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Venezuelan Legal Context: Oil, Gas and Mining
LEGA Abogados, April 2021

We would like to present our publication entitled "Venezuelan Legal Context: Oil, Gas and Mining".  In it you will find 6 papers prepared by members of LEGA's Energy and Natural Resources practice area. With these papers we wish to contribute to the discussion of key aspects related to energy and natural resources issues in Venezuela...

Extension of the Brazilian PTO Project to Eliminate its Patent Backlog
Veirano Advogados, April 2021

The INPI (Brazilian PTO) published Ordinance/INPI/PR No. 21, of March 26, 2021, which extends the Backlog Combat Project aiming at reducing the number of invention patent applications pending decision. The ordinance came into force on April 1st, 2021, and targets patent applications filed between Jan. 1st, 2017 and Dec. 31st, 2017...

Law No. 14,132/2021 Typifies New Crime of Obsessive Persecution (“Stalking”)
Veirano Advogados, April 2021

On March 31, 2021 Law no. 14,132/2021 was passed to include the crime of obsessive persecution ("stalking") in the Brazilian Penal Code, in the chapter of Crimes Against Personal Freedom, article 147-A. The new law abrogates the misdemeanor of harassment or disturbance of tranquility, until now invoked to punish stalking behavior...

Colombia Updates the Customs Regime
Brigard Urrutia, April 2021

The National Government issued Decree 360 of 2021 that modifies the customs regime contained in Decree 265 of 2019, in order to provide legal security to foreign trade users by specifying the substantial and formal obligations that must be met in the customs procedures and regimes. In addition, it temporarily modified the obligation regarding the minimum amount of liquid assets required of customs agencies...

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...

Chile Announces Stricter Quarantine Measures due to New Wave of Covid-19
Carey, April 2021

The Chilean Ministry of Health, through a press conference, announced on Thursday, April 1 st , that the following measures will be implemented as of Monday April 5 th : The country's borders will be closed during the mont

INAPI Issues New Filing and Payment Instructions for Renewal of Trademarks
Carey, March 2021

On March 17th, 2021, through the publication of General Ruling No. 96/2021 in the Official Gazette, the National Institute of Industrial Property (“INAPI”) provided new instructions in relation to the filing and payment of renewal applications of trademark registrations in Chile, applying the regulations set forth in the Trademark Law Treaty (“TLT”), which was ratified by Chile and is in force since 2012. By virtue of General Ruling No...

FMC Opens Public Consultation Process Regarding Two Amendments to its Regulation on Financial System Debtors
Carey, March 2021

On March 18, 2021, the Financial Market Commission (“FMC”) opened a public consultation process regarding 2 regulations: Amendment to the files that configure the report of financial system debtors The proposed regulatory changes, applicable to banks, supervised cooperatives and bank support companies (sociedades de apoyo al giro), aim to reduce the frequency of the delivery of the files D10 (Information on debtors article 14 LGB (General Banking Act)) and D27 (Obligations

Government Announces a Social Protection Network Strengthening
Carey, March 2021

On March 22, 2021, through a televised address, the President of the Republic announced the strengthening and extension of the Social Protection Network, destined to mitigate the adverse effects caused by the restrictions due to the COVID-19. These measures are based on 5 pillars: • Greater protection to the families’ incomes. • Strengthening of the middle-class support. • Greater job protection...

New Regulation on Conditions for the Treatment and Disposal of Wastes from Aquaculture Activities
Carey, March 2021

On March 16, 2021, Decree No. 64 / 2020 of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, was published in the Official Gazette, approving the Regulation that establishes conditions for the treatment and final disposal of wastes from aquaculture activities (the "Regulation")...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, March 2021

Beginning of Stage 2 of the National Vaccination Plan The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Minsiterio de Salud y Protección Social) declared the initiation of stage 2 of the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 for the population between 60 and 79 years of age. This does not mean that vaccination for those over 80 years of age will be stopped; these people will continue to be vaccinated without any interruption...

Investment opportunity: New competitive free trade zone regime
Brigard Urrutia, March 2021

Colombia updated its free trade zones regime to increase the competitivity of this investment opportunity. Among others, it now allows three new activities for free trade zones, introduces the creation of a concertation committee to discuss key topics between the Government and the private sector, and it simplified procedures to declare a free trade zone. Decree 278 of 2021 was introduced as a tool towards innovation in the free trade zone regime...

Daily Report: Main Legal News on Areas and Industries Covered by our Practice
Beccar Varela, March 2021

Competition & Antitrust Resolution No. 237/2021 of the Secretariat of Commerce: New prices information regime for companies (SIPRE) By Agustín Waisman and Mercedes Pando Through Resolution No...

