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New immigration changes in Panama: SEM, Special Regularization Process and Aviation
Morgan & Morgan, June 2019

Executive Decree No. 238 of June 10, 2019 Requirements to apply for permanent residency for executives of Multinational Headquarters offices (“SEM” for its acronym in Spanish) As of June 11th, 2019, the requirements to apply for the Permanent Resident Permit for Executives of SEM companies who i) continue working at a SEM company, and ii) no longer work for a SEM company...

Logistic Center for the Distribution and Transportation of Oil Products
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., January 2019

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has passed an executive order whereby he proposed the creation of the “Logistic Center for the Distribution and Transportation of Petroleum Products” (the “Center”), as a decentralized administrative entity separate from the Ministry of Energy, with technical, operational and management autonomy...

An Open Door to Greater Development Opportunities: Chicago City Council Approves New Transit Served Location Legislation
Dykema, January 2019

The Chicago City Council recently approved a significant amendment to the transit-oriented development provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Prior to the change, the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, through increases and reductions of certain development standards, allowed for larger, more dense buildings on properties in close proximity to CTA or Metra train stations...

Dispute Between Two Popular Ride-Sharing Companies in Brazil Reinforces That Comparative Advertising is Not Illegal
Veirano Advogados, January 2019

The dispute between ride sharing companies Uber and 99 is increasingly fierce. Now the main stage is Rio de Janeiro. In May 2018, Uber filed a lawsuit against 99 in the city, claiming misleading advertising. Less than two months ago, 99 began an aggressive discount campaign in the city to promote the 99Pop service in Rio, competing directly with Uber...

End to Foreign Ownership Cap of Brazilian Airlines
Veirano Advogados, December 2018

The Brazilian Federal Government recently published Medida Provisória No. 863/2018 ("MP 863/18"), a new rule that amends Federal Law No. 7,565, of December 19, 1986 (Brazilian Aviation Code) and lifts the existing restrictions to foreign capital shareholding in Brazilian air transportation companies. As a result, foreign investors are from now on able to hold up to one hundred percent (100%) of the voting capital of Brazilian airlines...

Why Ireland Deserves Its Place as a Global Leader in the Aviation Sector
A&L Goodbody, November 2018

Ireland is a key global hub for aviation finance and leasing, having almost 50 years' experience in the sector. Recent reports forecast that the Irish aviation sector will see growth of over 20 per cent in aircraft assets from 2016 to 2021. Aviation finance and leasing is a global industry with investment into Ireland mainly coming from the US, Europe and Asia. Ireland’s aviation finance and leasing sector was a 'disruptive' industry in Ireland long before the term was even coined...

Battling for The Knowledge That Controls The Car
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, November 2018

The value of the car is no longer merely associated with the car body, its engine or other material parts. Substantial value is found in the knowledge that controls the car – knowledge that does not only steer the car, but which may form the basis for maintenance and repairs planning, computing insurance premiums or indicating who is liable in the case of damage...

Shipowners' Choice of Vessel Flag
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, October 2018

Shipowners often face the decision as to which flag they should fly on their vessel. Several factors may influence the choice of flag. The shipowner's decision as to which flag they should fly on their vessel must be made when an owner is: registering a new build; changing flag in connection with a sale and purchase transaction; or concluding a bareboat contract...

Brave New Wheels? Potential Uses for Blockchain Technology in Auto Finance
Dykema, October 2018

Cryptocurrencies have captured the imaginations of individuals and emerging businesses drawn to their potential to serve as alternative stores of value, to reduce transaction costs by eliminating intermediaries. Most notably in popular culture and media - to provide eye-catching opportunities for speculative investing...

Major News Concerning Arrival or Departure of Yachts From EU Customs Territory
Garrigues, October 2018

The Spanish Tax Agency published on their webpage an information notice by the Customs and Special Taxes Department with the intention of “enabling interested parties to comply with their tax and customs obligations” as it regards the arrival and departure of recreational craft from the customs territory of the Union...

