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National Security & Investment Bill
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The UK Government has published the National Security and Investment Bill – a proposed law that will introduce a screening process for certain acquisitions and investments and which is expected to come into force as early as April 2021. The National Security and Investment Bill has now had its second reading and is expected to come into force as early as April 2021. We take a look at what it will cover...

How Could Cryptocurrency Affect Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Earlier this month, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla, the electric car company run by the world's richest person, had bought $1.5bn (£1.1bn) in bitcoin and might soon also accept payment in the popular but controversial cryptocurrency. News of Tesla’s investment boosted bitcoin, and while lately it dropped from its record high, it appears to be rebounding. Cryptocurrency investment continues to move into the mainstream as global interest rates remain at record lows...

UnMasked: A Generational Shift in Attitudes About Racial Inequity, Diversity And The Unique Implications for Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

This week, Westlaw Today published an article by Dinsmore partner J.T. Wilson III about the generational shift in attitudes toward racial equity in light of George Floyd's death and about how business owners and employers must react accordingly...

Bid Protests in New York
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Bradley attorneys Aron Beezley and Nathaniel Greeson highlight the administrative bid protest landscape in New York given the state's abundant acquisition economy. New York state's budget is the second largest in the country, and with it, New York has some of the most developed state acquisition laws and procedures in the country. Accordingly, New York provides comparatively robust bid protest rights when it comes to state-level bid protests...

Administrative Step or Aggressive Movement? Revenue’s Announcement on Centralisation and Dispersal of Certain Categories of Corporate and Non-Corporate Taxpayers’ Files
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (Revenue)’s press release of 13 January 2021 announced the Revenue’s implementation of centralisation and dispersal of tax files for taxpayers of certain categories, with effect from 1 January 2021...

Legal Developments in the Philippines: Focus on Data Privacy, Digital Banks and FinTech
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

This bulletin is on recent Philippine legal developments in data privacy, fintech and digital banks. PRIVACY UPDATE Caring about Sharing: New Rules on Data Sharing Agreements On December 23, 2020, the Philippine data privacy regulator, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Circular No. 2020-03 on data sharing agreements (2020 DSA Circular).1 The circular supersedes NPC Circular No...

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) – AML/CFT Regtech: Case Studies and Insights
Deacons, February 2021

The HKMA published a report titled “AML/CFT Regtech: Case Studies and Insights” highlighting the opportunities that Regtech offers to transform the effectiveness and efficiency of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (“AML/CFT”) efforts, and sharing end-to-end approaches which worked in real-life examples...

Financial Stability Institute (“FSI”) Publishes Bank for International Settlement (“BIS”) Research Paper on Fintech Regulation
Deacons, February 2021

The FSI has published the BIS’s research paper titled “Fintech regulation: how to achieve a level playing field” in February 2021 (the “Paper”). The Paper explores how regulation should evolve to encourage fair competition between traditional banks and new fintech and big tech players...

New Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“ASIFMA”) Report on Data Challenges and Opportunities for ESG and Sustainable Finance in APAC
Deacons, February 2021

ASIFMA, together with the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance, published a paper entitled “Data Challenges and Opportunities for ESG and Sustainable Finance in Asia Pacific” – a result of a year-long review of sustainability data challenges facing the industry in the Asia Pacific...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, February 2021

1. Historic: First vaccine administered in Colombia. A nurse in the Caribbean region of Sincelejo was the first Colombian to be vaccinated in the country. The original plan had been to begin the nationwide vaccination program on Saturday (February 20), but things have moved faster. Sincelejo and Montería began vaccinating today. Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga and Cartagena begin tomorrow...

Lao PDR: New Taxpayer Identification Numbers (“TIN”) for Individuals
DFDL, February 2021

On 10 February 2021, the Ministry of Finance has issued a Notification (? 0831/MoF) regarding the issuance of Taxpayer Identification Numbers (“TIN“) for individuals...

Good Governance in Farming Businesses
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Post-Brexit, it’s now even more important for farming families to understand how changes to direct payments and valuation of farmland can affect succession, asset protection and family disputes. We explain what you need to know. Leaving the EU resulted in the UK leaving the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which paid farmers direct payments and has been a significant source of income for many farmers...

Hong Kong SFC Licensing and Compliance Hints: Protecting Client Assets
Deacons, February 2021

As mentioned in our article published on 3 April 2020, the deadline for compliance with the Securities and Futures Commission’s (SFC’s) circular of 8 July 2019 on new measures to protect client assets (Circular) was extended to 31 January 2021. With these new measures in place, intermediaries are now required to obtain confirmation from authorised institutions (AIs) (i.e...

