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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...

Do Landlords have an Obligation to Provide their Tenants with a Water Supply?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

In the recent case of Granton Central Developments Ltd v Len Lothian Ltd, a commercial landlord appealed successfully against a Sheriff’s decision that it was obliged to provide, and that its tenant was entitled to receive, a supply of water to leased subjects.  Background to the utilities dispute Granton Central Developments Ltd and Len Lothian Ltd were the landlord and tenant respectively in terms of a lease of commercial premises in Granton, Edinburgh...

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...

Risk Assessment — Construction Claims: How to Calculate the Recoverable Costs and Damages
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

When negotiating a complex change order or preparing to litigate a claim, calculating actual recoverable costs incurred can be a difficult exercise. You will want to first review your contract to determine what kinds of costs are compensable. For example, the change order provision of your contract may provide a specific markup that can be included in a change request or limit the recovery of indirect costs and overhead associated with a change...

OP-ED: Contractors Ought to Address Material Price Increases Head-On
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

As most people are undoubtedly aware, the construction industry has seen material prices escalate astronomically over the past few months. Some specialty lumber prices have soared upwards of 6,000 percent. The cost of a sheet of plywood is double what it was even six months ago. Generally, contractors assume the risk of material prices when they sign a lump sum or GMP contract unless there is a material escalation clause included in the contract terms...

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

Financial ServicesRuling of Shariah Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia on QardAt its 213th meeting of the Shariah Advisory Council (“SAC”) of Bank Negara Malaysia, the SAC ruled that the method under Malaysian Financial Reporting Standard (“MFRS”) 17 Insurance Contracts and MFRS 9 Financial Instruments may be adopted to measure qard (interest free loan) for transactions between shareholders’ fund and takaful fund...

OP-ED: Residential Utility Bills: A Well-Intentioned Law Creates a Serious Trap for the Unwary
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

Utility bills can bring unwelcome surprises: a water bill that reminds you of the extra irrigation costs incurred during a heat wave, an electric bill that makes you realize how much extra power is used when working from home or gaming nonstop, an embarrassing cable bill documenting how many shows you binge-watched last month...

Analysis of CFPB’s New Ability-to-Repay Rule for Qualified Mortgages
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On Dec. 29, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a final rule amending Regulation Z’s Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage (QM) requirements (the New Rule). Regulation Z requires creditors to make a reasonable, good-faith determination of a consumer’s ability to repay their residential mortgage loan. Loans that comply with Regulation Z’s requirements qualify for certain protections from liability...

Building Safety Bill: Key Points for the Construction Industry
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

The Building Safety Bill was finally introduced into Parliament on 30 June 2021 with the aim of delivering fundamental reform to the building safety system. The Bill’s progress through Parliament will be closely monitored as the construction industry looks to prepare for the potentially wide-ranging impact of this complex piece of legislation. The Bill was published in draft form in 2020 to enable pre-legislative scrutiny...

Texas’s Major Lien Law Makeover: What You Need to Know
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

Chapter 53 of the Texas Property Code just received major updates for the first time in years. On June 15, 2021, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law HB 2237. This bill makes many notable changes to Texas’s lien laws. The construction industry and construction lawyers should take note of these changes to the complex and often confusing world of mechanic’s, contractor’s, and materialman’s liens in Texas...

COVID-19's Lasting Impact on Long-Term Care Assets
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

COVID-19 came upon us all like a tsunami, leveling life as we knew it and causing an entirely new paradigm of behavior to be necessary. No segment of the population was hit harder than seniors, both in our communities and in senior care facilities. Long-term care facilities were on the frontlines of the battle, being one of the first industries to be required to wholly alter traditional behaviors to try to stop the inevitable spread of this deadly virus...

California Legislation Extends Protections for Tenants Experiencing COVID-19-Related Financial Distress; Broadens Financial Assistance for Eligible Landlords and Tenants
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Points Eviction protections that were set to expire June 30, 2021, have been extended to September 30, 2021. New notice requirements took effect on July 1, 2021; additional notice requirements take effect on October 1, 2021. Governmental rental assistance is now available to pay 100 percent of a qualified tenant's rent. On June 28, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 832 into law, effective immediately...