Force Majeure: Contractual Performance When the Dam Bursts
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2018

Classic Maritime Inc. v Limbungan SDN BHD & Anor [2018] EWHC 2389 (Comm) This case arose out of a dispute relating to the correct interpretation of an “exceptions clause” which excused non-performance of a contract in circumstances that are usually described asforce majeure...

Getting the Deal Through – Shipping 2019: Mexico
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2018

Eduardo Corzo, a Counsel in Haynes and Boone’s Mexico City office who focuses on maritime and shipping law, contributed to a new legal guide titled, “Getting the Deal Through – Shipping 2019.” Eduardo wrote the chapter that covers shipping as governed by the law of Mexico. Each chapter in the guide covers key issues such as ship registrations and mortgages, maritime liens, and responsibilities and liabilities of the shipping company...

First Pilot Project On The Use Of Autonomous Vehicles Comes Into Effect
Lavery Lawyers, August 2018

The Autonomous Bus and Minibus Pilot Project 1 (the “Pilot Project”) came into effect in Quebec recently. The project provides guidelines for the regulated driving of the first autonomous vehicles on Quebec’s roads...

The Shipping Law Review 2018 - Ireland
A&L Goodbody, August 2018

I COMMERCIAL OVERVIEW OF THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY With Ireland having the European Union’s third-largest ocean area, the Irish government plans to double the state’s ocean wealth by 2030 and, in the interim, make Ireland an attractive location for international shipping activities. The changes brought about by Brexit may help to enhance Ireland’s position further in the maritime sphere...

Autonomous Cars in Quebec: The Legal Uncertainty is Clarified at Last
Lavery Lawyers, July 2018

With the recent enactment of Bill 165, An Act to amend the Highway Safety Code and other provisions1, the driving of autonomous vehicles in Quebec is finally regulated, although a number of uncertainties remain. Indeed, the driving of autonomous vehicles of automation level 3, such as Tesla’s model X equipped with an improved guidance system, is now permitted in Quebec...

Future Technologies in Transport
MinterEllison, July 2018

What are some of the exciting developments we're seeing in transport? How can these be practically applied? We were delighted to host a Fast Track session as part of our sponsorship of Amplify, AMP’s innovation festival, where we explored how innovative high speed transportation systems will impact our future. But how can these new technologies be introduced into society? High speed transportation systems Long commutes could soon be history...

Recent Structural Developments in Aircraft ABS Transactions
A&L Goodbody, July 2018

Since 2013, the demand for aircraft ABS (asset-backed securitisation) transactions has gone from strength to strength. Last year saw a record number (14) of ABS deals close and 2018 is on course to at least match that number. For many aircraft lessors, access to the capital markets is a crucial component of their capital structure...

Getting The Deal Through - Shipbuilding
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2018

Getting the Deal Through – Shipbuilding is part of the series of Getting the Deal Through law guides published by Law Business Research that provide an overview of specialist areas of the law in a variety of international jurisdictions. It is published annually and the seventh edition, covers 13 jurisdictions. Leading practitioners from each jurisdiction answer the same key questions...

Additional Duties on Imported Vehicles and Parts May Result From New Investigation: Comment and Hearing Dates Imminent
Dykema, May 2018

Not long after President Trump announced that the U.S. would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, the Department of Commerce launched an investigation that may lead to additional duties on imported vehicles and automotive parts. Effective, the Department will now examine whether imports of vehicles and auto parts threaten U.S. national security...

ANTAQ Adapts Rules for Construction and Exploration of Private-Use Terminal
Veirano Advogados, May 2018

Earlier this year, the National Agency of Waterway Transports (ANTAQ) published Normative Resolution No. 20, which approves new rules for the authorization for the construction and exploration of private-use terminal (TUP), cargo transhipment station (ETC), small-size public port facility (IP4) and tourism port facility (IPTur), revoking Resolution No. 3,290. The new rules aim at adjusting the requirements and proceedings applicable by ANTAQ to the changes introduced by Decree No...

