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Moratorium on Bankruptcy Proceedings
ALRUD Law Firm, April 2020

In an expedited process, a Federal Law amending several legislative acts was passed by the State Duma and Federal Council of the Russian Federation. In particular, the law envisages use of the power of the Government of the Russian Federation to impose, in extraordinary cases, a moratorium on insolvency proceedings and provides a legal regime of such moratorium...

COVID-19: Expected Amendments to Labour Code
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Government of the Slovak Republic approved on 31 March 2020 further draft bills in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is also an act amending the Labour Code[1]and other particular laws in the field of employment and social security. You can find a brief summary on this amendment below...

Corona-Info: The Legislator Acts - We Summarize For You!
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

The legislator acts - Special regulations on, among other things, deferral of claims, insolvency law, tenancy law and loan agreements in Germany to come. At the end of March, the German legislator adopted special regulations in response to the COVID 19 pandemic in fast-track proceedings. The law was passed by the German parliament (Bundestag) on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and, in a special session, also by the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) on Friday, 27 March, 2020...

COVID-19 "Antivirus Programme" – Key Financial Assistance for Employers in the Czech Republic- Part I
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

Are you considering how to maintain employment of your employees and minimize economic losses? Take a look at what financial instruments the state has prepared for entrepreneurs whose employees have been affected, directly or indirectly, by government measures taken to combat coronavirus...

COVID-19 - "Antivirus Programme" - Key Financial Assistance for Employers in the Czech Republic - Part II
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

(continuation from Part I - separate article) Part II - "Antivirus Programme" - Financial Assistance to Czech Employers   The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs was mandated by the Government to further prepare a compensation program for entrepreneurs who continue to operate but whose production has decreased due to measures (category C of the Antivirus Programme)...

Recent Changes to the Legislative Framework Relating to the Emergency State
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2020

On 27th March 2020, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has posted for public consultation a draft emergency government ordinance envisaged to amend the Emergency Government Ordinance no. 1/1999 relating to the emergency state (“EGO 1/1999”). EGO 1/1999 is the basis on which the presidential decree approving the emergency state was issued on 16thMarch 2020...

Coronavirus: Impact on Works Contracts
PLMJ, April 2020

We are facing a Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and, as a result, administrative solutions have been adopted and a state of emergency has been declared. All this has had an impact on the whole of the economy and it has also had serious adverse effects on works contracts in progress...

Coronavirus: Impact on Lease Agreements and Store Use Agreements
PLMJ, April 2020

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) following the spread of SARS-CoV2 (Coronavirus) and disease it causes, Covid-19. Subsequently, on 18 March 2020, a state of emergency was declared in Portugal. Against this background, a legislative package has been approved and published, and this package has established exceptional and temporary measures relating to the spread of COVID-19...

Summary of the Statement of the European Data Protection Board on the Processing of Personal Data in the Context of the Pandemic
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, April 2020

With respect to the situation caused by the pandemic and its possible data protection impacts, please find below a summary of the statement of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, issued on 19 March 2020. The EDPB starts by emphasizing that “[d]ata protection rules (such as the GDPR) do not hinder measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic...

While Courts have Suspended Activity, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, Supreme Court of justice, in Romania, Continues its Deliberations and Determinations on Procedural Points of Law
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, March 2020

Note on how the national courts will reason upon the requests for additional evidences in appeal when the Suspension of civil procedures due to COVID-19 crisis will cease and the activity in courts will be resumed. Good news from the High Court of Romania! Even though most of the civil cases are suspendedex officiothroughout the state of emergency instated by the Decree no. 195/16.03...

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Contractual Relations
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

For all parties, the question arises at present as to what effects COVID-19 will have on existing contractual relationships – specifically, who will bear the economic burden of the pandemic. In the following is a brief overview: 1...

COVID-19: What Should Employers Take into Account During the Non-Working Week and General Self-Isolation Regime?
ALRUD Law Firm, March 2020

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation published, on its website, Recommendations (and Additions to them) for employees and employers, in connection with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 25.03.2020 No. 206 “On declaring non-working days in the Russian Federation”...

