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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”...

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...

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...

Preventive Compliance Plans in Consumer Law Matters: A Tool to be Considered in Data Protection Issues
Carey, January 2022

The possibility of having, in the short term, a new statute on personal data protection, which updates the current regulation of Law No. 19,628 on the protection of private life, is rather unlikely. Bulletin 11144-07, which modifies said Law, remains at the initial legislative stage in the Chamber of Origin, therefore it is not feasible to foresee the approval of this bill in the medium term. On the other hand, the recent publication of Law No...

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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Year in review 2021: Data Protection (GDPR)
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, December 2021

Record number of fines in 2021 At European level, a record number of fines have been issued during 2021 for violating the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Since the GDPR entered into force in the EU on 25 May 2018, the supervisory authorities have imposed or notified fines in approx. 900 cases with an accumulated amount of approx. EUR 1.3 billion. As many as 500 of these cases are from 2021 with accumulated fines of as much as EUR 1...

Year in review 2021: Technology, Media and Telecom
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, December 2021

Trends IT contracts An increasing number of clients have requested aid in purchasing either cloud service technology or offering cloud services to the market. We have seen a significant shift from on-premise solutions (i.e. local servers on customer premises) to public cloud and multi-tenant cloud solutions. Initially, customers pushed suppliers to offer cloud solutions. Now we see the opposite: suppliers pushing customers (who are not always ready for this) into the cloud...

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...

Ohio Permanently Expands Use of Telehealth Services
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2021

Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telehealth across Ohio and the United States was steadily increasing. However, out of necessity over the last two years, telehealth has expanded exponentially in order to reduce risks of COVID-19 transmission to practitioners and patients alike. Nearly overnight, the health care community was forced to change the way services were accessed, delivered, and received...

Regulation of Law on Digital Transformation of the Administration is published
Carey, December 2021

On December 11, 2021, the Regulation of Law No. 21,180 on Digital Transformation of the State (the "Regulation") was published in the Chilean Official Gazette, which introduces important amendments to Law No. 19,880 on Administrative Procedures...

Facebook pivots from facial recognition system following biometric privacy suit; more biometric privacy litigation on the horizon, Westlaw Today
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2021

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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...

Sharing of negative user reviews online must be tolerated
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, December 2021

The core question of the doctor list case was whether online sharing of user reviews of health professionals on the Norwegian website «Legelisten.no» was necessary to ensure the freedom of expression and the public’s need for information. Furthermore, the Supreme Court had to decide whether those interests outweighed the privacy interests of the persons being reviewed...

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...

Reliance on Multiple Cloud Infrastructure Services will become More Popular Next Year Due to Recent High-Profile Cloud Computing Failures
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, December 2021

Businesses are increasingly relying upon the cloud computing infrastructure for hosting their websites, storing their data, and deploying artificial intelligence. Using a cloud computing service saves businesses the costs associated with purchasing and maintaining their own IT infrastructure, allowing them instead to purchase the services and storage that they need...

Reliance on Multiple Cloud Infrastructure Services will become More Popular Next Year Due to Recent High-Profile Cloud Computing Failures
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, December 2021

Businesses are increasingly relying upon the cloud computing infrastructure for hosting their websites, storing their data, and deploying artificial intelligence. Using a cloud computing service saves businesses the costs associated with purchasing and maintaining their own IT infrastructure, allowing them instead to purchase the services and storage that they need...

 

 

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