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Corporate Services Department Client Bulletin: Recent SEC Issuances
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing of the latest COVID-19 related issuances of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) as of 8 July 2020: A.1. Filing of General Information Sheet (“GIS”) and Audited Financial Statements (“AFS”) A.2. Extension of Deadline for Filing of AFS of Corporations within the Jurisdiction of SEC Cebu Extension Office B...

Coronavirus Digest: Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, August 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces to prepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

COVID-19 “Safe Harbour” Not for Sinking Ships
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

Director’s personal liability for company tax debts On 10 July 2020, Inland Revenue issued a public ruling (the Ruling) considering the application of the asset stripping rules (under which directors and shareholders may be personally liable for company tax debts) in the context of the recently enacted exception to certain directors’ duties under the Companies Act 1993 (the Safe Harbour)...

When is a Financial Institution not a Financial Institution? When it’s Wirecard
TSMP Law Corporation, August 2020

How Wirecard skirted regulatory scrutiny by jurisdiction-shopping and canny intra-group structuring. It would have been the quintessential business success story. Founded in Munich in 1999, this small payment processor for online gambling and pornography sites grew so massive that, by 2018, it had displaced Commerzbank from Germany’s prestigious Dax 30 index. At its peak, the juggernaut was valued at more than €24 billion (S$38.6 billion)...

Panama: The World of Turnkey Contracts, Partial Payment Accounts and Certificates of No Objection
Morgan & Morgan, July 2020

For a long time, we have heard in different social media, for various reasons, some more positive than others, information related to Turnkey Contracts and the State indebtedness resulting from the Partial Payment Accounts (in Spanish, “Cuentas de Pago Parcial”) and Certificates of No Objection (in Spanish, “Certificados de No Objeción”)...

The Creation of a Startup in Panama
Morgan & Morgan, July 2020

An entrepreneur has a lot to consider when starting a new business...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update July 2020 (Financial Services)
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

Extension on short-selling ban The Securities Commission Malaysia (“SCM”) and Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia”) announced a further extension, until 31 December 2020, of the existing suspension for the suspension of all short selling, other than permitted short selling, on the stock exchange of Bursa Malaysia. The scope of the ban remains the same...

Client Bulletin No. 28 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Recent IPOPHL, SEC, BSP Issuances
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of July 29, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends until August 4 the Deadline for Filings and Payments Due for the Period of July 20-30, 2020 B. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Discourages Physical Filing of Mandatory Disclosure Form (MDF) which is Due on July 31, 2020 C...

Evolving M&A Trends: Private Equity Transactions Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
DFDL, July 2020

This article first appeared on the website of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (here), and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © International Bar Association.  The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed countries across the world into an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis...

Two Useful Alternatives for COVID-19 Triggered Business Insolvencies
Durham Jones & Pinegar, July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered and will continue to trigger a “tidal wave” of business bankruptcies involving businesses both large and small.  Certain commentators have described the anticipated “tidal wave” of business bankruptcies as a “bankruptcy tsunami.”  In the three-month period between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, a total of 1,812 Chapter 11 bankruptcies were filed in the U.S...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program Expanded to Include Nonprofit Organizations
Buchalter, July 2020

The Federal Reserve has announced that the Main Street Lending Program will now be available to non-profits such as educational institutions, hospitals, and social service organizations, and has issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility and Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Excusing Contractual Performance in Real Estate Agreements in the Age of COVID
Buchalter, July 2020

  Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, local municipalities and state governments throughout the country have implemented stay-at-home orders and mandated closures of businesses and restaurants to lower the spread of the disease. California, after having permitted much of the state to reopen businesses, has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and on July 13th implemented a new statewide order to curb the increase, reimposing certain business closures...

HHS Commits to Release Reporting Requirements for Provider Relief Funds on August 17
Waller, July 2020

Since the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Funds (PRF) first started arriving in provider bank accounts on April 10, 2020, HHS has stated that it will issue additional guidance “soon” on mandatory reporting requirements on how use of funds must be reported. The PRF funds are among the funds Congress appropriated to reimburse eligible healthcare providers for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to COVID-19...