The Trucking Industry Absorbs Yet Another Blow at the Hand of the California Supreme Court
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2018

Many California courts, politicians and regulators seem intent on attacking trucking and transportation companies. The California Supreme Court‘s, Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court (Case No. S222732) decision is the latest example of this assault on the industry...

A Reality Check for Autonomous Shipping in 2018
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, April 2018

  Autonomous vessels are generating increasing interest in the shipping industry, both due to novelty and promising commercial benefits. However, despite all the buzz actual investments in projects involving autonomous vessels remain few and far between. This article will take a closer look at the commercial and legal realities explaining why there is no imminent sea change in sight...

SB 827 - State Senator Wiener's "Neutron Bomb" Law to Override Localities Limitations on New Housing
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2018

On January 3, 2018, San Francisco’s State Senator Scott Wiener introduced a bill (SB 827) that would all but abolish the city’s famously strict land use controls—and those of virtually all California’s urban neighborhoods. It is considered the most radical of all the pro-housing legislation introduced during the last year in California...

Lexology Aviation Navigator: Philippines
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2018

Are there any notable recent developments or trends in the aviation sector in your jurisdiction? Air passenger traffic in the Philippines increased by approximately 10% during 2016. This passenger growth was caused mainly by the expansion of low-cost carriers and flights offered at minimal or affordable prices. However, growth could have been faster had it not been for infrastructure constraints at the country’s main airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in Metro Manila...

Serbian Commission Fines Another Bid Rigging Cartel
Karanovic & Partners, January 2018

The Serbian Competition Commission (the "Commission") recently fined four undertakings for bid rigging in the public procurement for the maintenance of train wagons. The contracting authority, the "Nikola Tesla" power plant, which represents the largest electricity-producing complex in Serbia, informed the Commission about possible collusion in public procurement for repair services for the train wagons it uses in coal transportation...

Current Challenges With International Recognition and Enforcement of Mortgages on Ships - Is the Solution found in the Aviation Sector?
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, October 2017

Having practised both as a shipping lawyer and an aviation lawyer for many years, I do find the experience and practice with the Cape Town Convention and aviation finance transactions to be interesting when experiencing the challenges faced by the shipping industry with respect to recognition and enforcement of mortgages...

In the Race to Win the Autonomous Vehicle Market, Covering Risk Is Key
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2017

 The autonomous vehicle industry is pressing forward, full speed ahead. The conveniences and efficiencies created by shifting to self-driving vehicles are expected to drive vast economic growth and generate widespread consumer demand. Given the potential benefits, it is no wonder that autonomous technologies are now being embraced by a variety of market players— ranging from small start-up tech companies to perennial automotive giants...

Bidding Qualifications for Taiwan's Mega Infrastructure Program (Part II)
LCS & Partners, October 2017

Are bidders required to partner with a Taiwan company to participate in the bidding process? Foreign companies may participate in the bidding process on their own, so long as they meet the bidding qualifications. Most public engineering projects permit either bidding by a single company or by a joint bid. So long as a company is able to meet the qualifications for the procurement project, it may submit a bid on its own...

New Maritime Policy Approved to Develop the Maritime Transport Sector
ENSafrica, August 2017

In recent months, the South African Minister of Transport gave notice that Cabinet had approved the Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy, 2017 (“CMTP”). The CMTP makes certain policy statements in order to develop South Africa’s maritime industry. Below, we summarise certain policy statements that relate to the more commercial aspects of shipping, in the order in which they are dealt with in the CMTP...

Maritime Law in the Wake of the Unmanned Vessel
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, August 2017

Unmanned vessels are no longer a futuristic concept, but a reality. In Norway, several projects involving the testing of unmanned vessels are currently ongoing. It is only a question of time before we see unmanned vessels operating in international waters. In this article we will first look at ongoing projects in Norway and the challenges faced from a national law perspective...

