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Let’s (not) twist again
ENSafrica, October 2017

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) has handed down an important trade mark judgment. The case of PepsiCo Inc v Atlantic Industries deals with the issues of distinctiveness and likelihood of confusion, with a special emphasis on sub-brands. There are a lot of important points in this short judgment, so I am going to quote liberally.The facts: PepsiCo applied to register the trade mark Pepsi Twist (with and without a device) for soft drinks...

Opportunities in Dubai's Healthcare Sector
Afridi & Angell, October 2017

Dubai is the fastest growing healthcare market within the GCC and is becoming an increasingly attractive sector for investors. In this inBrief article we explain the key drivers behind this growth and set out the options available to investors wishing to enter the Dubai healthcare market...

ASA’s jurisdiction regarding non-members finally settled
ENSafrica, October 2017

The issue of the jurisdiction of the South African Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) to determine matters involving individuals and companies that don’t belong to the body has now been resolved by an agreement that has been made an order of the Supreme Court of Appeal in the case of Advertising Standards Authority v Herbex (Pty) Ltd...

Bidding Qualifications for Taiwan's Mega Infrastructure Program (Part II)
LCS & Partners, October 2017

Are bidders required to partner with a Taiwan company to participate in the bidding process? Foreign companies may participate in the bidding process on their own, so long as they meet the bidding qualifications. Most public engineering projects permit either bidding by a single company or by a joint bid. So long as a company is able to meet the qualifications for the procurement project, it may submit a bid on its own...

Trade marks in China: a New Balance
ENSafrica, October 2017

There was a time when companies were sceptical about IP protection in China, with the general impression being that the law was heavily weighted in favour of local companies, some of whom seemed to make a habit of hijacking foreign brands. But things have changed considerably over the past few years, and a recent trade mark development should further persuade African businesses that their IP rights, and particularly their trade marks, will be properly protected in China...

Tenth Circuit Dismisses Litigation Over Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

Earlier this year, the Tenth Circuit dismissed two appeals in connection with the Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM”) Final Rule implementing its regulations imposing new standards and obligations on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands (“Fracking Rule”). The appeals had been filed challenging the district court’s prior ruling that struck down the rule in the face of industry, state, and tribal challenges...

VAT and Excise Tax
Afridi & Angell, October 2017

The UAE has issued substantive law on Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Tax. Federal decree law No.8 of 2017 deals with VAT. The imposition of VAT will commence in the UAE from 1 January 2018 at a rate of 5%. The VAT law provides a framework for implementation of VAT in the UAE...

SEC Issues Additional CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Guidance, Affording Companies More Flexibility to Reduce Compliance Costs
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued new guidance on compliance with pay ratio disclosure requirements, including an SEC release (“Interpretative Release”), commentary from the SEC staff in question and answer format (“Q&A”) and updated Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”)...

Instances Whereby Transfer of Funds to Foreign Residents will be Exempt
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., September 2017

The Israeli Tax Authority ("ITA"), published a list of instances whereby transfer of funds, through banking corporations, to foreign residents will be exempt from tax withholding...

SEC Announces New Cyber and Retail Investor Initiatives
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

After weeks of headlines dominated by Equifax’s cyber breach affecting 143 million consumers and the breach of the SEC’s own EDGAR system, the SEC recently announced the creation of (i) a Cyber Unit to target cyber-related misconduct and (ii) a Retail Strategy Task Force to strengthen its protection of retail investors...

FSB victory in market abuse case
ENSafrica, September 2017

The Supreme Court of Appeal handed down judgment today, 28 September 2017, in the matter of Pather v Financial Services Board.  The decision concerns a challenge to the jurisdiction of the Enforcement Committee of the Financial Services Board (“FSB”) to deal with market abuse, specifically in this case publishing false statements that resulted in an overstatement of the performance of their company...

Summary of Updates and Highlights in the Mexican Energy Sector, July-August 2017
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

As part of the implementation of the Mexican energy reform of 2013, several new regulations and administrative guidelines affecting the hydrocarbons and power industries were issued during July-August 2017. These are of particular importance to oil and gas producers, midstream companies and power generators, traders and others looking to invest or expand operations in Mexico’s dynamic energy sector...

A Legal Obligation to Monitor your Social Media Pages?
ENSafrica, September 2017

Many of us are aware of the popular myth that ostriches believe burying their heads in the sand will make them invisible to predators. In other words, an “if I can’t see you, you can’t see me” approach. Even though scientists will tell you that this is not true, the approach seems to bear a resemblance to the online behaviour of some humans...

