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Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery MOUs: A Roadmap to CARES Act Enforcement
Dykema, August 2020

Businesses across the country have wondered how the new Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) will enforce the CARES Act’s loan requirements, especially with the large number of loan and forgiveness applications. Until recently, the answer was unclear. Press releases have announced Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between SIGPR and three U.S. Attorney’s Offices to collaborate on investigating and prosecuting CARES Act violations...

EU Recovery Prospectus - Planned Facilitation of the Equity Issuance through an Abridged Securities Prospectus
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

In order to tackle the effects of the Corona crisis, it is planned at EU level to temporarily facilitate the raising of equity capital for companies. This will enable certain issuers to publish a shortened prospectus with only 30 pages instead of a full prospectus to issue shares. Through this, issuers will have the option to issue shares at short notice, without bureaucracy and inexpensively, thereby improving the debt-to-equity ratio in their balance sheets...

Updated Guideline on Minimum Criteria for Authorisation under the Banking Ordinance (the “Guideline”) Issued by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“MA”)
Deacons, August 2020

On 10 July 2020, the MA issued an updated Guideline, superseding the 2018 version. The Guideline provides guidance in relation to the Banking Ordinance’s minimum criteria for obtaining a banking or deposit taking license. Several technical changes have been made following recent changes to the supervisory regime...

London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) Reform
Deacons, August 2020

(a) ARRC’s best practice for completing LIBOR transition In May 2020, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC), the industry group formed in 2014 to lead the LIBOR transition in the United States, published a set of recommended best practices (“Best Practices”) to help market participants to prepare for the discontinuation of LIBOR by the end of 2021...

Non-US Financial Institutions may Address Risks of Secondary Sanctions in Contracts
Deacons, August 2020

In the recent English case of Lamesa Investments v Cynergy Bank [2020] EWCA Civ 821, the Court of Appeal (“CA”) affirmed the High Court (“HC”)’s ruling that non-US financial institution borrower Cynergy’s (a) refusal to pay Lamesa did not constitute a default where the ultimate beneficial owner of Lamesa remained a blocked person under US sanctions law based on a clause in the facility agreement that Cynergy would not be at fault if a sum was not paid

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Payment System Oversight Framework
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) issued on July 7, 2020, Circular No. 1089, which sets out the Payment System Oversight Framework (Oversight Framework). This is in line with the BSP’s mandate under Republic Act No. 11127 (National Payment Systems Act) to ensure a safe, efficient, and reliable national payment system through an effective regulatory and governance framework...

Federal Court in New York Takes Issue with Some Sections of the Rule Implementing the FFCRA: What Does It Mean for You?
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, August 2020

In response to a lawsuit filed by the State of New York, a judge in the Southern District of New York considered and invalidated parts of the Department of Labor's (“DOL”) Final Rule implementing the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”). The ruling, while currently only applying to employers in the Southern District of New York (i.e., New York City), could be instructive on how other courts consider the same provisions...

Superintendence of Non-Financial Regulated Persons Issues New Regulations in Relation to Attorneys and Accountants
Morgan & Morgan, August 2020

Panama, 24 July 2020. By means of Rule JD-01-2020, published in the Official Gazette No. 29076 of 24 July 2020, the Superintendence of Non-Financial Regulated Persons (SNFR) has established a set of rules and obligations imposed to attorneys and accountants whenever they incur in any of the regulated activities under Law 23 of 2015, which relates to prevention of money laundering, financing of arms of mass destruction and financing of terrorism...

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...

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...

The Discharge in Bankruptcy - Open Avenues for Consumer Creditors
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, August 2020

  In a typical consumer bankruptcy, a debtor seeks the benefit of two concepts. First, the debtor seeks the breathing room afforded that debtor by the automatic stay. Second, the debtor seeks to discharge all debt obligations adjudicated in the bankruptcy case. Absent these protections, a bankruptcy filing serves little purpose. As a result, a creditor who can attack the debtor's entitlement to a discharge threatens the very heart of any filing...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program: Federal Reserve Posts Amended Transaction Documents and Frequently Asked Questions
Buchalter, August 2020

On July 31st the Federal Reserve posted amended versions of a number of Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) transaction documents, including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Term Sheets for MSLP.  Many of the changes reflect recent announcements, such as the expansion of the program to include the Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility (NONLF) and the Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility (NOELF).  Other changes, particularly to the FAQs, provide new guidance...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Doing Business with a Customer in Bankruptcy in the Time of COVID-19: Administrative Expense Claims—Take Them to the Bank or Throw Them in the Write-Off Bin?
Buchalter, August 2020

It is no secret that business bankruptcies are surging in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, chapter 11 filings increased 26% in the first half of 2020,[1] and some expect the number of cases to increase even more in the coming months.[2] From retailers to airlines to telecommunications companies, few sectors of the economy are immune. As a result, more and more businesses will face the prospect of one or more of their customers filing chapter 11...

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)...

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Consults on Paperless IPO and Online Display of Documents
Deacons, August 2020

On 24 July 2020, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published a consultation paper seeking public feedback on proposals to introduce a paperless listing and subscription regime, online display of documents and a reduction of the types of documents on display...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program and Other Federal Reserve Emergency Lending Facilities Extended to December 31, 2020
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 28, the Federal Reserve announced that many of its emergency lending facilities, including the Main Street Lending Program’s New Loan Facility, Priority Loan Facility, Expanded Loan Facility, Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility and Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility, are being extended to December 31, 2020.  The facilities were previously scheduled to be available until on or about September 30, 2020...

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”)...

Data Backup and Security Guidelines as Impact Mitigation Strategies in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
AELEX, July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in an unprecedented manner and, in just a few months, it has had such a profound impact on the world of work. As a result, physical office premises were shut down and many employees were forced to work from home with little or no security policy in place or a viable data backup and recovery plan...

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...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update July 2020 (Intellectual Property)
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

International Filings via Madrid ProtocolOn 27 December 2019, Malaysia acceded to the Madrid Protocol, opening Malaysia up to the international trademark filing system. Parallel to the accession, as many are aware, the new Trademarks Act 2019 also came into force on the same date, establishing, amongst others, the law and practical guidelines for the international filing system.With over 1...

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...

Construction Industry Arbitration Commission ("CIAC") Guidelines on the Conduct of On-Line or Virtual Proceedings for CIAC Cases
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the CIAC Memorandum Circular No. 01-2020 dated June 10, 2020,1 a COVID-19 related issuance. A. Authority to Hold Virtual Proceedings B. No Change in the Deadline for the Issuance of Final Awards C. In-Person Proceedings D. Conduct of Virtual Proceedings ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CIAC’s Memorandum Circular No...

DOL Issues Proposed Rule on ESG Investing
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

Key Points If finalized as proposed, a Department of Labor (DOL) proposed rule would require plan fiduciaries to select investments based solely on pecuniary factors. The proposed rule would also tighten conditions for treating environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors as pecuniary factors plan fiduciaries may consider in selecting investments...

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...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Lenders May Submit PPP Forgiveness Applications to SBA on August 10; SBA Issues New Procedural Notice with Guidance for Lender Forgiveness Review/Submission
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 23, SBA announced that lenders may begin submitting PPP loan forgiveness requests to SBA on August 10.  To assist lenders, SBA issued a Procedural Notice with new guidance regarding lenders’ reviews of forgiveness applications.  The Notice may be found here:  https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/5000-20038.pdf The Notice reaffirmed forgiveness guidance and rules previously issued...

 

 

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