Uber: Transport Services, Not e-Commerce?
Wardynski & Partners, August 2017

According to the advocate general’s opinions in C-434/15 Elite Taxi and C-320/16 Uber France, Uber does not provide information society services, but local transport services which may be regulated by EU member states. It has been more than ayear since we signalled that the Court of Justice of the European Union would need to resolve the legal classification of the services provided by Uber...

Bidding Process for PPP Project, Port Providencia (Manta-Manaos International Route)
Bustamante & Bustamante Law Firm, June 2017

The Ministry of Transport and Public Works (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte) of Ecuador, which is entitled of the management of the ports had issued the invitation to the public bidding process...

Federal Government Changes Regulation of Brazil's Ports Law to Unlock Investments in the Sector
Veirano Advogados, May 2017

Following recommendations from a working group formed by the Ministry of Transportation, Ports and Civil Aviation (MTPAC) and discussions with representatives of different interested parties, President Michel Temer recently signed a decree changing the regulations of (Ports Law)...

Croatian Competition Agency Found No Abuse Of Dominant Position By An Authorised Dealer Of Land Rover And Jaguar Cars
Karanovic & Partners, May 2017

The Croatian Competition Agency (the "Agency") initiated proceedings against Grand Auto – an authorised dealer of Land Rover and Jaguar cars for Croatia, after an initiative by the Auto Dealership "Karlo", a former authorised repairer of the said cars for Croatia...

Autonomous Cars Will Shortly be on the Roads in Montreal
Lavery Lawyers, April 2017

Autonomous cars have really taken off in the last few years, particularly due to the interest of both consumers and the businesses who develop and improve them. In this context, on April 5 and 10, 2017, the City of Montréal and the Government of Québec respectively announced significant investments in the electrification and intelligent transportation sector to make the Province of Québec a pioneer of that industry...

Dawn Raid In Montenegro
Karanovic & Partners, March 2017

In March 2017, the Montenegrin Agency for the Protection of Competition carried out an unannounced inspection (dawn raid) at the business premises of Sava Trans d.o.o. Cetinje, a company engaged in freight transport, in order to collect data necessary for undertaking further actions carried out by the Agency...

Legal Update: Aviation - 2017
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., February 2017

The Ministry of Transport National Infrastructures and Road Safety published a notice regarding a revision to the penalty amounts set out in the Aviation Services Law. Revisions were under the (Compensation and Assistance for Flight Cancellation or Change of Conditions), 5772 - 2012 (the "Law") and the Aviation Services Regulations (Compensation and Assistance for Flight Cancellation or Change of Conditions) (Domestic Flights) 5773-2013 (the "Regulations")...

Autonomous Vehicles in Quebec: Unanswered Questions
Lavery Lawyers, February 2017

According to a recent study, 25% of new cars sold around the world will be self-driving by 20351. A group of researchers from Princeton University estimates that by 2035-2050 over half of American cars will be self-driving2. Smart cars are currently being sold in Québec and their advent is sure to have repercussions on several players. Self-Driving Cars Smart cars use information and communication technology in accident prevention systems with varying levels of automation...

Mexico, Brazil Skies: Closed No More? Mexican and Brazilian Aviation Markets Start to See Liberalization
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2016

The United States has been a leader in advocating the removal of barriers to competition in the civil aviation market and to this effect has signed more than 120 bilateral Open Skies Agreements with countries around the world. However, not all of Latin America has embraced this policy, with Mexico and Brazil being two of the largest holdouts...

New Rules for Application Based Public Transportation
Makarim & Taira S., September 2016

The Minister of Transportation has issued Minister of Transportation Regulation No. PM 32 of 2016 on the Organization of Non-Fixed-Route Public-Transportation Services. This regulation addresses the ongoing dispute between the existing transportation companies and application-based transportation services...

