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Haynes and Boone | February 2016

The jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) will increase February 25, 2016, and will apply to any transaction closing on or after that date. The revised thresholds will remain in effect until the next annual adjustment, expected in the first quarter of 2017.To read the full alert, click here ...

Lavery Lawyers | February 2016

On November 24, 2015, the Québec Court of Appeal rendered a much anticipated judgment in the case of Université McGill v. McGill University Non Academic Certified Association (MUNACA)1 (“McGill”) ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2016

On January 27, 2016, the Obama Administration took the latest in its continuing steps to ease restrictions on trade and travel between the United States and Cuba. Amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) will authorize additional U.S ...

The first set of commissioners to constitute the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has just been appointed. The PCC, a five member body created by the Philippine Competition Act (passed into law in July 21, 2015), is mandated to implement the national competition policy. Vested with a broad range of powers, it can conduct administrative inquiries, institute civil or criminal proceedings before the courts, and review proposed mergers and acquisitions ...

Shoosmiths LLP | February 2016

The government recently published draft legislation introducing an apprenticeship levy which is expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. In this article we look at the impact on employers. What is the apprenticeship levy? In last year's budget, the government announced its intention to introduce a levy on large employers in order to fund 3 million new apprenticeships in England by 2020 ...

Lavery Lawyers | February 2016

The United States and the European Union recently concluded a new agreement aimed at allowing U.S. companies to continue to collect, use and disclose personal information concerning European citizens, while still preserving their fundamental rights ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2016

After a long wait, on February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for HHS (“CMS”) issued a final rule that clarified the obligations of Medicare providers and suppliers to report and return overpayments within 60 days (the “Rule”).1 The Rule becomes effective on March 14, 2016. The Rule, which applies only to Medicare Part A and B providers and suppliers, enforces a statutory requirement from 2010 implemented by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) ...

Lavery Lawyers | February 2016

Lavery is closely monitoring developments in consumer class actions and, in order to keep the business sector informed on the subject, publishes regular newsletters on recent case law and legislative changes that are likely to affect, if not transform, business practices. INTRODUCTION In Fortin v. Mazda Canada Inc ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2016

The United States has announced that it has signed with Cuba a new agreement covering air services between the two countries.  The new agreement, which replaces a suspended accord dating back to the 1950s, authorizes up to 110 daily round trip scheduled flights between the two countries by airlines of each respective country. The agreement permits twenty (20) scheduled non-stop flights between the U.S ...

The Philippine section of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Trade Marks 2015 was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Enrique T. Manuel and Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan. Mr. Manuel heads the firm’s Intellectual Property department ...

Fischer | February 2016

NewLegislation Enables the Public Offering of Foreign Fund Units in Israel for theFirst Time On February 10, 2016, the IsraeliParliamentary Finance Committee approved regulations ("Regulations")which will enable the public offering of foreign mutual fund units inIsrael. The Regulations will take effectwithin six months from the date of publication. Prior to the enactment of theRegulations, the Israeli Joint Investment Trust Law permitted the offering offoreign funds in Israel ...

Fischer | February 2016

Dear Clients and Colleagues, We write to inform you about amendments tothe "Angels Law" that were recently enacted with the aim ofencouraging private investment in new start-ups in the seed stage (the "Amendment").The "Angels Law" refers to theprovisions of section 20 of the 2011-2012 Economic Policy Law, which was passedas a temporary order and was in force during 2011-2015 (the "Law") ...

Lavery Lawyers | February 2016

On November 25, 2015, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published a White Paper for consultation. It is seeking comment on two proposals which, if approved and implemented, would change the current structure for distributing mutual funds in Canada. A “restricted practice” policy and a policy involving directed commissions are being proposed ...

If you look at the recent changes to income tax, in particular the introduction of a 7.5% rise in the taxation of dividends (announced by George Osborne in the last budget), it is hard not to conclude that entrepreneurs are being targeted by the government ...

DSL Lawyers | February 2016

Besides other exemptions contemplated under the law that approved the 2016 budget for Macau SAR (Law No. 15/2015, of 28 December 2015), the core special exemptions applicable cover Corporate Tax, Professional Tax and Property Tax. Corporate Tax The taxable profits accrued in the companies’ annual accounts re ...

DSL Lawyers | February 2016

Latest Legislative News on Employment Related Matters Law 15/2015 became effective on 1st January 2016 - the official budget law sets annual exemptions, deductions and tax withholding minimum thresholds for 2016. Regarding professional tax the following applies in Macau for 2016: 1. Tax rates (professional tax rates) are progressive up to 12% with the top tax rates applying to an annual income over MOP424,000. Professional tax rates apply to residents and to non-residents. 2 ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2016

In a third and final round of settlements with underwriters, the SEC announced on February 2, 2016 enforcement actions against 14 firms for alleged misstatements and omissions in municipal bond offerings ...

Karanovic & Partners | February 2016

Serbia – Executive Summary of Qualification of a Director's Mandate (in a local or foreign company) This article, authored by Jelena Danilović, was originally published in the 2016 'Social Security for Directors Working in Multiple Jurisdictions', published by World Services Group.Domestic Rules1. Social security regimeRegistered legal representatives i.e ...

Karanovic & Partners | February 2016

The new Labour Law of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (the "Labour Law") which introduced changes to the term of fixed term employment contracts, employee benefits, collective bargaining agreements and contracts with company managers, was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court of the FBiH on 23 February ...

Karanovic & Partners | February 2016

Following the creation of the regulatory framework and the successful passing of required tests, the first organised electricity market in Serbia, ("SEEPEX"), has officially launched its operations on 17 February, 2016. This power exchange operator was set up jointly by Elektromreže Srbije, the Serbian state-owned power system, and the European Power Exchange (EPEX SPOT SE) ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2016

On February 23, 2016 the Secretariat of Energy (SENER) published a notice in the Federal Gazette by means of which as of April 1, 2016 such authority can grant import permits of gasoline and diesel into Mexico to any interested party that complies with the applicable legal provisions, including those set forth in the Administrative Resolution published in the Federal Gazette on December 29, 2014 and amended by publication in the same Gazette on December 30, 2015 that establi

Karanovic & Partners | February 2016

Over the past two years, various media outlets have been reporting on increased investor interest for the Serbian real estate market, with a particular focus on Belgrade. Goran Vesić, the city manager, recently substantiated these reports by claiming that Belgrade's Public Land Development Agency made a total of 772 business deals with investors over the course of last year alone ...

Carey | February 2016

Executive Summary On February 5th, 2016, Law N° 20,897 was published in the Official Gazette incorporating 3 new paragraphs into article 34 bis of the Electric Power Services General Law (“LGSE”). By virtue of this modification, article 34 bis of the LGSE, widens its protection to any developer of non conventional renewable energy projects (“NCRE”). This article was originally intended exclusively for electric concessionaires ...

Afridi & Angell | February 2016

The legal landscape for doing business in Iran has changed significantly in the past seven months. On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China and Russia), the European Union and Iran agreed and signed a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) contemplating the easing of certain Iran related sanctions ...

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