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The treatment of ongoing criminal cases for bounced cheques in the Emirate of Dubai
Afridi & Angell, January 2022

It is now common knowledge that after January 2, 2022, issuing a cheque that is dishonoured for the lack of funds is no longer going to be a criminal offence in the UAE (for a primer on the changes made to the law, clickHere). But what of ongoing complaints and criminal cases regarding cheques that were dishonoured prior to January 2? Circular No. (9) of 2021, issued by the Dubai Public Prosecution Department on 19 December 2021, helpfully clarifies how such cases are to be handled...

Treasury Issues Final Rule on COVID State Funds
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

On January 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a final rule on the use of Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) provided to state, local, and tribal governments pursuant to the American Rescue Plan (ARP). While the final rule largely includes the eligible uses of SLFRF funds described in the interim rule issued in May of 2021, the Treasury expanded and provided more detail on eligible uses...

Chilean Financial Market Commission Opens Public Consultation on Authorization of Existence of Special Stock Corporations and initiation of operations…
Carey, January 2022

On January 3rd, 2022, the Chilean Financial Market Commission (FMC) opened a public consultation process (the "Regulatory Proposal") on new regulations regarding the procedure to authorize the existence of certain special stock corporations (SSCs) and to authorize the commencement of operations of general fund managers (GFMs)...

Insolvency in Scotland: Back to Basics – Part 2, Sequestration (Bankruptcy)
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

This is the second article in 'Back to Basics', a series of articles looking at insolvency processes in Scotland. This article will examine the court process for sequestration, focusing on petitions by creditors. Sequestration is the Scottish legal term for personal bankruptcy...

Transition plans: key to businesses achieving net zero
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

 How will the UK become a Net Zero-aligned Financial Centre? Last month, the UK Government announced that the UK was to be the world’s first Net Zero-aligned Financial Centre. The Institute for Government defines “net zero” as “a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere”...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Newsletter December 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2022

Employment Law An examination of the case ofTelekom Research andDevelopment Sdn Bhd v Ahmad Farid Bin Abdul Rahman by the Court of Appeal Introduction The Industrial Court had ruled that the company, Telekom Research and Development Sdn Bhd (“Telekom”), had proven the misconduct against a former employee, the claimant Ahmad Farid Bin Abdul Rahman (“Ahmad”), and that the dismissal was justified...

End of Transition Period for SBA Size Standard Calculation
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

This is a reminder that as of January 6, 2022, the Small Business Administration is requiring all small businesses to use a five-year period of measurement in determining their size under a revenue-based size standard. On January 6, 2020, the SBA published its final rule providing for a five-year period of measurement for determining a small business’s size under revenue-based size standards...

Year in Review 2021: EU, EEA and Competition Law
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2022

The Supreme Court ended the «Google Ads» case saga The Supreme Court’s recent ruling (14 December 2021) in a case brought by several competing banks against Bank Norwegian ends a many-year-long saga concerning the use of competitors’ trademarks in search engine advertising. The competitors’ brought the case against Bank Norwegian before the Oslo City Court in 2017...

Maritime Industry Ready and Fit for 55 – vol. 3: Revision of the Energy Taxation Directive
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2022

The Fit for 55-package To achieve EU’s Paris climate goals, the EU Commission presented in December 2019 the European Green Deal, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and become carbon neutral by 2050...

Chilean Financial Market Commission Opens Public Consultation on Regulation of Fees on Money Lending Operations
Carey, January 2022

In compliance with the mandate set forth in Article 19 ter of Law No. 18,010 (the "Money Lending Operations Act"), incorporated therein by Law No. 21...

Ministry of Finance's Press Release on Foreign Source Income and Stamp Duty on Contract Notes
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2022

The Finance Bill 2021 has recently been passed in Parliament and gazetted on 31 December 2021 (“FA”). One of the FA amendments, which takes effect from 1 January 2022, is that only income arising from sources outside Malaysia and received in Malaysia by any person who is not tax-resident in Malaysia, would be tax exempt...

Tax Updates December 2021 (SyCipLaw Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) International Edition Vol. 4)
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, January 2022

SyCipLaw’s Tax Department has prepared an international edition of its Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for the last quarter of 2021. Please read the full text at https://tinyurl.com/SyCipLaw-DecTIPS-Int-Vol4-2 or https://tinyurl.com/SyCipLaw-DecTIPS-Int-Vol4-3. The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S - International Edition covers the top 10 tax issues of 2021: March 2021 1...