Karanovic & Nikolic Advises the Seller of Electric Buses for the City of Belgrade
Karanovic & Partners, September 2016

Karanovic & Nikolic is pleased to have advised on the recent public procurement case in which our client – the seller – provided the City of Belgrade with five new electric buses for the city's public transport system. The team that led the client throughout the process was represented by Marjan Poljak, Partner, and Ana Stankovic, Senior Associate...

Interest Shown for the Kotor-Cetinje Cableway Concession
Karanovic & Partners, September 2016

Montenegrin media outlets have recently reported that the initial phase of the tender for the pre-qualification procedure in awarding the concession for the Kotor-Lovcen-Cetinje cableway – announced on 3 August in the Official Gazette of Montenegro – will be open to interested parties until 5 October this year...

Too Big To Hide – European Commission Sanctions Truck Cartel
Karanovic & Partners, July 2016

Global competition law circles have recently been shaken by the European Commission's record-setting fine of EUR 2.93 billion for collusion on the automotive market, imposed against Volvo, Daimler, Iveco and DAF trucks. The sanctions in question varied amongst the accused parties, with Daimler facing the largest penalty in the amount of more than EUR 1 billion on its own. Iveco's fine was set at EUR 494 million, DAF's at EUR 752 million, and Volvo's fine has been set at EUR 670 million...

Applicability of the CMR Convention to Road Legs in Multimodal Transports Open to Question
Krogerus, July 2016

Under the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road ("CMR convention") and the Finnish Road Transport Act, a carrier is, as a general rule, liable for loss of and damage to the goods occurring during the transport as well as for any delay in delivery...

New Rules for Application Based Public Transportation
Makarim & Taira S., June 2016

The Minister of Transportation has issued Minister of Transportation Regulation No. PM 32 of 2016 on the Organization of Non-Fixed-Route Public-Transportation Services. This regulation addresses the ongoing dispute between the existing transportation companies and application-based transportation services...

Investments In Montenegrin Road Infrastructure
Karanovic & Partners, June 2016

The Montenegrin Ministry of Transport has recently been in the news as it provided an overview of investments that it has made over the past ten years in the country's road infrastructure – investments that have totalled at EUR 300 million through renovation, modernisation, and construction processes throughout the country...

Karanović & Nikolić Advises On Air Serbia Aircraft Lease
Karanovic & Partners, May 2016

We are pleased to announce that Karanović & Nikolić has advised Jet Airways (India) Limited, together with Dentons UKMEA LLP, in an aircraft leasing transaction that will enable the long-haul trans-Atlantic route between Serbia and the United States (Belgrade-New York) to be restored...

Turkish Airlines Considers Acquisition Of Croatia’s National Carrier
Karanovic & Partners, May 2016

According to recent reports, it seems to be that an exciting update in the aviation world might be waiting around the corner. More precisely, it has been circulated in the media that the global giant and world's fastest growing airline, Turkish Airlines, is contemplating the acquisition of Croatia's national carrier – Croatia Airlines...

Michigan Governor Gives Directive to State Transportation Department
Dykema, May 2016

On May 12th, Governor Snyder issued Executive Directive No. 2016-1 ("ED 2016-1"), which seeks to improve infrastructure in the State by utilizing the Michigan Department of Transportation ("MDOT") in multiple ways. ED 2016-1 requires MDOT to work with a number of agencies, including coordinating with: - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to identify and address major infrastructure projects where inadequate facilities could cause threats to water or wastewater services...

Equipping Your Supply Chain for FSMA: Allocating Responsibilities under the FSMA Transportation Rule
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2016

In the late 1980s, stories of garbage hauled in the same trucks regularly used to transport fruits and vegetables caused public outrage. Outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, including a salmonellosis outbreak that affected 224,000 consumers, have been attributed to contamination of transportation vehicles. Recently, a major U.S. foodservice distributor was penalized after its practice of storing seafood, milk and raw meat in unrefrigerated sheds was uncovered...

 

 

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