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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 ...

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Carey Olsen Bermuda Band 1 in Chambers Global 2024 Clients praised the firm with a wide range of testimonials, noting its "highly reliable partners with extensive knowledge" who provide "exceptional service and top-level responsiveness". The latest Chambers' rankings add to Carey Olsen Bermuda's recent achievements with the firm also being ranked Band 1 in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide and the Chambers FinTech Guide ...

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Carey Olsen lawyers named among top private client advisers by Private Client Global Elite The Directory features the top 250 private client advisers in two categories, Tier 1 – Private Global Elite and Tier 2 – Private Global Excellence, as chosen by their peers within the private wealth industry ...

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Re Coinomi - Reconsidering the remedies for unfair prejudice Whereas the position at first instance (Re Coinomi [2022] EWHC 3178 (Ch)) had determined that a shareholder could not claim damages in favour of the company when invoking the statutory unfair prejudice jurisdiction, the appeal (reported as Ntzegkoutanis v ...

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 ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the new funding regime for occupational defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, as well as the draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Funding and Investment Strategy) Regulations 2024.   The new regime aims to balance the security of members' benefits with the sustainability of sponsoring employers' businesses, and to encourage long-term planning and collaboration between trustees and employers ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | February 2024

The Supreme Court of the United States recently unanimously reversed the 2nd Circuit’s ruling on an employee asserting a retaliation claim under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”). Now, employees asserting a retaliation claim under SOX need to only show that their protected activity was a contributing factor in the adverse employment action. An employee does not have to prove that the employer had retaliatory or discriminatory intent to prove retaliation under SOX ...

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 ...

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Carey Olsen advises Align Partners Capital Management on formation of latest fund The Fund is sub-managed by Seoul-based Align Partners Capital Management, Inc. ("APCM"), an activist fund manager renowned for applying a bottom-up, long term “Private Equity Approach to Korean Public Equity Markets” investment strategy focused on listed Korean equities ...

Buchalter | February 2024

By: Leah Lively and Alexandra Shulman The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandates that employers compensate employees for each hour worked. Nonetheless, the Department of Labor guidance permits rounding of employee time punches so long as, among other things, the rounding is conducted in a neutral manner and, if any favor is shown, it benefits the employee. For example, using rounding, if an associate clocked in any time from 7:53 a.m. to 8:07 a.m ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

Shoosmiths' Natalie Aldread explores two recent cases and their implications for break options and the renewal of a business tenancy under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 It is often assumed that where renewal of a business tenancy under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 has not been opposed, the bar is reasonably low to include a landlord’s break option in the new lease. Two recent cases do, however, indicate that this is not always the case ...

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

Shoosmiths' real estate experts explore commonly encountered issues and also tips and traps for providing and receiving replies to Commercial Property Standard Enquiries. Replies to Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (“CPSEs”) are designed to provide practical information about the property to assist buyers and tenants with their due diligence ...

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 ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

In another step forwards for consumer protection regulation, the UK’s Department for Business and Trade has confirmed further amendments to the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill to tackle deceptive trading practices in the digital realm. Following a comprehensive consultation into consumer transparency, the proposed laws will target ‘drip pricing’ by banning unavoidable hidden charges and make fake reviews illegal ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

Last year, the UK Government announced increases in fees for immigration and nationality applications as well as priority processing services which took effect from 4 October 2023. As mentioned in our previous article, these increases are substantial and likely to have a significant financial impact for applicants and their sponsors. In addition, the UK Government are increasing the Immigration Health Surcharge shortly on 6 February 2024 ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

The recent publication of the 2024 UK Corporate Governance Code introduces several targeted changes in a move to build on the transparency and accountability requirements for corporate practices brought in by the current version of the Code ...

Carey Olsen | February 2024

Strengthened collaboration between BVI and PRC: a precedent of enforcing a PRC arbitral award Background In Window of Trade, the Claimant applied to the BVI Court to enforce the Award in favour of the Claimant. The Award required the Second Defendant to return 100% of the equity in the First Defendant, a BVI company, to the Claimant and to assist the Claimant in restoring its name to the register of members of the First Defendant. The Second Defendant opposed the enforcement of the Award ...

The last installment of our three-part series explains U.S. tax considerations of a divided interest strategy for the bare owner who is a U.S. person. In most situations involving global families, it is the bare owner, rather than the holder of the usufruct, who is a U.S. person. The usufruct holder is often a nonresident alien who puts in place the property division for foreign estate planning purposes. In many instances, one or more members of the younger generation move to the United States ...

Mamo TCV Advocates | February 2024

    Mamo TCV Advocates will once again be attending Corporate Jet Investor London.  Joshua Chircop, Senior Associate, and Aleandro Mifsud, Associate, will be attending the annual business jet conference being held at the Hilton on Park Lane, London between the 5th and 7th February, 2024. Get in touch with us at [email protected] to schedule a meeting with members of our aviation team ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2024

In the third instalment of our series, we consider the practical elements of the ‘workcation’ concept. As we have seen, working elsewhere may seem like an attractive proposition to employees. They will undoubtedly be keen to take advantage of the opportunity to save precious annual leave entitlement, but it is important an employer sets some ground rules ...

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