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2021 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The outlook for the year ahead is uncertain with the effects of post-Brexit rules to contend with and COVID-19 continuing to restrict the way we live and work. We look at what the year may have in store for the construction industry. COVID-19 There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused challenges for the construction industry and is likely to have a significant impact into 2021...

Home Working not the Panacea
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Home Working not the Panacea’. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   Home. Noun. Meaning: “The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” Not any longer. Home is now also where many of us work...

2021 Predictions: What is on the Horizon for Real Estate?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that no one can predict the future. But as we start 2021, we look at some of the legislative changes impacting real estate and expected to come into force, or be progressed, this year. Residential With Brexit concluded and the prospect of vaccinations bringing the Coronavirus pandemic under control, the government is keen to pursue its agenda of levelling up the country...

Proof by Sampling in Construction Cases
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

How does one resolve a dispute involving thousands of individual items where it is impractical to deal separately with each one? A recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court provides some guidance - but raises further questions. The case is Standard Life Assurance Limited v Gleeds (UK)(a firm) and Others (December 2020, TCC). Standard Life had engaged Costain as its main contractor for the development of a large residential and retail development in Berkshire...

Coronavirus: New Measures to Support Tenants
PLMJ, January 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the adoption of a set of exceptional and temporary measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to the introduction of various forms of support intended to mitigate the economic impact of this situation...

The Tax System to the Rescue of Print Media
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

Canadian newspapers' loss of advertising revenues to the hands of internet giants over the past several years has jeopardized the very existence of many such newspapers. In 2018, our governments announced several advantageous tax measures in order to ensure the survival of independent print media...

When Do CARES Act Forbearance Rights and Foreclosure Moratoriums End?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) contains a number of provisions that help borrowers with federally backed mortgage loans. Among these are forbearance protections for borrowers with single-family loans and multifamily loans. However, only one of the forbearance provisions has a clearly defined period when the rights are available...

New Payroll Tax Credit Available in 2021 for Public Colleges, Universities and Governmental Healthcare Entities – Q&A
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Key Points Effective January 1, 2021, public colleges, universities, and governmental entities whose primary purpose is providing medical or hospital care are eligible for the employee retention and rehiring tax credit. The amount of the credit is equal to 70 percent of up to $10,000 in eligible wages per employee per quarter for the first two quarters of 2021. The tax credit is claimed as an offset to employment taxes otherwise payable by the employer...

Tax Highlights of Malaysia’s Budget 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Yeoh Yu Xian sets out the key highlights from Malaysia’s 2021 budget. INTRODUCTION On 6 November 2020, the Malaysian Minister of Finance, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, unveiled the Malaysian Budget 2021 (“Budget”). This Budget’s allocation of RM 322.5 billion is the largest on record for the country1...

New ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards to Take Effect in February 2021
Dykema, January 2021

Effective February 23, 2021, the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys are being replaced with the new 2021 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys (“2021 Standards”). The 2021 Standards include a variety of changes which seek to further limit surveyor’s liability and provide better clarity...

Year in Review: Tax Law
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

Application of the exemption method conditional on fulfillment of requirements with regards to ownership fraction and period The Norwegian rules regarding participation exemption have in general entailed that companies tax resident in Norway investing in companies tax resident in the UK have benefited from participation exemption rules with regards to dividends and capital gains on such shares, and the same has been the case for UK companies investing in Norwegian companies...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update December 2020
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

FINANCIAL SERVICES BURSA MALAYSIA SECURITIES EXPANDS MARKET MAKING FRAMEWORK Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa”) has, via Participating Organisations’ Circular No. R/R 13 of 2020 issued on 24 November 2020, made amendments to the rules and directives of Bursa in relation to the expansion of the market making framework...

Regulation of the “Knowledge Economy Promotion Regime”: Decree No. 1034/2020
Beccar Varela, December 2020

Through National Executive Branch Decree No. 1034/2020, published in the Official Gazette on December 21, 2020: (i) Regulations of Law No. 27,506 and its amendments -also known as “Knowledge Economy Promotion Regime” (hereinafter, the “Regime” or the “Law”)- were approved; and (ii) the export duties applicable to the provision of services included in subparagraph c), of paragraph 2, of section 10 of Law No...

Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for December
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2020

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for December covers the following tax issues: 1. When is the extended deadline to avail of the benefits of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Voluntary Assessment and Payment Program for Taxable Year 2018 (VAPP)? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Regulations No. 33-2020 (RR No...

