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COVID-19: Protection of Employees’ Health and Other Impacts on Businesses
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, March 2020

The sudden rise in the number Covid-19 (“Coronavirus”) cases in Lombardy and other Italian Regions has prompted the relevant governmental authorities to adopt urgent measures to prevent and limit the spread of the virus, and this is starting to have an impact on the economy. In connection with these measures, on 31 January Italian government has declared a six-month state of emergency, which expires on 31 July 2020 (unless it is extended)...

Government Measures to Support Businesses During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, March 2020

With the economy facing downward pressure, the Hong Kong Government is rolling out various supporting and funding measures to help enterprises. The $30 billion HK$ Anti-epidemic Fund The Legislative Council Finance Committee approved the $30 billion Anti-epidemic Fund on 21 February 2020, more than half of which - HK$16.9 billion - will serve as one-off cash injections to retailers, food and beverages service providers, start-ups and other businesses...

Italian Port reform. Reorganization, rationalization and simplification of port authorities and additional projects for the renewal of ports and logistics in Italy
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, March 2016

1. Introduction  On 21st January 2016, the Italian Cabinet gave the green light for the “Reorganization, rationalization and simplification of Port Authorities” decree (the “Ports Decree”), which reviews a system which has been in place for over 20 years. The Ports Decree is part of the re-launch of ports and logistics in Italy promoted by the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport (“MIT”)...

Commercial Relationships Between Turkey and Italy.
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, October 2015

Italy and Turkey have had a strong and well-established economic partnership for decades, with a turnover of about USD 20 billion in 2014 and investment by Italian companies in Turkey in 2014 of around USD 4.5 billion...

Protection of the Purchaser of Shares/Interest in Italy: A Significant Step Forward
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, March 2015

A country’s competitiveness depends in part on its capacity to attract foreign investorsinterested in the acquisition of local companies...

New IVASS Regulation on simplification measures for contractual relationships
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, March 2015

On 3 March 2015 IVASS published Regulation No.8 (the “Regulation”) on the simplification of procedures and requirements in the relationship between insurance companies, intermediaries and clients, implementing section 22, paragraph 15 bis, of Law Decree of 18 October 2012,No. 179, converted into Law No. 221 dated 17 December 2012...

Insurance services: Nnovelties Introduced by the “Liberalization Decree”
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, January 2012

Within the scope of the measures intended to promote the competition and liberalization of the business activities approved by the Council of Ministers on January 20, 2012, are included, among other things, special provisions concerning the performance of insurance services which introduce relevant amendmentsto the Legislative Decree No. 209 of September 7, 2005 (“Insurance Code”)...

China’s Agricultural Sector: the Big Opportunity
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, August 2011

The sustained growth in China’s primary sector[1] means for many international companies it is no longer a question of “should we go to China?” but rather “how to face the Chinese market?” This newsletter provides a brief outline of China’s primary sector and relevant regulations, as well as highlighting important risks and opportunities. 1. China’s primary sectorThe potential for further growth in China’s primary sector is immense: of China’s 1...

Industrial Design Protection: News and Reassessment
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, August 2011

A new change in the Italian regulation of the industrial design has been recently introduced by section 8, paragraph 10, of Law Decree no. 70 of May 13, 2011 (“First urgent provisions for the economy”), aimed at restricting the temporary protection granted to industrial design works under copyright law under section 239 of the Industrial Property Code (Legislative Decree no. 30 of February 10, 2005, as amended by Legislative Decree no...

The Administrative Procedure for Opposition Against Italian and International Trademark Applications
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, July 2011

The Ministerial Decree of the Italian Minister for the Economic Development dated May 11, 2011 (the “Decree”) has at long last implemented in Italy the administrative procedure for opposition against Italian and International trademark applications...

China's Luxury Sector: Is the Open Door About to Get Wider?
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, June 2011

Chinese authorities may soon make another significant step in China’s shift from being the global manufacturing hub to becoming the world’s biggest consumers market. During a press conference held in Beijing last 15 June, Yao Jian, the spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced the upcoming reduction of import duties on luxury goods...

Bank of Italy Approves New Regulations after the European Directive 2010/76/EC 2011
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, May 2011

On 30 March 2011, Bank of Italy published a set of supervisory provisions concerning banks’ remuneration and incentive policies and practices (the “New Regulations”) with the purpose to implement the European Directive 2010/76/EC of 24 November 2010 (“Capital Requirements Directive III” or “CRD III Directive”)...

New Decree on Incentive Tariffs for Photovoltaic Plants from 1st June 2011
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, May 2011

On 5th May 2011, the Italian Government approved the much¨Cexpected Ministerial Decree (the ¡°Decree¡±), establishing new tariffs for photovoltaic plants (¡°Photovoltaic Plants¡±) entering into operation from 1st June 2011 and until 31st December 2016. The Decree was published in the Official Gazette on 12th May 2011 and entered in force on 13th May 2011...

Latest news on Italian Investment Funds
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, May 2011

Latest news on Italian Investment Funds: Italian Government withdraws proposed regulatory changes affecting real estate and private estate equity funds and adopts new taxation scheme for investors in real estate funds...

The New Resolutions of the Italian Media Authority on the Audiovisual Media Services via the Internet
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, February 2011

The AGCOM (the Italian Media Authority) has recently published (on December 28th, 2010) two resolutions concerning the broadcasting services of audio and/or video contents (so-called “audiovisual media services”) in “linear” mode (“streaming” or “simulcast” services: Resolution n...

Assessment of Buyer Power in Recent Market Investigations and Mergers for the Markets of Retail Distributions
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, September 2010

   Interest about the relevance of buyer power for competition has been growing in the last decades, as the markets of retail distribution were subject to a process of consolidation, if at different speed, in most European countries...

Legal Update - Corporate. Mergers & Acquisitions
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, April 2010

Legislative Developments In July 2009, new rules came into force in Italy concerning class actions brought by consumers and final users who are the victims of unfair trade practices or anti-competitive conduct. Under the new rules, collective damages actions may be brought either by individual class members or by associations empowered by them or committees of which they are members for claims based on breaches of competition law...

Getting the Deal Through – Product Liability 2009
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, May 2009

1. The court system What is the structure of the civil court system? In Italy there are three levels of courts: first-instance courts (justices of the peace and tribunals); second-instance courts (courts of appeal for judgments rendered by tribunals, and tribunals for judgments rendered by justices of the peace); and the Court of Cassation (Supreme Court)...



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