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Are you Thinking About Privacy? Reassess and Prepare for the New Privacy Act
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

New Zealand's new Privacy Act 2020 comes into force on 1 December 2020 and all organisations should be preparing for the changes now. We share practical steps to help prepare and outline the key changes in the Act below. Agencies need to turn their attention to reviewing internal practices, processes and policies, to ensure they comply with obligations under the new Act...

Supreme Court Raises the Stakes for Directors of Distressed Businesses
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

The Supreme Court last Thursday released its long awaited decision on directors duties engaged on a company’s insolvency –Debut Homes Limited (in liquidation) v Cooper[2020] NZSC 100. The decision has profound implications for directors confronted with a business experiencing material financial distress and more broadly, for creditors, lenders and the insolvency profession...

FMA Releases Supervision Insight Report
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has published their findings on their monitoring of financial market participants' governance and culture. The report identifies a number of significant breaches of the rules and sets out a number of regulator expectations for governance and conduct frameworks. The FMA's media release and report are both available online...

Startup Financing
Morgan & Morgan, September 2020

A company’s need for substantial amounts of capital is intensified when looking to grow quickly, or develop an innovative product that will disrupt the market in a meaningful way. This is true to any company, and is especially true to innovative and disruptive startups, which aim at creating new markets, revolutionizing existing ones and prevailing over traditional market participants...

Companies Still Permitted to Hold Meetings Without Physical Attendance Until 31 December 2020
Arendt & Medernach, September 2020

THE LAW OF 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 REGARDING MEASURES GOVERNING HOW COMPANIES AND OTHER LEGAL ENTITIES ARE PERMITTED TO HOLD MEETINGS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LUXEMBOURG OFFICIAL JOURNAL. This law enables companies and other legal entities (such as ASBLs) to hold general meetings and other meetings of the company’s corporate bodies without the need for physical attendance, even where this is not provided for in the company’s articles of association...

Dubai Family Ownership of Common Property Law
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

On 13 August 2020, the Ruler of Dubai issued Law 9 of 2020 to regulate family ownership of common property in the Emirate of Dubai (the Law). The Law aims to establish a legal framework for family ownership of common property in Dubai and to facilitate its transmission among successive generations. This concept of undivided family assets introduced by the Law also exists in other jurisdictions. There are many family run businesses in Dubai...

SEC Adopts Significant Amendments to Regulation S-K and Accredited Investor and Qualified Institutional Buyer Definitions
Waller, September 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted several significant amendments affecting disclosure requirements under Items 101, 103 and 105 of Regulation S-K and also expanded the definitions of “Accredited Investor” and “Qualified Institutional Buyer” under Rule 501(a) and Rule 144A, respectively. As SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, announced in the press release, Items 101, 103 and 105 have not undergone significant revisions in over 30 years...

First Draft Bill Implementing EU Directive 2019/1023 on Preventive Restructuring Frameworks and Improving the Instruments Introduced by ESUG in 2012, with a Focus on Self-Administration
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, September 2020

BUSINESS STABILIZATION AND RESTRUCTURING ACT (STARUG) On 18 September 2020, the German Federal Department of Justice published a first draft bill for the implementation of the EU Directive 2019/1023 on preventive restructuring frameworks of 20 June 2019 (the „Draft Bill“)...

‘Retire in Dubai’ Programme Announced in Dubai
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

Afridi & Angell was pleased to have advised Dubai Tourism on the testamentary and inheritance framework in Dubai in the process leading up to the much-welcomed announcement of the ‘Retire in Dubai’ programme. The announcement, made on Wednesday 2 September 2020 offers resident expatriates and foreigners aged 55 and above an opportunity to retire in the Emirate. As part of the programme, eligible applicants will be provided a Retirement Visa, renewable every five years...

Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2020

Businesses that open their doors to customers, guests, and other visitors during the pandemic must be vigilant, not only to keep their premises safe to those who enter, but also to avoid lawsuits by individuals who claim they contracted COVID-19 on business premises...

DOJ Clarifies Guidelines on Settling Cases Based on Ability to Pay
Waller, September 2020

In early September, the Department of Justice issued additional guidance that the Commercial Litigation Branch can consider when settling cases for less than the full amount of the claim based on the defendant’s inability to pay. Under its statutory authority, the Civil Division has the ability to settle claims for less when an entity offers the maximum amount that it is able to pay and the federal government is acting as plaintiff...

The Freezing of Customer Bank Accounts for Money Laundering Reasons
Deacons, September 2020

There a number of reasons why Hong Kong banks freeze a customer’s bank account but this article is limited to exploring why Hong Kong banks may be required to do so for money laundering reasons. The money laundering offence in Hong Kong law The offence of “money laundering” is prosecuted in Hong Kong under section 25(1) of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, Cap. 455 (“OSCO”)...

