) has truly been one for the ages. The Supreme Court of the United States of America (“SCOTUS”) on 05 April 2021 delivered its judgment in the writ of Certiorari filed by Google against Oracle...

Delaware Issues Landmark Decision Supporting D&O Coverage for Fraud
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

On March 3, 2021, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a landmark victory for policyholders in the insurance dispute concerning Dole Food Company, Inc. under a directors and officers liability policy, in RSUI Indem. Co. v. Murdock, et al., No. 154, 2020, 2021 WL 803867, at *1 (Del. Mar. 3, 2021). Dole’s dispute was with its eighth-layer excess insurer, RSUI Indemnity Company, which provided $10 million excess of $75 million...

XRB Issues Timeline for Developing Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2021

The External Reporting Board (XRB) recently issued its timeline for developing the financial reporting Standard for climate-related financial disclosures (Standard).  The timeline includes consultation in February to May 2022, and publication of the standard in September 2022, with reporting entities delivering their first disclosures in 2023...

The Forefront: Great ExSPACtations
TSMP Law Corporation, April 2021

The advent of blank cheque company IPOs. Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) have taken the corporate world by storm. These “blank cheque” shell companies, which raise funds in their initial public offerings (IPO) to invest in potential but as yet unidentified target businesses, have fuelled a listing frenzy in the US. SPAC IPOs have garnered US$87.9 billion in fundraising in the first three months of 2021, already exceeding last year’s total...

Court of Appeal Judgement Provides Important Guidance on Interpretation of RAO
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has allowed a SIPP investor’s appeal in Adams v Options UK Personal Pensions LLP (2021) EWCA Civ 474 and provided important guidance on the interpretation of Article 25 and 53 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 Regulated Activities Order 2001...

HKIAC 2020 Statistics
Deacons, April 2021

The HKIAC’s statistics for 2020 reveal that in 2020 the HKIAC received a record number of arbitration filings (the highest number received in over a decade) and the total amount in dispute in the arbitrations was another record high. Most hearings were fully or partially virtual, which is unsurprising given the pandemic outbreak last year. The following are some of the more notable statistics: 483 new cases were submitted to the HKIAC in 2020...

Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 Comes into Effect 19 May 2021
Deacons, April 2021

In our previous article, we reported on the Supplemental Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between Mainland China and the HKSAR (Supplemental Arrangement) made on 27 November 2020, which made certain revisions to the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between Mainland China and the HKSAR, as follows: Recognition of arbitral awards -The Supplemental Arrangement clarified that the procedures set out in the Arrangement shall be in

England’s Court Rules in Favour of Contractor for Unpaid Retention
Deacons, April 2021

In DR Jones Yeovil Ltd v The Stepping Stone Group Ltd [2020] EWHC 2308 (TCC), England’s Technology and Construction Court ruled in favour of a contractor in its claim for unpaid retention under a JCT contract and dismissed the employer’s counterclaim for alleged defects. Certificates of Making Good were never issued and one of the questions before the court was whether that meant there could be no recovery of the balance of retention...

Court of Appeal Rules on Meaning of “Default” in Construction Contract
Deacons, April 2021

The appeal in ABC Electrification Ltd v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 1645, concerned the proper construction of a Target Cost Contract based upon the standard Institute of Civil Engineers Conditions of Contract, Target Cost Version, First Edition (ICE Conditions) and subject to standard amendments commonly used in the rail industry, known as Network Rail 12 (N12 Amendments)...

 

 

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