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MME Memorandum on Safety and Health Measures at Work
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

As a complement to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection guide for the reduction of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the Energy and mining industry, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (“MME”) together with the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Joint Memorandum 01 of 2020 (the “Memorandum”), which includes safety and health measures required for companies in the mining-energy industry in order to carry out their activ

Circular No. 32 Issued by the Chilean IRS: Tax Treatment of Expenses Incurred due to Covid-19
Carey, May 2020

On April 29, 2020, the Chilean IRS issued instructions regarding the tax treatment of expenses incurred in connection with the health emergency caused by Covid-19. Additionally, the Tax Authority refers to the general requirements for all expenses and the tax treatment of some donations. I. Regarding the general requirements on deduction of expenses In accordance with Article 31 of the Income Tax Law, recently amended by Law No...

Modification of Decree N 466, of 1984, of the Ministry of Health, Which Approves the Regulation in the Matter of Electronic Commerce of Medicines
Carey, May 2020

On May 7, 2020, the amendment to Decree No. 466 was published in the Official Gazette, which approves the Regulation of Pharmacies, Drugstores and other pharmaceutical establishments, regarding the sale of medicines through electronic means. Particularly, article 8 of said Decree is modified, in order to allow the electronic sale of medicines in pharmacies, incorporating the following sentence: "Pharmacies may dispense medicines through electronic means...

Sernapesca Adopts New Measures to Contain the Impact of COVID-19 in the Salmon Industry
Carey, May 2020

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (“Sernapesca”) has issued a series of resolutions – N° 672/2020, N° 725/2020 and N° 805/2020– that incorporate new measures to those indicated in Resolution N° 565 dated March 16, 2020 [INSERTAR LINK] which authorized the adoption of certain measures in salmon farming centers in the context of COVID-19. (see here) Measures General Measures...

New Measures Taken by the Chilean Authority Against the Pandemic
Carey, May 2020

I. Update of sanitary measures published this week in the Official Gazette On Wednesday, May 13, Resolution No. 341 of the Ministry of Health was published, which provides for a series of sanitary measures, among which the following stand out, since they modify measures that have been implemented to date: Any concentration of more than 50 people in a certain place, regardless of its nature, or whether it takes place in open or closed spaces, is forbidden...

Amendment to New Regulation on Maritime Concessions: Inclusion of Electronic Administrative Procedure as of June 2020
Carey, May 2020

I. Background On March 4, 2020, Supreme Decree (the “SD”) Nr. 183, issued by the Ministry of National Defense, Undersecretary for the Armed Forces, was published in the Official Gazette (the “Amendment”), which amended SD Nr. 9, the New Regulation on Maritime Concessions (the “New Regulation”), which in turn substituted the previous regulation contained in SD Nr. 2 of 2005, issued by the former Undersecretary of Navy.   II...

Real Time Covid-19 - Week of May 25
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

THE MOST OUTSTANDING ADVANCES OF THE DAY (May 26) Mandatory preventive isolation is extended until May 31.As announced last week, the National Government decided to extend the mandatory isolation until May 31, 2020. This new extension contemplates the same measures and exceptions established in Decree 636 of May 6, 2020. Three days without VAT in Colombia.The National Government has decided to exclude commercial leases from VAT and reduce national consumption tax rates...

How to Close an M&A in Pandemic
Veirano Advogados, May 2020

The pandemic and government health protection measures have created a series of challenges and smart government responses to try to deal with the imposed social distance...

The Post Coronavirus Mining Potential
Beccar Varela, May 2020

This article aims to analyze the state of the Argentine mining industry, its growth potential, and briefly comment on certain situations in the current legal-regulatory system, which could be improved to accelerate its post-quarantine development. 1. The economic and mining situation in Argentina pre COVID-19 In Argentina, the pandemic has motivated the issuance of preventive and mandatory social isolation measures (the "Quarantine")...

Weekly COVID-19 Summary
Beccar Varela, May 2020

This summary draws together Beccar Varela’s reports on the coronavirus (COVID-19) legal news which may affect corporate law in Argentina. This edition brings together the reports sent between 05.02.2020 and 05.08.2020. Our COVID-19 Resource Center provides shortcuts to our circulars and links to relevant external websites. We have established a work team to coordinate attention to specific queries about how COVID-19 can affect business continuity...

Sanipes Issues Preventive Measures in Fishing and Aquaculture Inrastructures to Face COVID-19
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, May 2020

The Ministry of Production (Produce), through the National Fisheries Health Agency (Sanipes), issued a guide with preventive measures to be implemented by operators of fishing and aquaculture infrastructures during the exercise of their activities against the expansion of COVID -19...

Report of the Department of Environmental Law: Valid Certificates, Presentations, Extension of Attention to the Public
Beccar Varela, May 2020

The President of the Environmental Protection Agency of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (“APrA”), through resolution No 106/2020. ordered (i) To extend, for a period of ninety consecutive days, the validity of the certificates and the corresponding presentations to the administrative processes, whose maturities operate between March 16 and May 31, 2020...

