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DOD Seeks to Match Investors With Technology Companies
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, April 2020

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is presenting an opportunity for U.S. companies and investors alike: the recently established Trusted Capital Program...

Business Trips to the Czech Republic are Now Allowed from 27 April 2020 - Under what Conditions?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The government has started the announce the dismantling of certain Covid19 measures and from Monday, April 27, 2020, itnow allows business trips for foreigners to the Czech Republic, in respect of which entrepreneurs have been repeatedly demanding. However, it set a number of conditions and rules...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [26 April 2020]
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Below is a summary of new developments and key new measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 19 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, 25 April 2020.I. First Phase of Easing of Lockdown and Movement Restrictions in DubaiThe Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has announced a partial reduction in the restrictions on movement in Dubai starting from Friday 24 April 2020...

Breakthrough Judgement by the Municipal Court in Prague Overturning Major Czech Government COVID Restrictive Measures - 23 April 2020
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

On 23 April 2020, the Municipal Court in Prague issued a judgment upholding the petition for annulment of certain measures of the Ministry of Health issued in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. With effect from 27 April 2020, the Court annulled two extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health of 17 April 2020 and 26 March 2020 on the restriction of retail sales and two extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health of 15 April 2020 and 23 3...

COVID III. Czech Govt. Support Program for SMEs - What are the Plans?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The new COVID Prague program focused on business activities in the Capital City of Prague followed the fate of its predecessors COVID I and COVID II. This means that the available funds were exhausted on the same day as the receipt of applications, which thus ends. The COVID I and COVID II programs are also exhausted. Entrepreneurs thus have no choice but to wait for the announcement of the conditions of the COVID III program...

Czech Real Estate Investment - Potential Abolition of Real Estate Acquisition Tax as a Result of COVID
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The Ministry of Finance proposes the abolition of a 4 percent real estate acquisition tax. The proposal will be discussed on Friday 17 April by the Coalition Council of the Government and the National Economic Council of the Government (NECG)...

Compensation Bonus for Self Employed Persons Affected by the Current COVID-19 Situation - Czech Republic
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The Government recently approved the amendment of the Compensation Bonus Act. This Act, which was published in the Collection of Laws on 14 April 2020, and, with effect from 15 April 2020, introduced another instrument of support for self-employed persons whose business was negatively affected in connection with coronavirus. This extends the period for which the self-employed will be able to claim a bonus...

Extension of the Restriction on the Export and Re-Export of Products for Surgical Use in Costa Rica
BLP, April 2020

The Costa Rica´s General Directorate of Customs issued the statement DGA-010-2020, which expands the list of products for surgical use that have export and re-export restrictions, which they had initially established through directive DGA-003-2020. The products added are as follows: Mono-glasses: Mono-glasses with indirect ventilation, transparent lens, foam covered frame and adjustable headband. Ergonomic and panoramic design. HSC: 9004.90.10.00...

Getting the Global Deal Done Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
MinterEllison, April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having immediate and longer term impacts on the global economy and M&A activity. The crisis has resulted in important changes to the policies, rules and processes to be applied by many foreign investment and competition regulators, including Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)...

Mexico: Extension of the Term of the Extraordinary Measures of the Health Emergency Declaration (COVID-19)
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

We have previously reported on the order that adopted the extraordinary measures under the COVID-19 health emergency declaration, published on March 31, 2020 (the “Order”), and the Technical Guidelines regarding certain essential activities described in Order, published on April 6, 2020...

What can UK-Based (Re)Insurers Currently Providing Cross-Border Services in Hungary do to Prepare for the End of the Implementation Period Set in the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement?
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, April 2020

How can UK-based insurance companies providing cross-border insurance services to Hungary prepare for 1 January 2021 (i.e...

New 90-Day CBP Duty Deferral Option
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, April 2020

The administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a narrow 90-day duty deferral option to help companies cope with the economic effects of COVID-19...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [18 April 2020]
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Below is a summary of key new measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 15 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 12:00 noon on Saturday, 18 April 2020. Dubai’s National Disinfection Programme extended On 17 April 2020, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management extended the 24-hour National Disinfection Programme for another week. The programme, which began on 5 April 2020, was initially scheduled to end on 18 April 2020...

