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Compensation Bonus for Certain Shareholders in Limited Liability Companies (Update 03)
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

On 2 June 2020 an amendment to the Compensation Bonus Act was published in the collection of laws, thanks to which, in addition to self-employed persons, some shareholder/members in limited liability companies will also receive this support. Financial offices should commence paying out the bonus to shareholders on the basis of submitted applications no later than 3 June 2020, i.e. the date of effectiveness of the legislative amendment...

Lex Voucher for Culture - An Alternative to Refunds for Cancelled Cultural Events
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

On 19 May 2020, an Act On certain measures to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus epidemic known as SARS CoV-2 on cultural events (Act No 247/2020 Coll, the “Act” ), entered into force. Not only for the field of tourism, but also for the field of culture, the possibility of the organizer to issue a voucher for a cultural event instead of refunding the entrance ticket fee was introduced...

CEPA: Amendments to Agreement on Trade in Services Became Effective on 1 June 2020
Deacons, June 2020

The Amendments to the Agreement on Trade in Services of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Amendment) which was signed on 21 November 2019 has come into force on 1 June 2020. Trade in Services is one of the four major areas covered by the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), under which Hong Kong service suppliers enjoy preferential treatment when entering certain service sectors in the Mainland...

Recent Measures Implemented in Abu Dhabi in Response to COVID-19
Afridi & Angell, June 2020

On 30 May 2020, the Abu Dhabi Media Office posted through Twitter that the Department of Government Support has eased restrictions on some activities and issued a set of guidelines for working from and visiting government entities in Abu Dhabi. The guidelines below come into effect from today, 1 June 2020, and are limited to individuals between the ages of 12 and 60...

Cram Down Financings in the Era of Covid-19
Afridi & Angell, June 2020

We are in unprecedented times. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to wreak havoc on countries, people and economies. The effects of the pandemic are evident now. For example, the US unemployment rate is presently at 14.7%. In the peak of the financial crisis of 2008, the unemployment rate was 10%...

Overseas Investment: Covid-19 - What Kind of State Are You In?
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2020

States’ responses to the global pandemic may, however well-intended, harm the interests of inward investors. Under international public law, those investors have rights and so a spate of investor-State arbitral claims may well be a legacy of the pandemic. Across the world, governments have responded to Covid-19 by introducing emergency measures, which have inhibited social interaction and hampered economic activity...

Foreign Investment Review - A Warning in the Time of COVID-19
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

The Canadian government, concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on corporate valuations, has issued guidance that it will pay particular attention to foreign direct investments of any value (meaning, even investments that are not subject to review under the Investment Canada Act (the “ICA”)).  The government’s announcement does not amend the ICA, nor any thresholds for review...

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...

Anti-BEPS Package Law of Ukraine: Key Takeaways
Asters, May 2020

Following the global trend for tax transparency and fighting harmful tax practices, Ukraine finally adopted its ownanti-BEPS package law, known by businesses and tax practitioners as "tax bill 1210". Asters selected the key takeaways for businesses operating across the borders. The law is in effect starting from 23 May 2020 with some provisions taking effect later. I...

Post-Covid, Foreign Investment Rules Tighten
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

The last two years have seen an expansion of regulations related to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), both in the United States and abroad. COVID-19 is driving further expansion of FDI in the U.S. and elsewhere. Owners and investors need to know — expansion of regulations gaps closed in national security reviews new inclusion of medical supplies and food non-controlling investments also scrutinized Whether by intent or coincidence, the U.S...

Revised Measures in Response to COVID-19: Sterilisation and Opening Timings and an Updated List of Violations and Fines
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

On 18 May 2020, the UAE government announced the following timings with effect from today, 20 May 2020: the National Disinfection Programme will take place between 08:00pm (not 10:00pm) to 06:00am the following day. working hours of butchers, mills and cafes will be from 06:00am to 08:00pm. commercial centres and malls will be open from 09:00am to 07:00pm (with new opening hours to be announced after the upcoming Eid...

Vietnam Legal Update: Notification Guidelines Released
DFDL, May 2020

The Vietnam Competition and Consumer Authority has released several documents related to the merger notification regime that was effectively implemented on 15 May 2020, the effective date of Decree 35. As the National Competition Committee has not yet been appointed, the documents clarify that, in accordance with its responsibility under Article 7...