Ministry of Health & Social Protection Issued Resolution to Update the General Biosecurity Measures Set for COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, March 2021

On February 25, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Resolution 223 of 2021 (the “Resolution”) to update the general biosecurity measures set for the management of Covid-19 in Colombia. The main novelties included in this regulation are mentioned below: 1.    Scope The Resolution extended the scope of the general biosecurity measures to all "social and economic activities carried out by individuals"...

Modifications to Instructions for the Obtention of Permits for Movement
Carey, March 2021

A new version of the Instructions for the obtention of permits for movement within zones under quarantines or restrictive measures is in force as of March 15. The most relevant amendments to the former version are the following: Regarding the “Temporary Individual Permit for traveling to polling stations”, a new “permit for voting in the national, regional or local elections” is created...

SERNAC Modifies Interpretative Circular Regarding the Notification of Breaches to Financial Portability Regulation
Carey, March 2021

On March 11th, 2021, the National Consumer Service (hereinafter “ SERNAC ”) published a new interpretative circular which sets rules for the notification of breaches regarding financial portability and other monitoring data (the “ Circular ”). The Circular revokes SERNAC's Exempt Resolution No...

Decree that Sets Goals and Obligations to Plastic Containers and Packaging in Chile is Published
Carey, March 2021

On March 16, 2021, Supreme Decree No. 12/2020 of the Ministry of the Environment was published in the Official Gazzette, setting forth collection and recovery goals and other associated obligations related to containers and packaging, in the context of Law 20,920, on Extended Producer Responsibility ...

Government Announces Extension of Labor Benefits Implemented Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Carey, March 2021

On March 8th, 2021, the government announced that, due to the current status of the Covid-19 pandemic in Chile, it was decided to extend the enforcement of the benefits and entitlements of the employment protection law, protected parenting law and law that temporarily amends the requirements to access to the unemployment insurance. Additionally, the coverage and amounts of the benefits of the Employment Subsidy will be increased...

Plenary of the Court of Appeals of Santiago Agrees on Instructions for the Use of Technological Tools in Notarial Functions
Carey, March 2021

On February 23, 2021, the Plenary of the Court of Appeals of Santiago agreed to establish a regulation that favors the use of telematic systems and information technology in the various functions performed by notaries, providing instructions for: The use of advanced electronic signature (FEA) by the notary publics (notarios públicos). The authorization of signatures stamped on private instruments, by telematic means...

Citizen Consultation Process on Amendment to the Regulations on Tailings Dams
Carey, March 2021

On March 4, 2021, Exempt Resolution No. 625 of the Ministry of Mining (“Res. No. 625”) was published in the Official Gazette. Res. No. 265 sets forth a citizen consultation process on the proposal to amend Supreme Decree No. 248 of 2007, which approved the Regulations on the Approval of Projects of Design, Construction, Operation and Closure of Tailings Dams (the “Regulations”)...

Life Sciences & Healthcare January/2021
Veirano Advogados, March 2021

CRIMINAL Counterfeit VaccinesBy Andre Augusto Mendes Machado and Mariana Murad Leiva Counterfeiting vaccines may lead to criminal liability, usually for the crime foreseen in article 273 of the Brazilian Penal Code, that punishes with imprisonment from 10 to 15 years in addition to the payment of a fine the acts of "falsifying, corrupting, adulterating or modifying products intended for therapeutic or medicinal purposes"...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, March 2021

Norms are issued for individual selective isolation with responsible distancing. The National Government issued a new decree to regulate selective distancing, individual responsibility and economic reactivation that will govern until May 2021...

Commission for the Financial Market Issues Regulation which Exempts Certain Public Offerings of Securities of the Obligation of Registration
Carey, February 2021

In accordance with the provisions of paragraphs 2 and 3 of article 4 of Law No...

Supply Tender 2021/01: New Public Tender for the Supply of Energy and Power to Supply the Consumption for Regulated Clients is Launched
Carey, February 2021

Regarding the Public Tender Process for the supply of energy and power to distribution companies that will take place this year (“2021/01 Tender Process”), please consider the following: On December 21, 2020, the National Energy Commission (CNE) approved the definitive Tender Rules for this process (the "Rules"), by means of the Exempt Resolution No. 478...

Can Workers be Required to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
LEGA Abogados, February 2021

As of March 11, 2020, the date on which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, States have taken various measures such as social distancing, restriction of free movement, the closure of borders, among others, which have undoubtedly had a decisive impact on people in general, and especially on workers and employers...



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