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Corporate Law Update: New M&A Rules affect Minority Shareholders
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, February 2020

 The Ministry of Corporate affairs has recently notified Sections 230(11) and 230 (12) of the Companies Act, 2013 (“Companies Act”) and certain amendments to the Companies (Compromises, Arrangements and Amalgamation) Rules, 2020 (“M&A Rules”)[1] (together, the “Amendments”)...

EU Upgrades BVI to Whitelist Status
O'Neal Webster, February 2020

BVI government welcomes announcement. Blacklist expands to include 12 jurisdictions.On 18 February 2020, EU Finance Ministers updated the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, upgrading the British Virgin Islands to whitelist status, which designates the country as a fully co-operative tax jurisdiction in line with all of the tax good-governance standards...

Frlekin v. Apple: Employees Must Be Compensated for Time Spent Undergoing Exit Searches
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2020

On February 13, 2020, in Frlekin v. Apple, Inc., No. S243805 (Cal. 2/13/2020), the California Supreme Court determined that Apple employees must be paid for time spent waiting for and undergoing exit bag searches. Although Apple does not require its employees to bring bags to work, the Court concluded that the search time amounts to time under which the employees are under Apple's "control," as that term is defined in the California Wage Orders...

Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.
Verrill, February 2020

On December 17, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule to revise the Conditions for Coverage that Organ Procurement Organizations (“OPOs”) must satisfy in order for organ procurement costs to be paid by Medicare and Medicaid (the “OPO Proposed Rule”)...

New PFAS Regulations Work Dramatic Changes to California's Drinking Water Supplies — With More Changes Likely to Follow
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2020

Long considered “emerging contaminants,” per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have now emerged. And water agencies throughout California must take heed. As we last reported, in November 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added two widely used PFAS compounds to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)...

2019 Novel Coronavirus & Flu: What Employers Need to Know on Quarantines and Preventing the Spread of Disease in the Workplace
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

Flu season is in full swing. with the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) confirming over 155,000 positive U.S. cases of influenza since Sept. 29, 2019. Simultaneously, the coronavirus COVID-19 has spread rapidly across China, with at least 70,000 confirmed cases, including 15 confirmed cases in the United States. In response, employers need to be prepared to assist employees in staying safe and complying with potential quarantines. Beginning Feb...

CFIUS: Final Foreign Investment Regulations Implement 2018 Law
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2020

Summary On January 13, 2020, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) issued final regulations to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA)1 (the “Regulations”2). The Regulations go into effect on February 13, 2020. CFIUS’s existing regulations (the “Pilot Program”) will continue to apply to transactions that close prior to February 13, 2020...

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District, Issues Opinion on 2 Critical Questions in Roverano v. John Crane, Inc & Brand Insulations, Inc.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

On February 19, 2020, The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern district, issued its opinion in Roverano v. John Crane, Inc. and Brand Insulations, Inc. on two critical questions: 1. the applicability of the Pennsylvania Fair Share Act, 42 Pa.C.S. Section 7102, to strict liability asbestos cases pending in the Commonwealth’s courts; and 2. Inclusion of bankrupt entities on the verdict sheet for purposes of liability only...

A Guide to the Upcoming Indonesian Data Protection Law
Makarim & Taira S., February 2020

There had been several drafts of the law on Personal Data Protection until the final draft that was submitted by the Indonesian Government to the House of Representatives on 24 January 2020 (“Final Draft Law”). When passed, it will be Indonesia’s first framework legislation to specifically deal with and serve as the ‘umbrella regulation’ on personal data protection...

Interim Relief Prior to Starting Arbitrations Under the Federal Arbitration Law: A Note on Recent Experiences
Afridi & Angell, February 2020

Afridi & Angell was recently successful in obtaining interim orders from the Dubai Courts attaching bank guarantees pending commencement of arbitration proceedings. The first matter involved two guarantees issued as performance bonds in two separate construction contracts, both which contained an arbitration clause under the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) Rules...

Indonesia on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: New Regulations and Policies
Makarim & Taira S., February 2020

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the outbreak of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus which first originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the death toll from which has reportedly surpassed 1,000 on mainland China, while confirmed infections have passed 40,000 globally...

Artificial Intelligence in the World of IP
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, February 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world of Intellectual Property has raised some very interesting questions and debate. The patentability of AI related inventions, proprietary issues of inventorship and the lack of adequate regulations and standards have left some open-ended questions. AI related inventions generally use techniques like machine learning, deep learning and neural networks...

2nd Circuit Holds Federal Banks Are Government Entities For FCA Purposes, Revives Qui Tam Suit Against Wells Fargo
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

The False Claims Act (FCA) was enacted to punish and deter fraud against the United States, and to recover moneys obtained through such fraud. Whether an alleged fraud was actually against the United States is a threshold question not posed in the typical FCA case, where allegations usually involve claims for payment submitted to the Army, Navy, Medicare, or other entity clearly part of the federal government. But some cases are not so clear...