Changing How Products Get From the Manufacturer to the Customer: Common Questions and Risks
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

  It starts with the best of intentions: A startup medical device company has just sold to a larger enterprise with an established sales team and customer base and no longer needs distributors. A consumer packaged goods company has just bought a brand and needs to transition to a new team of brokers. A growing company is finally ready to take its supply chain captive, including the distribution of products to customers, and no longer needs small distributors or sales representatives...

Appointment and duties of an information officer in terms of South Africa’s POPI draft regulations
ENSafrica, September 2017

he office of the South African Information Regulator recently published its first draft regulations in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPI”), entitled “Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information, 2017”. The draft regulations are open for public comment until 7 November 2017...

Title Insurance in India: An Opportunity Awaits
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, September 2017

Under RERA, the promoter of a real estate project is obliged to obtain the requisite insurance policies required to secure the development of project and insurances as may be notified by the government. The lack of transparency and uniformity in the Indian real estate market has done little to entice insurance companies from tapping into lucrative land deals and developing insurance products for the real estate sector...

The Food Fight: Winning Strategies for a Dynamic Industry
Stout, September 2017

The food and beverage industry is undergoing rapid change. Consumer tastes and shopping habits are evolving in dramatic fashion, and the battle for relevance is intense. In the wake of the recent acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon, a large group of food-focused finance and law professionals gathered in Chicago to assess the state of the industry. Gian Ricco, a Director in Stout’s Investment Banking group, was a featured panelist at the event hosted by OPUS Connect...

The Health Industry is like the Cook School: Always Process the Commodities Properly
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2017

Norway has biobanks and health registers that from a world perspective are practically unique. We frequently use metaphors like "silver heirlooms" and "the new oil". The test nevertheless consists in whether the Norwegian research environments are successful in commercializing their research, and the commodities require a correct processing. The Lifandis StoryLifandis AS (former Hunt Biosciences) managed Norway's most valuable biobank and its data; the so-called HUNT collection...

Changes in legislation on foreign investments in strategic companies of the Russian Federation
ALRUD Law Firm, September 2017

September 22, 2017 Dear Madam or Sir, We hereby inform you that recently Federal Law dated 01.07.2017 No. 155-FZ (“155-FZ”) and Federal Law dated 18.07.2017 No. 165-FZ (“165-FZ”) have been adopted and became effective, introducing significant amendments to Federal Law dated 29.04.2008 No...

Confirmation of the end of the VAT exemption regime for financial IGPs
Arendt & Medernach, September 2017

Following the Luxembourg case C-274/15, the series of cases relating to the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption also referred to as “Independent Group of Persons” (“IGP”) continues with the release today of three judgements by the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJUE”): Aviva (C-605/15), DNB Banka (C-326/15) and European Commission v Federal Republic of Germany (C-616/15)...

Technology and Its Discontents
Wardynski & Partners, September 2017

Any new technology that gains universal application changes the existing world. The reconfiguration occurs imperceptibly but thoroughly. But in this new reality, how should the rule of law, values essential to the civil society and human rights be protected? A new economic reality functioning in cyberspace has arisen before our very eyes. Human activity, both positive and negative, is moving to the virtual arena that functions above and beyond state borders...

Current trends in court practice on discrimination claims in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, September 2017

Irina Anyukhina, ALRUD Partner, heading Labour and Employment practice, prepared an article for September issue of “Discrimination and Equality Law News”, published by International Bar Association Legal Practice Division. In the article, Irina describes current trends in court practice on discrimination claims in Russia...

The countdown begins for retirement funds to comply with the final Default Regulations
ENSafrica, September 2017

The final Default Regulations, issued in terms of section 36 of the Pension Funds Act, 1956, were recently issued by the South African Minister of Finance. They aim to provide retirement funds with greater discretion and flexibility in relation to their default investment portfolios and annuity strategies. To comply with the regulations, many funds will need to amend their rules and investment policy statement...

Abuse of Dominance: Important Clarifications by the European Court of Justice
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2017

The European Court of Justice makes important clarifications relevant for dominant firms'' pricing and rebate policies in its recent Intel-judgment Introduction In recent months, the European Court of Justice (''ECJ'') delivered its long awaited judgment in the Intel appeal case. The judgment sets aside the ruling by the General Court and refers the matter back to that court...

Unintended consequences of the new CFC rules
ENSafrica, September 2017

In the 2017 South African Budget speech, the Minister of Finance raised government’s concern that the current Controlled Foreign Company (“CFC”) rules do not capture foreign companies held by interposed trusts or foundations, and it was announced that countermeasures for the treatment of foreign companies held by trusts or foundations will be considered...