BKPM Regulation No. 1 of 2020: Guidelines on the Provision of Integrated Electronic Business Licensing Services
Makarim & Taira S., April 2020

Overview On 1 April 2020, the Investment Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal – “BKPM”) issued BKPM Regulation No. 1 of 2020 on Guidelines on the Provision of Integrated Electronic Business Licensing Services (“BKPM Reg. 1/2020”).This regulation was issued to improve and streamline the licensing services provided through the Online Single Submission (“OSS”) System, to implement Article 94 (1) of Government Regulation No...

The Change to the Procedure for Case Management of Partnership Cases
Makarim & Taira S., April 2020

On 17 October 2019, the Indonesian Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (“KPPU”) issued KPPU Regulation No. 4 of 2019 on The Procedure for Supervising and the Management of Partnership Cases (“KPPU Reg. 4/2019”) which revoked several previous KPPU regulations, i.e. KPPU Regulation No. 1 of 2017 on The Procedure for the Management of Partnership Cases (as amended) (“KPPU Reg. 1/2017”), and KPPU Regulation No...

New Cost Relief Measures Implemented by UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

The UAE authorities have taken a number of measures to reduce the costs that businesses are facing during the current crisis. We now report on some of the measures that have been introduced, current as of 12:00 noon on Thursday, 16 April 2020. Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) Administrative Resolution No. 92 of 2020 On 14 April 2020, the ADDED issued Administrative Resolution No...

Foreign Direct Investment in the UAE: The Approval of the Positive List
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

On 23 September 2018 Federal Decree-Law 19 of 2018 regarding Foreign Direct Investment (the FDI Law) was issued. Through the FDI Law the foundations were laid for the relaxation of the 51 per cent UAE national ownership requirement for companies incorporated onshore in the UAE...

Trading Agreements and COVID-19: Addressing Force Majeure, Market Disruptions, and Traders Working Remotely
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

The nearly global response to the spread of the deadly Coronavirus has led to governmental authorities at all levels issuing “stay-at-home orders,” “orders to close non-essential businesses,” and bans on gatherings of 10 people or more. The resulting shut-down, as well as the impact of widespread remote-working practices and displacement of personnel, may disrupt or interrupt trading and hedging activity...

COVID-19 Rental of Non-Residential Premises: The Government Proposes Freezing the Possibility to Give Notice for Non-Payment
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The government approved a legislative bill to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on lessees of business premises. The proposal will be discussed at the 44th session of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, which will be held on 7 April 2020...

Credit Financing in the Time of COVID - Basic Impacts on Financing Contracts
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

General questions with respect to the impact of extraordinary measures on contractual relations have been mentionedHERE, in relation to financing contracts there are certain specifics, the basic outline of which is set forth in this note...

Impact of Coronavirus on Landlords
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

  Like other taxpayers, landlords are currently exposed to various economic pressures. On one hand, they have to cover the expenses related to their property, but on the other hand they often do not receive rent from tenants who have had to restrict their operations because of the government measures against the coronavirus...

What Impact do the New Tax Measures have on VAT Payers' Obligations in the COVID-19 Era?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

  VAT payers, who have monthly obligations, may no longer be oriented in the flood of newly adopted tax measures to help taxpayers to overcome the current situation caused by the spread of the coronavirus. For this reason, we provide a brief overview of the tax measures specifically related to VAT and add some important remarks that should be kept in mind...

Measures to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19 on the Tourism Sector – Rescheduling of a Package Tour
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

  On 6 April 2020, the Government approved a bill on certain measures to mitigate the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic on the tourism sector. On 8 April 2020, the bill will be discussed by the Chamber of Deputies Committee for Public Administration and Regional Development and subsequently by the Chamber of Deputies. The Act applies to package tours starting on 20 February 2020 through to 31 August 2020...

COVID II Programme - Government Financial Support for Self-Employed and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

Aid for self-employed persons and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by anti-coronavirus measures pursuant to the Czech Government’s 'COVID GUARANTEE' programme was exhausted in one day. On Monday, March 30, 2020, the terms and conditions of the follow-up COVID II program will be published, in which CZK 5 billion should be available. The rush of applications is expected, so action needs to be taken quickly and not delayed...

State of COVID Emergency Conditions -What Does "State of Emergency" Actually Mean and What are the Powers of the Government in the Regard?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

What does "state of emergency" actually meanand what are the powers of the Government in the regard? Can someone claim damages incurred in relation to the state of emergency? State of Emergency With effect from 12 March 2020 at 2 pm, the Government of the Czech Republic (the “Government”) has declared a state of emergency for 30 days for the territory of the Czech Republic due to health threats related to the presence of coronavirus in the Czech Republic (Governme



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