The Government Amends Government Regulation on Foreign Ownership in Insurance Companies
Makarim & Taira S., February 2020

The Indonesian government has recently issued Government Regulation No. 3 of 2020 (“New GR”) amending Government Regulation No. 14 of 2018 (“GR 14/2018”) on Foreign Ownership in Insurance Companies, which came into effect on 20 January 2020...

Ohio Supreme Court Finds Sale of LLC Interests May Be Real Estate Value for Tax Increase Complaints
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

On Feb. 6, 2020, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (“BTA”), finding the sale price of interests in a limited liability company (“LLC”) was the best evidence of the true value of the LLC’s real property for tax purposes. In Columbus City Schools Bd. of Edn. v. Franklin Cty. Bd. of Revision, Slip Opinion No...

Sex Trafficking Laws: Hospitality, Privacy and Potential Liability – What Happens in That Hotel Room...Matters.
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2020

The Issue: The explosive subject of sex trafficking has emerged in the media and in the public's consciousness around the world. Sexual activity in hotel rooms is not new, nor is it illegal for consenting adults. However, there are greater risks for hospitality operators who fail to maintain a certain level of vigilance about whether they may be enabling sex traffickers and facilitating their activities...

Trends in Medium- and Long-Term Incentive Plans for Senior Executives in Spain
Garrigues, February 2020

There is a growing concern among the general public about issues surrounding companies’ boards of directors and executives. Any aspect relating to board members and executives, particularly their compensation, can therefore come under public scrutiny...

What is RICO?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

In light of ongoing litigation between General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, Dinsmore partner Mark Carter wrote an article for Automotive News explaining the basics of RICO actions: "Any person injured in his or her business or property by a pattern of racketeering activity may have standing to seek relief pursuant to the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970...

Law on Digital Transformation of the Administration
Carey, February 2020

On November 11, Law No. 21, 180 on Digital Transformation of the Administration was published. Its purpose is to initiate the process of digitalization and modernization of the administrative procedures followed before the Chilean Government administration bodies...

India Releases: 2020-21 Union Budget
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, February 2020

Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of India, while presenting the Union Budget 2020 today stated that her proposals are structured around the themes of ‘Aspirational India’, ‘Economic Development’, and a ‘Caring Society’.  As we start decoding the fine print of her tax proposals please find hereinbelow key tax highlights of the Finance Bill, 2020...

Carey’s Tax Contribution to ICLG
Carey, February 2020

Our partner, Jessica Power, and our associate, Ximena Silberman, contributed to the Q&A section of the Chilean chapter in the “Corporate Tax 2020” edition of the International Comparative Legal Guides. Jessica Power has been a partner at Carey since 2008 and is co-head of the Tax Group...

Are Co-Living Spaces Here to Stay?
TSMP Law Corporation, February 2020

The sharing economy enters the home as rising property prices drive nomadic millennial singletons to seek an alternative to the inflexible rented apartment.An impromptu foosball game with your neighbour while waiting for the laundry. Cooking classes in a communal Masterchef-inspired kitchen. Movie screenings, board game nights, and in-house yoga and meditation sessions. These are but some of the activities to look forward to if you take up quarters in a co-living facility...

Financial Analysis Unit Provides Guidelines for the Efficient Application of General Instruction No. 59/2019
Carey, February 2020

On December 6, 2019, the Financial Analysis Unit (“UAF”) issued Resolution (oficio ordinario) No. 1745, applicable to all reporting entities detailed in Article 3 of Law No. 19,913 (e.g. banks, real estate management companies, insurance companies, among others), in order to enable them to effectively and correctly comply with General Instruction No. 59 dated May 24, 2019 (“Instruction No. 59”)...

The New DIFC Leasing Law
Afridi & Angell, February 2020

On 11 January 2020 a new leasing law was introduced in the Dubai International Financial Centre, Law 1 of 2020 (the New Law); and on 14 January 2020 the associated regulations were issued (the Regulations).The New Law and Regulations are an important development for the DIFC. We expect that they will have a positive impact on the real estate market...

Financial Market Commission Publishes, for Public Consultation, New Regulations on Information Security and Cybersecurity for Financial Entities and Regulatory Capital Calculation for Bank
Carey, February 2020

Financial Market Commission publishes, for public consultation, new regulations on information security and cybersecurity for financial entities On November 25, 2019, the Financial Market Commission published, for public consultation purposes, a proposed amendment to its Updated Regulations Compendium (“URC”), by means of enacting a new Chapter 20-10, on “Information Security Management and Cybersecurity” (the “New Regulation”) The main characteristi



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