SFC Guidance on the Appointment of Multiple Custodians and Custody Procedures for Open-Ended Fund Companies
Deacons, February 2021

On 23 December 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to Open-ended Fund Companies (OFCs) on matters related to custodians and the custody of assets and records of the OFC. Appointment of multiple custodians Under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, all scheme property of an OFC must be entrusted to a custodian of the OFC for safekeeping...

Mainland China briefing: Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau sign MoU for the Greater Bay Area Wealth Management Connect Scheme
Deacons, February 2021

On 5 February 2021, financial authorities in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, including the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM), jointly signed a memorandum of understa

Welcome Home, Offshore Funds!
Deacons, February 2021

Hong Kong will soon allow re-domiciliation of existing offshore funds through amendments to the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO) for open-ended fund companies (OFCs) and the Limited Partnership Fund Ordinance (LPFO) for limited partnership funds (LPFs)...

VAT Reverse Charge to Apply from 1 March 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The VAT domestic reverse charge - referred to below as the reverse charge - is a major change to the way VAT will be collected in the building and construction industry. The reverse charge regime will come into effect on 1 March 2021 and will in many instances require customers receiving building and construction services to pay the VAT due directly to HMRC, instead of paying the supplier. This is a fundamental change to the way in which VAT is administered on construction contracts...

Social Bonds Are All The Rage: How to Credibly Attain The Coveted Designation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

Social bonds, which raise funds for new or existing projects seeking to address social issues, continue to soar in popularity among investors – but how is “social bond” designation achieved? The primary criteria for social bond designation is established by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHA, VA, USDA Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria, and Forbearance Application Deadline, Extended to June 30; Current List of Time Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and West Coast States Foreclosures and Evictions, and Forbearance Applications
Buchalter, February 2021

  Following last week’s FHFA announcement extending the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac foreclosure and eviction moratoria and their deadlines for applying for COVID-related forbearance, the White House announced on February 16 that FHA, VA, and USDA will extend their single-family residential foreclosure and eviction moratoria, and their deadlines for applying for COVID-related forbearance, to June 30, 2021...

Tax: Amber Warning for Those Contemplating Divorce or Separation
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

We've become familiar with the Met Office issuing “traffic light” warnings about potentially disruptive weather. Couples contemplating divorce or separation could face similarly rough going when it comes to their tax affairs, especially Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when property or a business is involved. The alert level right now would be considered “amber” - think before you separate as you might not be able to complete a settlement in time for this tax year...

Shearn Delamore Legal Update February 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

DISPUTE RESOLUTION Wide order of injunction sought against online marketplace operator refused in the High Court E-commerce has become an indispensable part of the country’s economy particularly with the Covid-19 pandemic. With its growing demand come legal challenges which are novel to Malaysia. Recently, our Dispute Resolution Partners K...

Golden Visa: Changes to the Rules on Obtaining a Residence Permit for Investment in Portugal
PLMJ, February 2021

The reasons for the changes to the Golden visa rules: A legislative authorisation in the 2020 State Budget 2020 authorised the Government to review the rules on residence permits for investment provided for in Law 23/2007 of 4 July by the end of 2020. The aim is to encourage investment in inland areas, urban regeneration, cultural heritage, activities of high environmental or social value, and productive investment and job creation...

Payment to Non-Residents of Canada: How Can the Multilateral Instrument (MLI) be Applied?
Lavery Lawyers, February 2021

The internationalization of trade has led to an increase in payments made by Canadian companies to non-residents of Canada, which are most of the time subject to Canadian withholding taxes. Canadian payers must ensure that they withhold the correct percentage of Canadian tax on such payments, as they are liable to the tax authorities for any failures on their part in this regard...

Cambodia: Flow Meters on Beer Production to Encourage Tax Compliance
DFDL, February 2021

On 14 January 2021, the Ministry of Economy and Finance issued Prakas No. 010 on “the Local Manufacturers Obligation to place devices for measuring the volume of beer and non-alcoholic drinks” (“Prakas 010”). The purpose of Prakas 010 is to establish rules and procedures for managing the use of devices which measure the volume of beer, and/or non-alcoholic beverages that are produced locally...

Clarity on B-BBEE Annual Reporting Obligations for JSE-Listed Companies, But More is Needed
ENSafrica, February 2021

Over the last few years, companies listed on both the primary and secondary market of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”), have been obliged to comply with increasingly onerous and often unclear reporting obligations in respect of the status of their transformation. On 3 February 2021, the B-BBEE Commission offered some clarity, however, there are still uncertainties that need to be addressed for many JSE-listed companies to overcome reporting challenges...

 

 

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