IRS Issues Guidance on 2020 Waiver of Required Minimum Distributions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

Key Points Participants in defined contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k), 401(a), 403(b), or governmental 457(b) plans, can skip their required minimum distribution (RMD) payments for 2020. If RMDs for 2020 have already been received, participants have until August 31, 2020 to rollover the RMD into an eligible retirement plan...

Dealing with Vulnerable Investors and Financial Exploitation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2020

Unfortunately, financial exploitation is a significant and growing area of concern, particularly with elderly investors or those with diminished capacity. Investment advisers are facing a client base who is increasingly older, and with that comes the increased likelihood of an investment adviser encountering possible financial exploitation...

Main Street Lending Program Now Open for Nonprofits
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

Key Points On July 17, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced two new loan options under the Main Street Lending Program to support nonprofit organizations: the Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility ("NONLF") and the Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility ("NOELF")...

Kentucky Community Property Trust Act Provides Significant Basis Planning Opportunities for Married Couples
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2020

On July 15, 2020, the Kentucky Community Property Trust Act (the “Act”; codified at KRS 386.620 et seq.) became effective, instituting an elective community property regime under Kentucky law. The intent of the Act is to permit spouses to receive a stepped-up basis for federal income tax purposes at the death of the first spouse in 100 percent of the property they have elected to treat as community property...

“Relaxing Penalties”? Sounds Like an Oxymoron
Deacons, July 2020

Did you know? The Hong Kong courts are now relaxing the legal test on what is a “penalty” to allow a wider range of agreed damages in commercial contracts. Why does this matter to you? It is notoriously difficult and time consuming (not to mention costly!) to assess damages for breach of contract which must be proved by the innocent party...

Data Protection Authorities Set Out Expectations in Open Letter to VTC Companies
Deacons, July 2020

On 22 July 2020, data protection authorities from Australia, Canada, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Switzerland and United Kingdom (together the Authorities), issued an open letter (Letter) on global privacy expectations of video teleconferencing companies (VTC companies)[1]. Why there is such a Letter? As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Authorities have witnessed an increasing use of VTC tools, both in social and business contexts...

New Limited Partnership Fund Regime in Hong Kong
Deacons, July 2020

The Limited Partnership Fund Bill which provides for registration of eligible funds as limited partnership funds (LPFs) in Hong Kong passed the third reading at the Legislative Council on 9 July 2020. The Limited Partnership Fund Ordinance (LPFO) will come into operation on 31 August 2020...

HK SFC Annual Report in the COVID-19 Era
Deacons, July 2020

On 24 June 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published its latest Annual Report, covering the 12-month period to 31 March 2020. As in previous years, the report provides a useful summary of what the SFC has done over the past year particularly in terms of achieving its publicly stated goals and providing insight into its priorities moving forward...

New Financial Return Form in 2021 will Require even More Information
Deacons, July 2020

On 26 June 2020, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular publishing in draft new versions of the financial return forms for SFC licensed corporations (LCs). The SFC is planning to revise the existing forms in order to collect additional data from LCs to “enable the SFC to identify risks in a timely manner, take prompt supervisory action and protect investors”. It is expected that the forms will be gazetted without significant amendment...

Mainland China Briefing: Regulators of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau Introduce Cross-Boundary Wealth Management Scheme
Deacons, July 2020

On 29 June 2020, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), and the Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM) jointly published an announcement on the launch of the cross-boundary wealth management connect pilot scheme (Wealth Management Connect) in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) (the announcement is available here in English and here in Chinese)...

Ten Legal Considerations When Starting a Hemp Business
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

So, you want to start a hemp company. You have your big idea and a business plan ready. At some point, though, you begin to wonder whether you should be thinking about any legal issues as you get your company off the ground. That’s where we come in. Bradley’s Cannabis Industry team has a deep understanding of the many unique legal and business issues that impact hemp companies...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: OCC Proposes New Rule Defining “True Lender”
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 20, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency proposed a rule which, if finalized as a rule, would establish a new standard for when a national bank or Federal savings association (“bank”) is the “true lender” in a lending arrangement with a third party. Under the proposed rule, the bank is the lender in a loan transaction if either (1) the bank is the named lender in the loan documents at origination, or (2) the bank funds the loan at origination...

 

 

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