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Maritime industry ready and Fit for 55 – vol. 2: The FuelEU Maritime Initiative
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, October 2021

The Fit for 55-package To achieve EU’s Paris climate goals, the EU Commission presented in December 2019 the European Green Deal, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and become carbon neutral by 2050...

Singapore and the pandemic
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2021

In January 2020 the first signs of Covid-19 were of a commercial nature. Business activity related to China – which is a large part of the maritime industry in Asia – started slowing down considerably. Projects experienced delays, new ventures were postponed and a general slowdown could be felt throughout the maritime business world. As February and March came around, the first Covid-19 cases started being reported in Singapore...

Maritime Industry Ready and Fit for 55 – Vol. 1: The Emission Trading System
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2021

The Fit for 55-package To achieve EU’s Paris climate goals, the EU Commission presented in December 2019 the European Green Deal, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and become carbon neutral by 2050...

Dramatic Changes proposed to Norway’s Petroleum Tax Regime
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2021

Last night, only days ahead of a general election the minority Government in Norway is likely not to win, a proposal for dramatic changes to the upstream petroleum tax regime. It was announced at 18.00 hours Oslo time in a hastily called press conference by the Minister of Finance Mr Sanner (Conservative) and the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ms Bru (Conservative)...

An Introduction to the Government’s New Aquaculture Strategy
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, August 2021

The objectives in brief The Government would like to see the aquaculture industry grow, provided that it can do so in a sustainable manner. Statistics produced by the Directorate of Fisheries show that Norway produced and sold a total of just under 1.5 million tonnes of rainbow trout, trout and Atlantic salmon in 2020...

Barcelona Bedlam
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, August 2021

When I was a young lawyer working for the Norwegian Competition Authority, a complaint was received that gave rise to some amusement among the staff at the authority. The complainant argued that the Norwegian football club Viking FK’s signing of the half-decent footballer Ragnvald Soma from rivalling club SK Brann constituted an infringement of Norwegian competition law. Nowadays, competition law in football is no longer a laughing matter...

Norwegian Legal Update, Summer 2021 – ESG Compliance
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

What is to come: new ESG reporting requirements Norway introduced legislation presenting social reporting requirements already in 2013 through the introduction of section 3-3 of the Norwegian Accounting Act in anticipation of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive 2014/95 (NFRD)...

A Banking and Financing Summary after a Hectic Period
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

We have this year assisted with numerous new financings, covering everything from new bank syndicates, refinancings, direct lending and bond loans. It has in periods been especially hectic within the shipping, aviation and renewable energy sectors. On the regulatory side, we have had a particular focus on the LIBOR transition...

End of the Lundbeck Saga and New Rules for Medical Devices in Norway
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

In 2013, the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, which at the time only held limited secondary patents related to certain antidepressants, was fined EUR 93.7 million by the European Commission for having entered into settlement agreements in 2002 whereby Lundbeck paid generic manufacturers for not challenging its patents. The payments corresponded to the profits that the generic manufacturers could have made if they had successfully entered the market...

Civil Proceedings: Questions Going Forward after the Pandemic
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

When the lockdown was a fact in March 2020, Norwegian courts demonstrated a great willingness to keep the wheels of the Norwegian litigation system going by rapidly transitioning to conducting court hearings through video meetings, and by resolving a larger number of cases through written proceedings. The question going forward is whether experiences gained through the pandemic should change how civil procedures are conducted, and if so, what these changes should be...

Foundations with Taxable Activities must According to a New Law Proposal Organize its Taxable Activities in Subsidiaries
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, June 2021

The term «næringsdrivende» (business activity) in the Norwegian Foundation Act shall be understood as activity with taxable profit («erverv til formål») The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries’ work on amending the Norwegian Foundation Act has been going on for several years, cf. proposals for a new Foundation Act in the NOU 2016: 21. Further law amendment proposals have now been proposed in a public hearing...

New Standard Contractual Clauses and Data Processing Agreement from the EU Commission
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, June 2021

On 4 June, the European Commission adopted new standard contractual clauses («SCC»), which replaces previous standard clauses for the transfer of personal data to countries outside the EEA (third countries). In addition, the Commission has for the first time adopted a standard data processor agreement governing the data processor’s processing of personal data on behalf of the data controller...

Can an Employee Demand to Have the Summer Holiday Postponed Pending Vaccine and Corona Certificate?
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, June 2021

Introduction The Covid-19 vaccine is currently being rolled out, and according to the authorities’ vaccination-plan, a large part of the population will receive their first dose during the summer months. As a rule, one must take the vaccine in one’s own home municipality, and not in the municipality where one has a summer house etc. In addition, the authorities are working on a corona certificate...