Eligible Uses of CARES Act Funds for Compliance and Management Expenses in 2022
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

Although the deadline for “incurring” CARES Act funds has passed, Alaska Native Corporations can still use CARES Act funds to pay for administrative and compliance related expenditures in 2022, including staff time spent administrating programs and CARES Act expenses incurred by December 31, 2022. According to U.S...

Chilean Competition Agency Files First Interlocking Lawsuit
Carey, January 2022

On December 27, 2021, the Chilean Competition Agency, Fiscalía Nacional Económica (“FNE”), filed the first lawsuit with the Chilean Competition Court, Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia (“TDLC”), for an infringement of the horizontal interlocking prohibition established in Law Decree No. 211 of 1973 (“DL 211”), against Mr. Hernán Büchi, Banco de Chile, Consorcio Financiero S.A...

Courts Begin Interpreting New Due Diligence Requirements For Trustees Before Filing Preference Actions, Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, January 2022

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Courts Begin Interpreting New Due Diligence Requirements For Trustees Before Filing Preference Actions, Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, January 2022

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Courts Begin Interpreting New Due Diligence Requirements For Trustees Before Filing Preference Actions, Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, January 2022

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Upcoming changes to employer right to work checks
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2021

The Home Office has announced changes to employer right to work checks, effective 6 April 2022 that all employers must be aware of. Carrying out right to work checks is an essential part of the recruitment process and it is important that employers are always up to date with any changes in this area.   At present, employers must ask new recruits for physical evidence of their right to work in the UK, such as a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)...

Leveraging Fintechs and Big Data in a Fair Lending Focused 2022
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2021

[!<CDATA[ Over the past decade, financial technology companies (fintechs) have been on the rise, disrupting all segments of the financial industry. Their innovative technology, swift adaptation to market trends, and ability to create personalized and efficient customer experiences enabled them to reshape the way we look at, use, and provide financial services...

New California Court of Appeal Decision Upholds Decisions Made By County Retirement System During Great Recession
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2021

After more than a decade of litigation, three appeals, and a two week bench trial, the Fifth District Court of Appeal (“DCA”) rejected claims by three retired members of a retirement system that a retirement board breached its fiduciary duties of loyalty and prudence to the retirement system’s members...

Thai Cabinet Passes New Draft Resolution Easing Restrictions on Cross-Border Transactions and Commercial Activities
DFDL, December 2021

On 23 November 2021 The Thai Cabinet passed a resolution permitting the amendment of Ministerial Regulation No. 13 (the “Regulation”) under the Exchange Control Act (1942) which relaxes a lot of the rules on cross-border transactions, online activities and e-commerce matters. The amendments, among other things, includes: Allowing permitted persons (business operators) to accept foreign currency via sources other than bank notes (i.e...

Year in Review 2021: Banking and Finance
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, December 2021

We have in 2021 seen a remarkable (continued) recovery in the Norwegian financial market. This is also evident from the perspective of our banking and financing team. We have assisted our clients with a considerable number of new financings and refinancings, across most sectors.  It has especially been hectic within the shipping, aviation and renewable energy sectors and we have seen a steep increase within acquisition financing...

Tax plan of the future President of Chile, Gabriel Boric
Carey, December 2021

On December 19, Gabriel Boric was elected as future President of Chile, and will take office on March 11, 2022. The following is a list of the main tax proposals1 of the recently elected candidate: New income tax regime: a disintegrated income tax regime is proposed for large companies, separating the tax paid at the company level from the one payable by its shareholders when withdrawing profits...

NMLS Transition Update for Existing California Financing Law Licensees: CA DFPI has Extended the Deadline for Submitting Company (MU1) and Covered Person (MU2) Transition Applications to March 15, 2022
Buchalter, December 2021

December 17, 2021 By: Melissa Richards Earlier this year, we reported that the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (CA DFPI) published new regulations requiring all existing commercial lenders and brokers licensed under the California Financing Law (CFL) to transition their licenses over to the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) electronic portal by December 31, 2021...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates December 2021 (1)
Shearn Delamore & Co., December 2021

Financial Services   Climate risk — progress of Joint Committee on Climate Change In a joint statement, Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) and Securities Commission Malaysia announced on 10 December 2021 the following: the Joint Committee on Climate Change (“JC3”) will issue a Reference Guide on Climate Risk Management and Scenario Analysis, which sets out expectations for financial institutions to integrate climate-related risks considerations in finan

 

 

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