The Untapped Potential of South Eastern Europe
Karanovic & Nikolic, September 2017

We have seen emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe opening up and developing quite quickly. Some of them have done so through their ascension to the European Union and others by organising their legislation in accordance with European standards, opening up borders, having foreign investors come in, as well as putting in place free trade agreements and investment incentives. Of course, transitional economies traditionally have a lot to offer to foreign investors...

The income tax implications of a return of capital
ENSafrica, September 2017

In terms of the South African Income Tax Act, 1962 (the “Act”), distributions received by or accrued to a shareholder of a company may constitute either a dividend or a return of capital – each of which would give rise to different tax implications for the shareholder or company concerned...

"Will Growth Consolidation Lead Residential Addiction Treatment Industry to Police Itself in Terms of Ethics & Marketing" by Colbey Reagan Nashville Medical News
Waller, September 2017

At this year’s annual meeting of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers in Austin, there was a clear divide on display between the “old school” and the “new school” during a session on electronic marketing strategies. The number of residential addiction treatment providers operating in the United States has exploded since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010...

South African merger filing fees and intermediate merger thresholds to increase from 1 October
ENSafrica, September 2017

On 15 September 2017, the South African Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, published Government Notices no. 1003 and 1005, which announced increases to the intermediate merger thresholds and merger filing fees. These increases will be effective from 1 October 2017...

Court of Appeals Judgment could have Fundamental Impact on Europe's Bedrock Gas Supplier
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2017

Earlier this year the Borgarting Court of Appeal rendered its judgment in Gassled, a case of major importance for the upstream Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) industry, natural gas buyers in Europe; and the Norwegian government, as resource owner and NCS regulator. If the judgment becomes final and binding, it will benefit the European gas supply. However, it may be a rude awakening for institutional investors in NCS infrastructure...

Practical Benchmarks Regarding the Recognition and Enforcement in Romania of Court and Arbitral Judgments Rendered in Foreign Jurisdictions
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, September 2017

In a world that is becoming increasingly globalized, the law serves as a powerful tool in improving economic and social conditions. In such a world, trans-border judicial proceedings, or, as legal scholars call it, "legal disputes with extraneous elements" demand a certain consistency and predictability...

BIVA – The New Mexican Stock Exchange
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

On August 29, 2017, the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público) grantedCentral de Corretajes(“CENCOR”) a new concession to operate a new stock exchange in Mexico. This new stock exchange will be calledBolsa Institucional de Valores(“BIVA”). It is anticipated that BIVA will initiate operations in early 2018...

New Ministerial Decision brings clarity to Private Joint Stock Companies
Afridi & Angell, September 2017

The private joint stock company is one of the forms of company contemplated by UAE Federal Law No. 2 of 2015 concerning commercial companies (the Companies Law). The UAE Federal Ministry of Economy has now promulgated Ministerial Decision No. 539 of 2017 (the Ministerial Decision) which was issued on 29 May 2017 and is now in force, and expressly abrogates Ministerial Decision No...

New Uganda Insurance Act to overhaul industry
ENSafrica, September 2017

The Insurance Act, 2017 (the “Act”) has recently been enacted to reform the law governing insurance in Uganda. The purpose of the Act is to bring Uganda’s insurance law in line with the Insurance Core Principles (“ICPs”) developed by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and the Financial Action Task Force recommendations on combating money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism...

Guidelines on Related Party Transactions for Insurers in the Philippines
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2017

The July 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes a Philippine regional update by SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan and associate Jo Margarette W. Remollo entitled, “Guidelines on Related Party Transactions for Insurers in the Philippines”. The article summarizes the Insurance Commission’s compliance guidelines on related party transactions, as set out in Insurance Circular Letter No. 2017-29...

The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2018 - Israel: Overview
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., September 2017

 The Restrictive Trade Practices Law, 5748-1988 (the Law) is the primary law dealing with antitrust issues in Israel and its objective is to prevent harm to competition or the public. The Law contains the substantive rules that apply to the various restrictive trade practices (restrictive arrangements; mergers; monopolies; concerted groups)...

Draft South African protection of personal information regulations have arrived
ENSafrica, September 2017

The long-awaited draft South African Regulations Relating to the Protection of Personal Information, 2017 (the “draft Regulations”) were published today, 8 September 2017. Direct marketers have been speculating for years about the manner and form that the regulations will take under section 69(2) of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPI”)...

Hurricane Harvey: Checklist for Corporate Insurance Claims
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

In the days following Hurricane Harvey, tremendous attention has been appropriately placed on individual safety and rescue for the millions affected by the storm’s devastating winds and catastrophic flooding. Now the immediate emphasis for many corporate policyholders has turned to the practical challenge of repairing damaged property and restoring business operations suspended by the storm...

