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International Arbitration and Financial Institutions - Current Status and the Path Ahead
Vouga Abogados, July 2019

 Eusebio Olindo López Samudio (*)  Traditionally financial institutions have preferred litigation over international arbitration. The reasons are many, but they are mainly related to the fact that arbitrators generally lack the power to render summary judgments, to grant interim measures, and that there is no precedent in international arbitration...

New Pharmacist's Guidelines for Advertisement in Brazil
Veirano Advogados, January 2019

The Federal Council of Pharmacy published Resolution No. 658/2018 to regulate publicity, advertisement and announcement of activities related to the pharmaceutical profession. Such include any disclosure arising or promoted by pharmacists, regardless of the means of communication...

Dispute Between Two Popular Ride-Sharing Companies in Brazil Reinforces That Comparative Advertising is Not Illegal
Veirano Advogados, January 2019

The dispute between ride sharing companies Uber and 99 is increasingly fierce. Now the main stage is Rio de Janeiro. In May 2018, Uber filed a lawsuit against 99 in the city, claiming misleading advertising. Less than two months ago, 99 began an aggressive discount campaign in the city to promote the 99Pop service in Rio, competing directly with Uber...

Law No. 21,121 Amends Rules Relating to Corruption and Other Crimes, Incorporates New Criminal Conducts, and Expands Criminal Liability of Legal Entities
Carey, January 2019

Law No. 21,121 (the “Law”), which came into force on November 20, 2018, amends the Criminal Code, Law No. 20,393 on Criminal Liability of Legal Entities, and Law No. 19,913 on Money Laundering, in connection with various criminal conducts relating to corruption and conflicts of interest. The following is a summary of the main aspects of the Law: 1.Domestic Passive and Active Bribery...

Changes to Rules on Occupational Safety and Health in Mining Activities
Veirano Advogados, January 2019

On December 19th, 2018, the Ministry of Labor published Ordinance No. 1,085/2018, for the purpose of amending Regulation No. 22 ("NR-22"), which regulates aspects related to the mining sector occupational safety and health. The reformed NR-22 therefore brings changes to the sections regarding the Disposal of Tailings, Wastes and Products and the Emergency Response Plan, within the framework of the National Policy on Dams Safety ("PNSB")...

End to Foreign Ownership Cap of Brazilian Airlines
Veirano Advogados, December 2018

The Brazilian Federal Government recently published Medida Provisória No. 863/2018 ("MP 863/18"), a new rule that amends Federal Law No. 7,565, of December 19, 1986 (Brazilian Aviation Code) and lifts the existing restrictions to foreign capital shareholding in Brazilian air transportation companies. As a result, foreign investors are from now on able to hold up to one hundred percent (100%) of the voting capital of Brazilian airlines...

Amendment of The General Rules on Sales at a Loss and Removal of Franchiser and Distance Sales Company Registers
Veirano Advogados, December 2018

The government has approved, by royal decree-law, a legal reform introducing a number of changes to the Retail Trade Law. Royal Decree-Law 20/2018, of December 7, 2018, on urgent measures to foster economic competitiveness in the industrial and trading sectors in Spain, published in the Official State Gazette last Saturday, December 8, amends Retail Trade Law 7/1996, of January 15,1996...

The Potential Impact of Blockchain and Smart Contracts on the Chilean Telecommunication
Carey, October 2018

Although blockchain and smart contracts are young, still-evolving and need to be tested and improved, they are already promising a revolution in different areas of the economy, and this is not unfounded; both could bring huge improvements across many areas. Imagine being able to get a mortgage, buy an apartment and get the relevant records immediately registered under your name with no need to make legal reviews of these transactions in just one click...

The Halal Market and Agribusiness Investment
Veirano Advogados, July 2018

The international trading market is currently quite favorable to commodity-producing countries such as Brazil. In recent months, the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks daily the performance of main commodities, closed at US$89.49, 1.5% higher than it was at lhe end of 2017 and 6.73% higher than it was 12 months ago...

Patents for Inventions Related to Zika Virus, Chikungunya Virus, and Rare Diseases may have Fast-Track Examination at the BPTO
Veirano Advogados, July 2018

Resolution number 217/2018 was published in the Brazilian PTO’s Official Bulletin number 2470, and amends Resolution number 80/2013, which refers to the fast-track examination for patent applications related to products, pharmaceutical processes, equipment and materials related to public health, aiming to accelerate patent applications considered strategic to the Brazilian Public Healthcare System...

New System of Processing Customs Destination Certificates for Medical Devices Without a Sanitary Registration
Carey, July 2018

In recent months a Customs Destination Certificate (CDA, in its Spanish acronym) will be required for medical devices1that do not have a sanitary registration to be imported into Chile. The CDA must be requested and obtained by the importer through the Institute of Public Health’s (ISP, id.) GICONA 2.0 electronic platform, and will require the payment of an official fee corresponding to the service code 4111027, “Customs Destination Certificate, law 18,164”...