Despite the Pandemic, the National Appeal Chamber Can (and Must) Function
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

In Poland, the National Appeal Chamber upholds the effectiveness of the rules guaranteeing transparent and non-discriminatory access to public procurement contracts within the EU. Member states are required to ensure contractors the consideration of review procedures concerning the award of public contracts, as is clear from the Remedies Directive. The task of the National Appeal Chamber (KIO) is to effectively and quickly eliminate infringements in public procurement cases...

Digitalisation Against the Crisis
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Public procurement is one of the biggest driving forces of the economy. Contract performance during the epidemic may be impeded, but ongoing public procurement proceedings should not be stopped just because people are currently working mainly at home...

Cancellation Due to Pandemic: Are Passengers Entitled to Compensation?
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Since 15 March 2020, Poland has had aban on civil aircraft landing on international passenger flights. Since 16 March, domestic passenger flights have also been banned, except for flights in the public or state interest. Dopassengers whose flights have been cancelled as aresult of this ban have the right to compensation from the air carriers that were to operate those flights? Right to compensation for cancelled flights Under Art...

M&A Transactions in the Face of the Coronavirus
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

M&A deals are one of the tools for pursuing business. For some they are amethod for expanding their scale of operations or generating synergies, and for others allow them to exit investments or raise capital. Thus the turbulence now felt by businesses is impacting their activity in the M&A market. While refraining from evaluating the economic impacts of the current situation, we focus on analysing selected legal aspects...

Restrictions on Business Operations and Personal Freedoms Relevant for Business
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

In connection with the coronavirus epidemic, restrictions have been introduced on economic activity and personal freedoms which are unprecedented in the history of adoption and application of law in Poland since 1989. Even now it is evident that the coronavirus epidemic will touch on all sectors of the economy...

Performance of contracts in epidemic conditions
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Even such unusual circumstances as apandemic donot overthrow the general principle that contracts should be performed (pacta sunt servanda). But this does not mean that the current situation has no impact on the substance or performance of contractual obligations. Two main situations should be considered here: As aresult of the circumstances, performance of acontractual obligation has become impossible...

COVID-19: Legal Challenges for Pharmaceutical Companies
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

Pharmaceutical companies are meeting with numerous legal challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding Government measures. Among the most discussed topics are the legal obligations relating to availability of medicinal products, securing of medicinal products for treatment of patients with COVID-19, control over the distribution channel, clinical trials, and relations with healthcare professionals...

Data Security Matters, Even When Working from Home! – Potential Risks and Key Tips
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is determining more and more businesses to “put the lock” on their offices. This means that a large number of employees all over the world have already been forced to set their homes as comfortable as possible to ensure an appropriate work environment...

Coronavirus: Impact on Insurance
PLMJ, March 2020

The Coronavirus, COVID-19 has raised numerous important legal issues. However, one issue has assumed an even higher profile with the recent classification of the virus as a pandemic. This is the question of what claims can be made under the different insurance products on the market to cope with the losses, whether direct or indirect, that Portuguese businesses have been facing...

Coronavirus: Impact on Intellectual Property
PLMJ, March 2020

In some areas, intellectual property will experience a period of slowdown in activity, at least in the near future. We look at this in more detail below. However, this does not mean mandatory registration of industrial property will come to a halt because, with many bodies, including the Portuguese INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property), registration is done online...

Coronavirus: Impacts on Energy Licensing and the Energy Market
PLMJ, March 2020

A global public health emergency was declared by the World Health Organization on 30 January 2020 as a result of the spread of the new virus COVID-19. The virus was later classified as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As a result, it is important guard against any negative impact of the events relating to COVID-19 on ongoing energy licensing processes and on the energy market as a whole, particularly in the light of Decree-Law 172/2006 of23 August (“DL 172/2006”)...

Coronavirus: Exceptional and Temporary Measures Applicable to Court
PLMJ, March 2020

The international public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and the Portuguese authorities recently announced of a state of emergency across the country. Against this background, the authorities have been approving various packages of exceptional and temporary measures to respond to the spread of the virus...

Loans Affected by the Epidemic
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

In the new economic reality, businesses that took out loans may be asking themselves many questions. Will existing loans still be paid out? Will an expiring credit line be extended? And will the state of epidemic justify not repaying debt already incurred? COVID-19 and the related restrictions introduced overnight by country after country have shifted businesses into anew reality. Among the challenges is ensuring the continuity of bank financing and the capacity to repay existing debt...

 

 

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