Asia Business Law Journal: "Build or Bust?"
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2017

In its flagship report entitled Global Economic Prospects released in January, the World Bank observed: “The Philippines is particularly weak with regard to transport and trade-related infrastructure … with particularly low rankings for the quality of its seaports and airports. About one-quarter of the population remains without electricity.” Yet growth in the Philippines is projected to accelerate to 6...

Mexican Ministry of the Environment Publishes Guidelines for Protection and Conservation of Waters in Unconventional Blocks
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

The Ministry of Energy has announced that before the end of the Peña Nieto Administration on December, 2018, the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) will call the fifth bid of Round 2 (commonly known as Bid 2.5) for the award of exploration and production contracts for onshore blocks, which will include unconventional or shale blocks...

Bidding Qualifications for Taiwan's Mega Infrastructure Program (Part I)
LCS & Partners, September 2017

After getting the knowledge of GPA Model and PPP Model, the bidders need to know how to make preparation during the pre-bid stage. Following are the responses to some most frequently asked questions regarding bidding qualifications, based on which the foreign bidders can make its preparation plan...

Force Majeure in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

As Hurricane Harvey continues to cause far-reaching disruptions, it is important to understand how to effectively assert or respond to assertions of force majeure. This summary outlines the steps to take to assert force majeure, and initial considerations for those who have received several notices of force majeure from counterparties...

Grey market goods – a crime?
ENSafrica, September 2017

The terms “exhaustion of rights”, “parallel imports” and “grey market goods” come up a lot in the world of trade marks. They generally arise in relation to the fact that a company that has authorised the manufacture and sale of goods under its trade mark can’t use trade mark law to stop the sale of those goods by parties with whom it may have no relationship. This issue tends to come up in the context of international trade...

Preparing for Hurricane Irma: Insurance May Help Weather the Storm
Hunton & Williams LLP, September 2017

Types of Weather-Related Losses for Which Insurance May Be Available Different businesses are affected differently by the same storm, and even the same physical damage. For instance, a physical loss to a part supplier caused by flooding or a lost roof might impact that business as a physical property loss and as a consequential loss of business income. That same event might also indirectly impact a product manufacturer that relies on the part supplier for components to its product...

Mozambique: beware of trade mark registration cancellations due to overdue declarations
ENSafrica, September 2017

Owners of trade marks in Mozambique should take heed of recent developments in IP rights in the country. While the code governing IP rights in Mozambique does not specifically provide for the cancellation of a trade mark based on non-use, it does require that the proprietor of a registered trade mark file a declaration of intent to use the mark every five years from the date of registation or renewal...

Amendments to the Mexican Securities Markets Regulations
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

On August 11, 2017, the Mexican Securities and Exchange Commission (Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores, the “CNBV”) published amendments to the Mexican Securities Markets Regulations. The amendments cover a number of topics, including: 1. Changes to Disclosures by Issuers...

Trade mark owners: making “tits” of themselves
ENSafrica, September 2017

If we keep writing about it, it’s because it keeps happening. I refer here to trade mark infringement claims that make the news for all the wrong reasons – claims that attract shock and ridicule and evoke support for the person who’s supposed to be the “bad guy”. Interestingly, one of the common terms used by trade mark owners who make these claims is “tarnishment”...

Export Development Canada's "First 5 Calls: Philippines"
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2017

From a regulatory and legal point of view, what do Canadian companies need to know about doing business here? The Philippines is a party to several treaties, including a tax treaty that applies to Canadian suppliers that want to sell goods to the Philippines. There are special laws for investors depending on the type of activity they plan to engage in. Manufacturers and companies in the renewable energy sector could be entitled to tax incentives...

An online store called Glamazon
ENSafrica, September 2017

There’s an interesting trade mark case brewing in Australia, one that has some useful trade mark lessons.Online retail giant Amazon is opposing a trade mark application filed in 2015 by an Australian clothing retailer, Live Clothing, to register the trade mark Glamazon for retail services, including those relating to clothing. On the face of it, this case looks like an absolute “slam-dunk” for Amazon. This case is, however, far from clear...

Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Procedural Requirements of Proposition 218 to Revenue Measures Adopted by Initiative
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2017

  On August 28, 2017, the California Supreme Court issued a 5-2 split decision in California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland, S234148. The Court held that a revenue measure proposed by citizen initiative is not “imposed by local government," and does not trigger the procedural limitations of Article XIII C of the California Constitution,[1] as a result...

 

 

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