Promotion of Technologies to Ease Interaction with Public Entities
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

Promotion of technologies to ease interaction with public entities Government establishes general guidelines for use of digital citizen services, in order to facilitate citizen interaction with public entities. The Ministry of ICT issued Decree 620 of 2020 to establish general guidelines that private (when performing administrative functions) and public entities must follow in the use and operation of digital citizen services...

Protocols for the Reactivation of the Construction Sector
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection was given the authority to determine and issue biosecurity protocols to mitigate, control, prevent the spread and properly manage the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. It is necessary to emphasize that all companies that reactivate their work must establish timely channels of communication between the employer and the worker to notify suspicious cases...

Financial Market Commission Issues Regulation Regarding the Treatment of Provisions and Information Requirements for Covid-19 Loans
Carey, May 2020

These provisions will apply until October 31th, 2021. The Financial Market Commission (CMF) reports that its Council approved on April 30th, 2020 a regulation (Circular No. 2,252), containing provisions for banks with regard to Covid-19 loans from the Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Companies (FOGAPE)...

Subsecretary of Fishing and Aquaculture Extends Plantation Terms and Provides Recommendations to Operate
Carey, May 2020

In the context of COVID-19, the Undersecretary of Fishing and Aquaculture (Subpesca) issued Resolution No. 1068 (Res. 1068), which provides the extension in a month, of the terms for sanitary rests and harvest regulated in articles 23 Ñ and 23 R of Supreme Decree No. 319/2001, Sanitary Regulation for Aquaculture, in all farming centers. Recommendations In addition, by means of Res...

New Temporary Measures Implemented by the National Institute of Industrial Property (CLPTO) due to National Pandemic Contingency for COVID-19
Carey, May 2020

On April 30, 2020, the CLPTO announced the temporary application of new measures issued in relation to deadlines, procedures and legal requirements in administrative and contentious processes, with the aim of facilitating the compliance of legal obligations by applicants and users. Previously, the CLPTO had granted ex officio, through the Exempt Resolution No...

Addendum No. 11 of the PPAA
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

Despite the fact that the fall in oil prices and the health crisis caused by COVID-19 have severely hit the hydrocarbon industry worldwide, the National Hydrocarbon Agency ("ANH") published on April 28, 2020 the Addendum No 11 through which it modified the schedule of the Permanent Area Allocation Process (“PPAA”), thus ratifying the interest of the National Government in this industry...

Biosecurity protocol for building construction
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Resolution 682 adopting the biosecurity protocol for the control and management of COVID-19 in the building construction sector. This protocol is complementary to the general biosecurity protocol adopted through Resolution 666 of 2020 and to other measures implemented by each company. This biosecurity protocol includes the following measures: 1. General biosecurity measures 2. Additional measures 2.1...

Mining Secretariat Resolution No. 15/2020 Authorization of Remote Filings, of the Electronic Document Management System Regarding the Tax Breaks Provided by the Mining Investment Law on the Import of Equipment and Supplies for Mining
Beccar Varela, May 2020

The purpose of Resolution No. 15/2020 is to implement the remote filing related to the tax break provided by the Mining Investment Law No. 24.196 (“LIM”) regarding the import of equipment and supplies for mining. It is necessary to bear in mind that Resolutions No...

Report of the Department of Privacy and Protection of Personal Data - Communication from the Agency for Access to Public Information on "Protection of Personal Data and Geolocation"
Beccar Varela, May 2020

On April 29, the Agency for Access to Public Information (the "AAIP") issued a statement through its website informing how personal data should be treated for the use of geolocation tools, especially before the health emergency caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) In this sense, the AAIP communicates that Law No...

Communication from the Agency for Access to Public Information on "Protection of Personal Data and Geolocation"
Beccar Varela, May 2020

  On April 29, 2020, the Agency for Access to Public Information (the “AAIP”, by its Spanish acronym) issued a statement through its website informing how personal data should be processed in the use of geolocation tools, especially in the context of the health emergency due to the COVID-19. In this connection, the AAIP communicates that the Personal Data Protection Law No...

Argentina: The Life Sciences Law Review - Edition 8
Beccar Varela, April 2020

The pharmaceutical industry continues to be a highly regulated sector that has a very important presence in Argentina. Its financial results are highly affected by the influence of agreements entered into with social security organizations – mainly the social security organization that covers retired people – and private health insurance companies...

External Circular No. 100-00008 of the Superintendence of Corporations
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The new deadlines for the submission of financial statements are as follows: 1...

New Biosecurity Protocols for Specific Industries
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Resolutions 677, 679 and 681 adopting the biosecurity protocols for the control and management of COVID-19 risk in the transportation, transportation infrastructure and games of luck and chance sectors. These protocols are complementary to the general biosecurity protocol adopted through Resolution 666 of 2020 and to other measures implemented by corresponding companies...



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