New Tax Disclosures Under Revised Overseas Investment Regime Now in Effect
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

From 5 July 2021, overseas investors looking to acquire significant New Zealand business assets must make new tax disclosures as part of their application under the Overseas Investment Act 2005. As signalled in an earlier alert, these requirements are intended to provide Inland Revenue with the information it considers necessary or relevant to the administration or enforcement of the Income Tax Act 2007. We explain these requirements below...

President Biden’s Proposal to Enhance Financial Account Information Reporting Regime on Form 1099
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, July 2021

On May 28, 2021, President Biden released some of the legislative items that would be added by his American Families Plan, which includes a provision that could impact tax information reporting by financial institutions. If enacted, this proposal could require substantial effort to implement and administer. President Biden’s American Families Plan includes a provision which would increase the information reporting compliance requirements for financial institutions...

Salaries Tax Alert: Payment of Bonus Shares to Former Employee Held Not Taxable
Deacons, July 2021

When an employment relationship comes to an end, it is not uncommon for the parties to enter into a termination agreement setting out the departing employee’s rights and obligations. A question naturally arises as to whether, and to what extent, these benefits are chargeable to salaries tax...

Doing Business in Peru - REM
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, July 2021

For the past 25 years, Peru has been undergoing comprehensive economic growth, followed by a modernization and development process, which includes the establishment of a reliable legal framework geared towards maintaining the stability required to promote private sector activity and investment. This continuous growth has been the best incentive to attract substantial foreign investment in various industries...

Shearn Delamore & Co.: Newsletter-June 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2021

Financial ServicesTransition from LIBORIn this article, Krystle Lui Shu Lin reports on the transition from LIBOR rates to risk-free rates...

Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2021: The Second Amendment
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

Today marks another milestone in the constantly changing landscape of the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (the Act), with the coming into force of several of the provisions of the Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2021 as part of the Government’s stated intention to reduce the number of ‘lower risk’ transactions requiring consent, and better manage higher risk transactions and/or assets of significance. Our previous news alert summarising these new changes can be seenhere...

Personal Foundations in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2021

On July 1st 2021, the Russian President signed a draft law on amendments to the Russian Civil Code, establishing the possi-bility of creation of a new type of non-commercial organization - a personal foundation- from March 1st 2022.Purposes of using personal foundationsThe personal foundation will become a new asset planning instrument, after the detailed legislation comes into force...

How to Prove your Case in a Commercial Dispute
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

A party making a claim bears the burden of proof, meaning that it is responsible for proving its claim. In civil disputes (as opposed to criminal matters) a claim generally must be proven ‘on the balance of probabilities’ if it is to be successful. How is this achieved? The answer is that the claimant must present sufficient evidence to persuade the decision maker that its case is more probable than not...

Real Estate IHL Series – Wait, What?
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

As we emerge from lockdown, the pace of change in the real estate world is increasing once again.  Michael Callaghan looks at what the legal landscape looks like in the coming months. Climate change The Government is planning significant changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and the provisions that apply to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to drive down carbon emissions from buildings...

Rent Recovery and Commercial Leases – The Current Position
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Following the latest government announcements, where do landlords and tenants stand in relation to the recovery of rent unpaid during the Coronavirus pandemic? The simple answer is there is a significant degree of uncertainty, and an awful lot of detail around the government’s proposals and that has yet to be resolved...

Will End of Stamp Duty Holiday Damage the Property Market?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Wednesday June 30 2021 is when the Stamp Duty ‘holiday’ in its current form at least will end. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, introduced the temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in July 2020 to boost the housing market following the first national lockdown. The aim was to save buyers from paying stamp duty on any properties valued at up to £500,000 – a saving worth up to £15,000...

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

1. What are the new procedures for availing of tax treaty benefits? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 14-2021, as amended by Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No...

The MTC Undertakes an Ambitious Study of Partnership Taxation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Dinsmore partner Kelvin Lawrence was published in Bloomberg Tax with co-author Bruce P. Ely from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Their article, "The MTC Undertakes an Ambitious Study of Partnership Taxation," discusses the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) Uniformity Committee's work group they created to study issues related to multistate taxation of pass-through entities...

 

 

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