MOFCOM Amends and Releases FIE Complaint Measures
Deacons, September 2020

In recent years, foreign investment laws and regulations have undergone sweeping reform of which the complaint mechanism introduced under the new Foreign Investment Law and its implementing regulations for foreign invested enterprises (FIEs) is particularly noteworthy...

Low Federal Interest Rate Provides Unique Gifting Opportunity Through GRATs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

For the last several months, local and national economies have struggled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To mitigate the downturn, the federal government reduced interest rates to near zero. This reduced rate has created a unique estate planning opportunity for individuals who hold assets they expect will appreciate, who wish to make lifetime gifts to their lineal descendants, and who wish to make such gifts without incurring annual or lifetime gift tax liability...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Entrapment-by-Estoppel: A Potential Future Defense for Lenders in PPP Fraud Cases
Buchalter, September 2020

By: Joshua M. Robbins, Michael C. Flynn, and Robert S. Gillison The past decade has taught lenders much about regulatory enforcement risk.  In the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis and collapse of the housing and related markets, the Department of Justice and other agencies aggressively stepped up investigations of lenders seen as complicit in the misconduct of borrowers and others...

New Zealand to Lead the World in Climate-Related Financial Disclosure
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Yesterday, Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced the proposed climate-related financial disclosure regime. The regime will make New Zealand the first country in the world to require the financial sector to report on climate risks.“Today is another step on the journey this Government is taking towards a low carbon future for Aotearoa New Zealand and a cleaner, safer planet for future generations,”Minister Shaw said. The media release is available online...

Section 30A(6) of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap.6): Care to be Exercised by Creditors when Making Objections to Automatic Discharge from Bankruptcy
Deacons, September 2020

In the recent case of Re Shum Tung Lam formerly known as Shum Wan Man [2020] HKCFI 1720, the Court of First Instance was asked to clarify the requirements under section 30A(6) of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap. 6) (BO) which governs objections made by creditors or trustees to the automatic discharge of a bankrupt from bankruptcy...

Court of Appeal Reaffirms Three Core Requirements to Wind Up Foreign Company
Deacons, September 2020

Under section 327 of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap. 32), the Court can exercise its discretion to wind up a foreign-incorporated company. A recent case reaffirms the three core requirements necessary to enable the court to exercise that discretion...

Compliance with DIFC Data Protection Law 2020 – Deadline 1 October 2020
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

DIFC entities have until 1 October 2020 to ensure that their data processing activities are compliant with the new Data Protection Law (DIFC Law 5 of 2020) (the DP Law). Who is subject to the DP Law? • DIFC entities.• Non-DIFC entities that regularly engage with DIFC entities as part of a “stable arrangement”, which involve data being processed in the DIFC and/or transferred out of the DIFC. Practical Guidance 1. Maintain a record of Personal Data. 2...

COVID-19: Entry into the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

On 12 September 2020, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) reported 1007 new COVID-19 cases in the UAE. With the number of cases rising both within the UAE and in most other countries, the UAE government has reiterated the importance of adhering to preventive guidelines and has further placed safeguards, particularly in Abu Dhabi, to ensure that those traveling to the UAE are confined to prevent the transmission of the virus...

Reserve Bank Recommences IPSA Review
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Yesterday, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Reserve Bank) announced that it would recommence its review of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010 (IPSA). The review has been paused since April 2018. A policy paper outlining the resumption of the review will be published in October. See here for links to the Reserve Bank’s update and review webpage...

Definition of Healthcare Provider Narrowed in revised FFCRA regulations
Waller, September 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced Friday Friday that it had revised the Families First Response Act (FFCRA) in response to a recent ruling by a federal court in New York. The new regulations are effective September 16 and represent a significant change for healthcare entities who previously (and correctly) used “blanket” denials of FFCRA requests for all of their employees...

The Quetzal will Soar its Flight: The public + The private: the winning alliance By Ignacio Grazioso
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Ten years ago, the PPP Law was approved, the regulatory framework that seeks to make the Public Private Partnerships (“PPPs”) viable as a solution to the country's infrastructure deficit. For reasons beyond legal and economic facts, Guatemala has not yet seen its first PPP project born. However, the planets seem to be aligning to propitiate the possible detonation of investment in infrastructure and we see reasons for optimism on the horizon...

Disability and Remote Work
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Teleworking is a work tool that opens a world of possibilities for the reinsertion of sectors of the population that have not had free access to work opportunities. It is a feasible option to provide job opportunities to people for whom moving outside their homes is a limitation; limitations that could occur not only to people with family responsibilities – child and elderly care – or students, but also to people with disabilities...

Telework in Guatemala
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Although in Guatemala there is no legal frame for “Telework”, it could be said that it is a way in which services are provided in a location other than the employer's office or headquarters. What makes this modality so attractive? What is the key to make it work? The key is in TECHNOLOGY, in the innovative and efficient use of tools that allow us to be connected without being anchored to a specific place...

 

 

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