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New EU Rules to Protect Strategic Companies
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, May 2020

“We continue to work closely with Member States to ensure that European businesses have access to urgently needed liquidity”, said the vice-president of the European Commission (“Commission”) Margrethe Vestager in connection with the amendment to the Temporary Framework on State aid adopted on 8 May 2020...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [7 May 2020]
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

Below is a summary of key new measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 30 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 12:00 noon on Thursday, 7 May 2020.   I. Economic Relief Measures A...

Cross-Border Tax-Related COVID-19 Relief
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 21, 2020, the IRS released a much-awaited package of guidance in the cross-border tax space that provides relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance relates to (1) day-counting for both tax residency purposes and certain treaty positions, (2) the ability of taxpayers to claim the foreign-earned income exclusion, and (3) carrying on a U.S. trade or business...

COVID-19: The European Commission issues Guidance on the use of the FDI Screening Regulation
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, May 2020

The Commission has for some time now been focusing on acquisitions of EU companies active in critical industries, especially those that are State-owned, by non-EU companies. In order to control them, it has adopted a foreign direct investment (“FDI”) screening coordination mechanism by virtue of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 (“FDI Screening Regulation”)...

New Temporary Measures Implemented by the National Institute of Industrial Property (CLPTO) due to National Pandemic Contingency for COVID-19
Carey, May 2020

On April 30, 2020, the CLPTO announced the temporary application of new measures issued in relation to deadlines, procedures and legal requirements in administrative and contentious processes, with the aim of facilitating the compliance of legal obligations by applicants and users. Previously, the CLPTO had granted ex officio, through the Exempt Resolution No...

DMCC: Expanding the Scope of a Service License
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

A DMCC licensed company holding a valid service license (with one or more of the Eligible Service Activities (identified below)) can apply to the DMCC for a no objection certificate (NOC) to operate/conduct business onshore (i.e. in mainland Dubai outside of the boundaries of the DMCC free zone). The NOC, in itself, is not sufficient to operate onshore. The applicant company will also be required to obtain a permit from the local licensing authority (i.e...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [1 May 2020]
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

Below is a summary of key new measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 25 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 30 April 2020.I. Economic Relief MeasuresA. Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) announces further incentives to support businessesOn 29 April 2020 the ADGM Registration Authority enacted incentives for new businesses, aimed at supporting the establishment of their operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic...

Foreign Investments from Third Countries. A Change in the European Optics?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic situation has emerged as more than just a healthcare crisis. Accordingly, the focus is to address and anticipate at the same time the economic and social implications which are still at an early stage. What we are rapidly starting to acknowledge is that the circumstances created by the pandemic have revealed legislative gaps and vulnerabilities, which need to be addressed in order to avoid further negative impacts to the extent possible...

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 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...

 

 

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