Electronic Ship Registration in NIS/NOR
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, May 2021

Electronic registration The Norwegian Maritime Authority («NMA«) has developed a new system for electronic ship registration and has proposed certain amendments to the Norwegian Maritime Code and appurtenant regulations. The amendments are currently circulated in a memo subject to public hearing...

Details About the Proposal for Changes in Taxation of Options for Employees in Start Ups
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, May 2021

Before going into the details of the proposal it should be mentioned that the actual rules of the proposal were not presented in the revised budget. The government stated that they aim to present the rules in the budget for 2022. The rules will also be subject to a hearing round and since the scheme constitutes state aid in accordance with the rules in the EEA Agreement, they will also require notification to and approval from ESA before implementation...

Amalgamation of GIEK and Export Credit Norway into Export Finance Norway
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, May 2021

The purpose of the amalgamation is to enhance quality and efficiency and is not intended to represent a change in the Norwegian export finance policy. The financing schemes and services currently available will therefore continue also after the amalgamation. Export Finance Norway will be a part of the Norwegian State...

Fault-Based Liability Ruled a Requirement for Enterprise Penalty
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, May 2021

General about enterprise penalty In relation to the previous section on enterprise penalty as enshrined in section 48a of the 1902 Penal Code, discussion were had as to whether there was a requirement of Fault-based liability in the provision. In the preparatory work on section 27 of the new Penal Code, this was discussed in depth, after which it in Ot.prp. no. 27, 90 (2003-2004) s. 242 was clearly stated that the new provision should not have such a requirement...

Norwegian Data Protection Authority Intends to Issue € 2.5 Million Fine to Disqus Inc.
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, May 2021

Background Disqus is an American company offering online public comment sharing services. These services were previously used by various Norwegian online newspapers. The Data Protection Authority has investigated whether Disqus has been sharing information about the users of the comment sections with marketing companies, without the knowledge of neither the users nor the owners of the online newspapers, and in breach of the GDPR...

Employee Board-Level Representation
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, February 2021

Introduction The employee’s right to be represented on the Board of Directors («BoD») is governed in the Limited Liability Companies Act (Nw: aksjeloven) and the Public Limited Liability Companies Act (Nw: allmennaksjeloven). We will in the following refer to the Limited Liability Companies Act («the Company Act»), as the wording is the same...

Direct Action Claims in Norway – Norwegian Courts Maintain Legal Venue for Claims against Owners that are Joined in Legal Action against Norwegian P&I Clubs
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, February 2021

The ongoing court action, often referred to as the «Stolt Commitment Case», was commenced in the aftermath of a collision between MV «Thorco Cloud» and MV «Stolt Commitment» outside Singapore in 2015. MV «Stolt Commitment» was owned by a Dutch company, and was flying Cayman Island flag...

The First ‘MeToo’ Case before the Supreme Court
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, February 2021

1. Background to the case The case concerned a young, female employee in a mechanical workshop, who felt she had been sexually harassed by two of the enterprise’s customers. Customer No 1 had on one occasion, while the female employee was sitting on the floor in a forward-leaning position, performing work, put his hands on her lower back, under her top...

The BIMCO Ship Sale Agreement – A New Form of Standard?
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

Background BIMCO has circulated a Consultation Draft of a new Ship Sale Agreement (the «SSA»). For some time now, there has been a predominant standard form of vessel sale. With its origins back to 1925, developed by the Norwegian Shipbrokers’ Association and available through Bimco, it is still referred to as the Norwegian Saleform (or NSF) despite its recent rebranding as «Saleform 2012»...

Year in Review: Financial Regulation
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

General Since the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) was introduced in 2010, several legislative acts have been adopted in the EU without being incorporated into the EEA-agreement.  This is mainly due to Norwegian constitutional issues. These constitutional issues were resolved in 2018, and as result, a huge backlog of EU legislative acts needs to be incorporated into the EEA-agreement and transposed into Norwegian law...

Year in Review: Dispute Resolution
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

To avoid a complete halt in critical functions in society, the government proposed a new law, the Corona Law, which provided the government with the authority to give regulations that were contradictory to statutory law. The most prominent feature on the field of litigation was the court’s new ability to decide that an oral hearing should be held by the use of videoconference. Furthermore, the Supreme Court also showed their ability to adapt quickly to the new situation...

Year in Review: Tax Law
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

Application of the exemption method conditional on fulfillment of requirements with regards to ownership fraction and period The Norwegian rules regarding participation exemption have in general entailed that companies tax resident in Norway investing in companies tax resident in the UK have benefited from participation exemption rules with regards to dividends and capital gains on such shares, and the same has been the case for UK companies investing in Norwegian companies...

 

 

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