ANTAQ Adapts Rules for Construction and Exploration of Private-Use Terminal
Veirano Advogados, May 2018

Earlier this year, the National Agency of Waterway Transports (ANTAQ) published Normative Resolution No. 20, which approves new rules for the authorization for the construction and exploration of private-use terminal (TUP), cargo transhipment station (ETC), small-size public port facility (IP4) and tourism port facility (IPTur), revoking Resolution No. 3,290. The new rules aim at adjusting the requirements and proceedings applicable by ANTAQ to the changes introduced by Decree No...

Self-regulation and the Financial Self-Regulation Committee
Carey, March 2018

As the Commission for the Financial Market (the “Commission”) came into full force this January (read previous news alert here), the regulation of the Chilean financial market took a step forward in terms of institutionalism and modernization. In this context, one of the changes introduced by Law No. 21,000 (the “Law”), that created the Commission, is the self-regulation of entities in the financial market...

Law that Introduces Modifications to the Regulatory Framework that Rules Water on Inspection and Sanctions Matters
Carey, February 2018

Earlier this year, and five years after being presented before the National Congress, Law 21,064 that “Introduces modifications to the regulatory framework that rules water on inspection and sanctions matters”, was enacted and published in the Official Gazette (Bulletin 8149-09) (the Law). The main modifications introduced by the Law to the current regulatory framework are the following: 1...

COLOMBIA: Legal Developments In Customs & Foreign Trade
Brigard Urrutia, February 2018

Last year the Colombian Congress issued Law 1841, which incorporated the Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) between Colombia and Israel into the Colombian legal system. Currently, the law approving the Treaty is under review by the Colombian Constitutional Court for its definitive entry into force...

Insurance, Reinsurance & Pension Funds
Veirano Advogados, February 2018

Legal entities that contract insurance to protect their own assets qualify as consumers within the meaning of the consumer code, says the brazilian Superior Court of Justice (STJ) "[...] the legal entity that takes out insurance seeking to protect its own assets shall be end user of insurance services, thus calling for the application in its favor of the rules provided for in the Consumer Code...

New Decree on Healthy Life Habits Enters Into Force
Carey, December 2017

Earlier this year, Decree No. 1 of the Ministry of Health (herein, the "Decree") was published on the Official Gazette. The Decree sets forth the graphic characteristics of the message for the promotion of healthy life habits that must be included in the advertisement of foodstuff products established in Article 5 of Law No. 20,606 -those that qualify as "High in" one or more critical nutrients- made through mass communication...

Development of Latin America Through Foreign Trade and Investment
Brigard Urrutia, November 2017

Latin America’s current economic growth levels are among the world’s highest, and the region is preparing its regulations to meet new economic challenges. As such, the fostering of foreign trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) is important to increase GDP growth, create job opportunities, and improve logistics and production...

New Regulations for Submission of PPPs Projects
Bustamante & Bustamante Law Firm, July 2017

The Interinstitutional Committee for PPP has enacted new regulations for submission of PPPs Projects for its analysis and approval. This new regulation contains the minimum requirements and guidelines that a PPP Project must fulfill to obtain the prior authorization of the Interinstitutional Committee for PPP, before the public entity initiates the bidding process...

Supreme Decree N° 2954 on Integral Waste Management
C.R. & F. Rojas Abogados, July 2017

Congress approved Supreme Decree Nº 2954, on Integral Waste Management (the “Regulation”) within the framework of article 344 of the Constitution, which provides that the State shall regulate the internment, production, commercialization and use of techniques, methods, input materials and substances that affect health and the environment...

Brazil: The IDB and Halal food
Veirano Advogados, July 2017

Brazil has a very small Muslim community. In any event, this is a country which, despite economic and/or political crises, foreign investors are always looking at. At this moment, one can see foreign investors acquiring assets in Brazil because of their low prices...

Suspension and/or Blocking for the Access to Forest Origin Document - FOD Module
Veirano Advogados, July 2017

The Federal Environmental Agency (“IBAMA”) published Ordinance No. 01/2017, which provides for the improvement and unification of the procedures of suspension and/or blocking of the access to the Forest Origin Document (“FOD”) module.  FOD is an instrument of the National Control System of the Origin of Forest Products (“SINAFLOR”) for the control of transportation and storage of forest products.  In this sense, Ordinance No...

New Procurement Rules for Argentina's Federal Public Administration
Beccar Varela, July 2017

The purpose of this article is to highlight the principal changes to the rules and procedures governing national public procurements in Argentina, introduced by Decree 1030/2016. The new Regulation does not introduce substantial changes to its predecessor, although it does include some relevant modifications.   Introduction In September 2016, the government of Argentina modified some of the rules and procedures governing national public procurement...

Bidding Process for PPP Project, Port Providencia (Manta-Manaos International Route)
Bustamante & Bustamante Law Firm, June 2017

The Ministry of Transport and Public Works (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte) of Ecuador, which is entitled of the management of the ports had issued the invitation to the public bidding process...

Chile - Investing, The Private Equity Review - Edition 6
Carey, June 2017

I OVERVIEW The private equity industry has continued to develop in Chile but at rates lower than in previous years. Growth rates of 2.1 per cent for the year ended 31 December 2015 and an expected rate of 1.6 per cent for the year ended 31 December 2016 have certainly affected the investment activity generally. Chile continues to offer, however, an attractive business environment and a stable legal framework...

 

 

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