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Han Kun Law Offices | February 2024

On 24 January 2024, to deepen the opening-up of the bond market and further facilitate the liquidity management of overseas institutional investors, the People's Bank of China ("PBOC") and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange published theAnnouncement on Further Supporting Overseas Institutional Investors Engaging in Bond Repurchase Business in the China Interbank Bond Market(draft for comments) (the "Announcement") (《关于进一步支持境外机构投资者开展银行间债券市场债券回购业务的公告(征求意见稿)》) to solicit public opinion ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

The recent decision to permit 45 million competition law claimants to claim against Meta has thrown fresh focus on the real risks posed to organisations after data breaches. Here, we discuss recent trends and make some predictions. Following the news that up to 45 million claimants under competition law have been given the go-ahead for a £2bn class action against Meta, many are thinking about what the real risk of class action litigation is after a mass data breach ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

Amazon France Logistics has been fined €32m in France for being “grossly negligent” about European data protection law when it comes to monitoring its workers. How can companies do the right thing by workers and by regulators? Employers have increasingly sophisticated tools to help them monitor their workers. Amazon’s  substantial recent fine from French data protection regulators shows that they don’t always get it right ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

One of the main features of the cryptocurrency market is how unpredictable it is - the value of cryptocurrencies can rise and fall sharply, depending on how investors feel about them or the social media hype around them at the time ...

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Assessing lender risk in fund finance markets 2024 (GLI chapter) Contents  Risk analysis in an evolving market Complex Fund structures Typical structures in our jurisdictions Feeder vehicles Legal perspective Market risk Competition in the market Concentration risk Liquidity risk ESG risks Conclusion Acknowledgment  Risk analysis in an evolving market Despite being a relatively long-standing lending product, there have been limited public payment defaults by f

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Carey Olsen advises Epiris on launch of £1 billion buyout fund Epiris invests in opportunities to transform businesses in partnership with exceptional management teams. The firm targets UK and international businesses with an enterprise value of between £75 million and £500 million. Fund III has already deployed more than 20% of its total capital across four investments: Delinian, Lonestar, Pure Cremation and GSF ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

From chatbots to ChatGPT, AI is transforming the way that businesses interact with consumers. Businesses should be mindful of the risks surrounding the use of AI when interacting with consumers. In this article, we offer practical guidance for businesses seeking to utilise this fast-emerging technology. AI and consumer law: the pros and the cons AI and consumer protection is not a one-sided story ...

ALTIUS/Tiberghien | February 2024

The new double tax treaty between Belgium and the Netherlands will introduce significant changes  compared to the current Article 5 on permanent establishments. Due to the positions of Belgium and the Netherlands to the Multilateral Instrument (MLI), only the anti-fragmentation rule is applied under the current treaty. Under the new treaty, alignment is sought and found with the other changes proposed by the MLI for permanent establishments ...

Lavery Lawyers | February 2024

With climate change continuing to be a topic of concern across the international community, Canada has recently taken another step to support the development of renewable energies and technologies. In the 2023 budget tabled on March 28, 2023, the Canadian federal government unveiled new tax incentives aimed at supporting investments in both renewable energies and certain clean technologies. These incentives can be grouped into five main Investment Tax Credits (ITCs) ...

ALRUD Law Firm | February 2024

The Supreme Court has considered the Westwalk case and ruled that foreign companies can be legally recognized as bankrupt if there is a "close connection" with Russia. Bankruptcy of foreigners was first commenced in 2016, but for a long was applied only to individuals1. The Arbitrazh Court of the Chelyabinsk Region opened Pandora's box in 2022 with respect to a company from the island of Nevis, which was only formally registered there ...

MinterEllison | February 2024

The transformational power of AI is set to redefine the modus operandi across various sectors, including healthcare. The life sciences sector in particular are already realising the benefits of AI. Their shared experiences offer other health organisations the opportunity to pre-empt some of the challenges associated with AI. The rapid and profound impacts emerging from AI advancements are truly staggering, leaving no room for delay ...

SyCipLaw has authored the Philippine chapter of Lexology In-Depth: Artificial Intelligence Law. The Lexology guide seeks to provide a global overview of the fast-evolving state of law and practice surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) systems and applications. With a focus on recent developments and their practical implications, the guide examines key issues including legislative initiatives, government policy, AI risk management principles and standards, and enforcement actions ...

On 23 June 2023, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 71-2023 and Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 23-2023 to provide streamlined guidelines and the prescribed documentary requirements for the processing of value added tax (VAT) refund applications. The following significant amendments were introduced to the existing regulations outlined in this article ...

Recently, the General Directorate of Customs (DGA), under the provisions of art 440 of the Regulation of the Uniform Central American Customs Code (RECAUCA), has modified the period of stay for vehicles owned by foreign tourists, Salvadorans residing abroad, and Salvadoran students residing abroad ...

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Carey Olsen advises on Ambipar’s $750 million Senior Unsecured Green Notes The Notes are guaranteed by Ambipar, Environmental ESG Participações S.A. and, subject to certain limitations, Response. The Notes bear interest at the rate of 9.875% per annum and are callable after 6 February 2027. The net proceeds from the Notes will be used for the repayment of indebtedness and the remainder (if any) for general corporate purposes ...

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Carey Olsen advises Strategic Risk Solutions on acquisition of Robus Group Based in Guernsey and Gibraltar, Robus Group offers professional management services to captive insurers, open market insurers, reinsurers, insurance intermediaries, MGAs, ILS fund managers, and other corporate entities. The company supports these clients in achieving their risk management and strategic business goals ...

The New York State Education Department (“SED”) has proposed an amendment to Title 8, Section 3.59 of the Rules of the Board of Regents that would clarify how a New York State institution of higher education (an “IHE”) might enter into certain corporate relationships with a “highly qualified out-of-state institution ...

Mamo TCV Advocates | February 2024

  We all know how important advertising is in the business world. Traders use advertisements as marketing tools to inform customers and consumers about their products. With the rise of technology and social media, advertising is now taking diverse forms. Companies are increasingly turning to a more powerful tool, the ‘influencer’, to advertise their products. This phenomenon is also evident locally ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

A core aim of the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA) is to ensure the real estate industry - rather than leaseholders or the taxpayer - meets building safety expenditure. One way this is to be achieved is by introducing the Building Safety Levy under s.58 of the BSA. The government has now moved one step closer to the implementation of the levy with the recent publication of a consultation outcome and the publication of a third consultation - closing on 20 February 2024 ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

In this follow up article we will explore how the crypto sphere has advanced since the previous article, revisit some of the predictions we made and identify key legal updates in the crypto market and what those updates mean for the insolvency world ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

The use of cryptocurrency or crypto assets in employee incentive arrangements is a relatively new and evolving area and it is therefore important to carefully consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of their use in incentive arrangements. Different types of crypto assets Crypto assets can take many forms including digital currency such as Bitcoin and Litecoin and NFTs (non-fungible tokens) such as art NFTs and collectible real estate NFTs ...

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