The ADGM Companies Regulations 2020
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

The Abu Dhabi Global Market has announced amendments to its Companies Regulations. The Companies Regulations 2020 (2020 Regulations) repeal the Companies Regulations 2015 (as amended). We have summarised below the key changes under the 2020 Regulations.Companies Regulations 2020 Effect of amendmentSection 3One of the ways in which a restricted scope company can be incorporated is if the founding members are a group of people who are from the same family (as approved by the Registrar)...

DMCC Employment Guidelines during the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Period
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

The DMCC Authority recently passed DMCC Guidelines 1 of 2020 (DMCC Guidelines) setting out what actions DMCC employers can take with respect to their employees during the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Period. DMCC entities can: • Request employees to work remotely and implement means to monitor them (without infringing their privacy). Working remotely does not however apply to key employees working in Vital Industries...

Compensation Bonus for Certain Shareholders in Limited Liability Companies - Covid-19
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

On Monday, 4 May 2020, the government submitted an amendment to the Compensation Bonus Act to the Chamber of Deputies. The amendment should support, in addition to self-employed individuals (sole proprietors), certain shareholders in limited liability companies. This article provides details on the requirements, forms of application, and the amount of compensation...

Czech Government Approves the Abolition of Real Estate Acquisition Tax UPDATE
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

At its meeting on April 30, 2020, the government approved the abolition of the 4% real estate acquisition tax and related changes in the Income Tax Act. The content of the proposal of the Ministry of Finance is described below. However, there are likely to be some adjustments to this wording as a result of the coalition agreement. According to the media, the change should concern the maintenance of the tax deduction of interest on real estate acquired until the end of 2021...

Update: Current Business Trips to the Czech Republic during Covid-19 - Under what Conditions?
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

The government has started to announce the dismantling of certain Covid19 measures and from Monday, April 27, 2020, it now allows business trips for foreigners to the Czech Republic, in respect of which business people were mounting pressure therefore. However, it set out a number of conditions and rules, which are further modified. The original Government Crisis Measure No. 443 was repealed on 1 May 2020 and replaced by Government Crisis Measure No. 495...

European Commission Guidelines on Mobile Applications to Combat COVID-19
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

The European Commission recently issued guidelines on mobile applications supporting the fight against COVID-19 in relation to data protection. Mobile applications commonly installed on smartphones can act as a support mechanism for health authorities at the national and EU level in monitoring and managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are particularly important in easing measures to reduce the spread of the disease...

Covid-19 Measures:Price Moratorium on Rent from Apartments - Rents Cannot be Increased!
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

Price moratorium on rent from apartments - rents cannot be increased! On 24 April 2020, a moratorium on rental prices of apartments, issued by the Ministry of Finance (“MF”) came into force, which was adopted in the form of Government Decree No. 202/2020 Coll. This is a protective measure for tenants, which stipulates that the rent for an apartment cannot be increased for a limited period of time. This price moratorium is related also to Act No. 209/2020 Coll...

Czech State of Emergency to Continue until 17 May 2020.
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

The state of emergency in the Czech Republic was extended until May 17, 2020. What does this mean?   At its meeting held on 28 April 2020, the Chamber of Deputies decided to extend the state of emergency until 17 May 2020. By Resolution No. 194 (published in the Collection of Laws under No...

Urgent Overseas Investment Law Changes Announced in Response to COVID-19
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2020

The New Zealand Government has announced that it is further amending the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (Act) in order to protect key New Zealand assets as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic...

New EU Rules to Protect Strategic Companies
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, May 2020

“We continue to work closely with Member States to ensure that European businesses have access to urgently needed liquidity”, said the vice-president of the European Commission (“Commission”) Margrethe Vestager in connection with the amendment to the Temporary Framework on State aid adopted on 8 May 2020...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [7 May 2020]
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

Below is a summary of key new measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 30 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 12:00 noon on Thursday, 7 May 2020.   I. Economic Relief Measures A...

Cross-Border Tax-Related COVID-19 Relief
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 21, 2020, the IRS released a much-awaited package of guidance in the cross-border tax space that provides relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance relates to (1) day-counting for both tax residency purposes and certain treaty positions, (2) the ability of taxpayers to claim the foreign-earned income exclusion, and (3) carrying on a U.S. trade or business...

COVID-19: The European Commission issues Guidance on the use of the FDI Screening Regulation
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, May 2020

The Commission has for some time now been focusing on acquisitions of EU companies active in critical industries, especially those that are State-owned, by non-EU companies. In order to control them, it has adopted a foreign direct investment (“FDI”) screening coordination mechanism by virtue of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 (“FDI Screening Regulation”)...

 

 

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