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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...

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...

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: UPDATE: San Francisco’s Emergency Ordinance on Cleaning Commercial Office Buildings and Hotels Signed by Mayor and Became Effective July 17, 2020
Buchalter, July 2020

  The San Francisco Emergency Ordinance on cleaning commercial office buildings larger than 50,000 square feet and tourist hotels was signed by the Mayor on July 17th, becoming effective immediately upon her signature. As noted in a prior Buchalter Client Alert, there are many problems with this Ordinance and, unfortunately, none of those problems were corrected before it was signed into law...

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...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Bay Area Businesses Face Uncertainty Over Conflicts Between State and Local Reopening Guidelines
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 17, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that due to a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases in the last month, and because San Francisco was listed on the State’s County Monitoring List (the “Monitoring List”) for three consecutive days, San Francisco was halting all reopening procedures indefinitely beginning on Monday, July 20...

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...

Top 10 Tips for Virtual Brown Act Meetings
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

In the Loop: With the Hanson Bridgett Government Group COVID-19 has changed the way California public agencies conduct their Brown Act meetings, creating new challenges and opportunities. Utilizing their experience serving as general counsel to a number of public agencies, Hanson Bridgett attorneys Claire Collins and Allison Schutte created their Top 10 list of recommendations on how to conduct virtual "Brown Act" Board Meetings to guide any public agency. 1...

China Effectively Strengthens Fight Against Malicious Trade Marks
Han Kun Law Offices, July 2020

A focus for Chinese trademark law and practice in recent years has been strengthening the fight against malicious trademarks...

DOE’s Recent RFI Specifies “Foreign Adversaries” – What Does it Mean?
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

What You Need To Know: Recent events emphasize the effect of the U.S.-China relationship on imports, exports, and foreign investment. Companies should consider looking closely at whether and how their products or services could be considered a national security concern in a variety of regulatory capacities, including foreign investment, export controls, and even real estate...

Residential Evictions: What Tenants Need to Know
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

LOCKOUTS Can I be locked out of my home during the COVID-19 emergency? No. On March 19, 2020, New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy issued Executive Order 106, which immediately suspends evictions throughout the state. This is called an “eviction moratorium,” and it means that, except in rare circumstances, no tenant may be removed from his or her home as a result of an eviction proceeding...

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New (Simpler) Fiduciary Rule Exemption
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

What You Need To Know: The Proposed Exemption reaffirms the long-standing five-part test used prior to the vacated fiduciary rule to determine whether an investment adviser is a fiduciary for purposes of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code (Code)...

Simplified Restructuring Procedure: A New Tool for Businesses in Crisis
Wardynski & Partners, July 2020

On 24 June 2020, a new restructuring procedure entered into force, enabling businesses to carry out debt relief smoothly without undue judicial interference. Potential risks and doubts may arise on the part of creditors on how to counteract the negative effects of opening these proceedings...

Control of Certain Investments: New Protective Provisions
Wardynski & Partners, July 2020

On 19 June 2020, the Parliament adopted “Shield 4.0,” new law of great importance for M&A practice. Shield 4.0 amends the Act on Control of Certain Investments of 24 July 2015 and enters into force on 24 July 2020...

The First COVID-19 Business Interruption Decision Sides In Favor of Insurers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2020

In what appears to be the first substantive dispositive ruling on a COVID-19 related business interruption insurance claim, a Michigan court has dismissed an insured’s business interruption claim, finding that the insured did not suffer a direct physical loss and no insurance coverage exists for the insured’s claim...

OCIE Risk Alert: Key Takeaways and Practical Applications for Hedge Fund Managers
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert entitled Observations from Examinations of Investment Advisers Managing Private Funds (the “Alert”). The Alert focused on three principalcategoriesof deficiencies observed by OCIE staff during examinations of registered investment managers that advise private funds...

 

 

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