Finance & Loan Security Rights in Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era 10 Key Questions and Answers - Focus on Bangladesh
DFDL, December 2020

This edition of our Q&A series focuses on real estate financing and loan securitization issues in Bangladesh. Given the continuing global uncertainty and economic disruption caused by COVID-19, investors are increasingly concerned about their ability to secure, dispose or otherwise transfer assets that are often now subject to revamped or revised local rules and regulations...

Finance & Loan Security Rights in Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era 10 Key Questions and Answers - Focus on Lao PDR
DFDL, December 2020

This edition of our Q&A series focuses on real estate financing and loan securitization issues in the Lao PDR. Given the continuing global uncertainty and economic disruption caused by COVID-19, investors are increasingly concerned about their ability to secure, dispose or otherwise transfer assets that are often now subject to revamped or revised local rules and regulations...

Year in Review: Real Estate
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, December 2020

2020 has been a year of new challenges and uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite these turbulent times, the Norwegian real estate market has remained relatively stable and strong. According to the last known reports and statistics, we see a total transaction value that has surpassed NOK 51 billion in 2020, compared to NOK 100 billion in 2019. The project finance facilitators remain more active than ever...

Why Rental Property Owners Shouldn’t Defend Themselves Against a Fair-Housing Complaint
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

Most rental property owners (Owners) are subject to federal, state, and local anti-discrimination housing laws. When an Owner receives notice of a complaint alleging violations of these laws, it is important to take the complaint very seriously. There are significant business, financial, public relations, and personal risks involved with a fair-housing complaint...

Finance & Loan Security Rights in Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era: 10 Key Q&As – Focus on Bangladesh
DFDL, December 2020

This edition of our Q&A series focuses on real estate financing and loan securitization issues in Bangladesh. Given the continuing global uncertainty and economic disruption caused by COVID-19, investors are increasingly concerned about their ability to secure, dispose or otherwise transfer assets that are often now subject to revamped or revised local rules and regulations...

Finance & Loan Security Rights in Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era: 10 Key Q&As – Focus on Lao PDR
DFDL, December 2020

This edition of our Q&A series focuses on real estate financing and loan securitization issues in the Lao PDR. Given the continuing global uncertainty and economic disruption caused by COVID-19, investors are increasingly concerned about their ability to secure, dispose or otherwise transfer assets that are often now subject to revamped or revised local rules and regulations...

Finance & Loan Security Rights in Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era: 10 Key Q&As – Focus on Cambodia
DFDL, December 2020

This edition of our Q&A series focuses on real estate financing and loan securitization issues in Cambodia. Given the continuing uncertainty and economic disruption caused by COVID-19 worldwide, investors are increasingly concerned about their ability to secure, dispose or otherwise transfer assets that are often now subject to revamped or revised local rules and regulations...

FFCRA Paid Leave Requirements Not Extended; Tax Credits and Employer Aid is Extended
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act), which provides additional COVID-19 relief to individuals and businesses. The long-anticipated COVID-19 relief bill will now head to President Trump for approval or veto. The Act does not extend requirements for employers to provide emergency paid sick leave or emergency paid family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) past the original Dec...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Commercial Eviction Moratorium Update
Buchalter, December 2020

  In an update to our client alert from November 30 regarding the San Francisco commercial eviction moratorium previously passed by the Board of Supervisors, we note that, following our publication of the client alert, the Board of Supervisors, on December 1, amended the moratorium to clarify previous language on a retail tenant’s right to terminate its lease that was ambiguous...

Takeaways From 4 NY Virus-Related Tenant Contract Rulings
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, December 2020

Over the past several months, many disputes have arisen over whether the COVID19 pandemic or government responses to it provide, depending on the jurisdiction, an impossibility or impracticability defense for nonperformance under a contract. Now, we are beginning to see a flood of decisions addressing that defense. We previously wrote about two recent decisions from New York that are instructive on the defense of impossibility — the relevant standard under New York law...

Congress Briefly Extends Part of the FFCRA - but Only the Tax Credits
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, December 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act ("FFCRA") was passed by Congress this spring to mandate two weeks of paid sick leave for COVID-19 reasons and to extend the FMLA by creating a new reason for FMLA leave relating to the need for child care because of COVID-19. The details of the FFCRA were covered by the Spilman COVID-19 Task Force at the time of passage here...

 

 

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