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Where Are We Now? Legal & Regulatory Update by Wildgen S.A.

05 August 2020
This is the 11th episode of our COVID-19 webcast series. In this new episode, Mark Shaw gives a quick run-down of where we are in terms of financial services regulation, corporate law and tax. A look back over the various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to see which are still applicable while we are in this period […] Read More

Intellectual Property Review by Nunziante Magrone

05 August 2020
Observatory on the latest case law trends regarding the intangible assets In this period of business relaunch, we recall the most important decisions issued in the last semester by the European Courts, concerning the protection of intellectual property, essential tool for the economic development. Click here to read the full article. Click here to learn […] Read More

Remote/Video Chat Notarization Extended Until August 5 by Colligan Law LLP

05 August 2020
On July 6, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.48, which extended the previous order authorizing notary publics to witness instruments being signed using audio-video technology (Executive Order 202.7). The new extension last until August 5, 2020. Therefore, a licensed NY Notary Public may perform remote notarization, for documents such as deeds, wills, easements, mortgages, […] Read More

What Does a Furlough Mean to My Employees? by Gray Reed & McGraw, LLP.

01 August 2020
When restaurants were ordered to shutter – and before PPP – Ernest Bux’s sister Cookie Bux who owns Beef O’Bux Restaurants was in a bind. Should she lay off or furlough employees who were showing up for work to her empty restaurant chain? What’s the difference between laying off employees and furloughing them? What are […] Read More

What to expect from a COVID-19 Workplace Inspection by Ronan Daly Jermyn

30 July 2020
The Health and Safety Authority (the “HSA”) is the government agency with responsibility to ensure compliance with workplace health and safety (Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (the “2005 Act”)). Its remit now includes ensuring compliance with the Return to Work Safely Protocol (the “Protocol”).  In this article, we look at the four […] Read More

Watson Goepel LLP and Stewart & Winch Merger

29 July 2020
Stewart & Winch has joined the law firm of Watson Goepel LLP, effective June 30, 2020.   This merger allows Watson Goepel to better serve clients on the North Shore and surrounding areas. Stewart & Winch is an established West Vancouver law firm, providing legal services in the areas of general corporate/commercial, real estate, and wills […] Read More

Alberta Courts Update: Resumption of Court Activities by Carscallen LLP

29 July 2020
As Alberta courts gradually resume hearings both in-person and remotely following the temporary closure of court operations due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, parties should be aware of certain guidelines and health and safety measures that have been put in place for attendance at courthouses in Alberta, scheduling matters, filing documents and remote hearings. HEALTH AND […] Read More

Covid-19: Wills by video-conferencing by Howard Kennedy LLP

29 July 2020
The Government announced that Wills witnessed via videolink will be considered valid, as a response to difficulties faced by testators and their witnesses during the global pandemic. What will now be permitted? The proposed changes to the Wills Act 1837 will allow a testator to sign their Will while their witnesses watch via videolink, such as […] Read More

The Temptation of Corruption in Times of Crisis by Tay & Partners

29 July 2020
“We need the protection of the law now more than ever with the COVID-19 crisis amplifying opportunities for corruption” The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented crisis to the world’s economic landscape and undoubtedly a shock to most (if not all) businesses. While the immediate focus of many corporations may understandably be on sustaining the business, […] Read More

Legal Update by Lloreda Camacho & Co.

28 July 2020
How does the new Fair Term Law apply? On July 23, the so-called “Fair Term Law” was issued, Law 2024 of 2020, which seeks to favor small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, who, in the opinion of the legislator, were forced to accept long terms of payment by your customers. The law is relevant, since it will impact […] Read More

Insight on Estate Planning by Stokes Lawrence, P.S.

28 July 2020
Recent tax law changes may affect your estate plan The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is designed to provide tax relief to individuals and businesses struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this law may also have a long-reaching impact on your estate plan. Notably, the CARES Act […] Read More

The Cares Act and Retirement Accounts updated by Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP

24 July 2020
On July 17, the IRS issued a notice to taxpayers that could be important to you or a family member relating to retirement accounts. REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION RELIEF The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act waived the “Required Minimum Distributions” (RMDs) for the year 2020 for IRAs and retirement plans. The waiver applies […] Read More

Pandemic Realities in the Maritime Industry by Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors

24 July 2020
The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc on economies of the world, on a global scale as economists and fiscal policy experts associate its effect as the worst global economic crisis of the century in comparison with the global economic recession of 2008 and the economic depression of the 1930s. The impact of the pandemic has […] Read More

All aboard the Mothership – Mothership preference actions in the Federal Court by LAVAN

21 July 2020
In Jahani v Alfabs Mining Equipment Pty Ltd, in the matter of Delta Coal Mining Pty Limited (in liquidation) [2020] FCA 752, Stewart J considered the process for a liquidator to join multiple unrelated defendants to one set of ‘mothership’ unfair preference recovery proceedings in the Federal Court. This decision confirms the approach to be […] Read More

Reporting Work-Related COVID-19 Diagnoses to OSHA by Gray Reed & McGraw, LLP

20 July 2020
Employers are generally not responsible for reporting employees’ positive COVID-19 diagnoses to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Texas Department of State Health. However, employers may overlook the ordinary reporting requirements for workplace illnesses that must be made to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), including reporting COVID-19 diagnoses. With […] Read More

2020 Law School Graduates meet a COVID-19 Economy by Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP

20 July 2020
A BizWest article by Dan Mika covers a day in the live of a 2020 law school graduate in Colorado. With several bar exams being postponed around the nation, recent law school graduates in Colorado are still expected to take the bar exam at the end of this month (July) and the future beyond the bar […] Read More

Global M&A Market Review Legal Rankings

15 July 2020
Our Tallinn, Estonia member firm COBALT has been recognised as the leading Baltic law firm in the Eastern European region by the number of transactions advised in 1H of 2020, according to Bloomberg Global M&A Market Review Legal Rankings. Click here to read more.   Read More

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin Ranked in The National Law Journal 500

10 July 2020
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin has been named as one of the National Law Journal 500. The NLJ 500 is a highly regarded survey by The National Law Journal, of the 500 largest law firms in the United States of the previous calendar year. Surveys were sent to over 900 law firms across the country to […] Read More

Securities Client Alert – COVID-19 Disclosure Considerations for Upcoming Quarterly Reports by GableGotwals

10 July 2020
As companies prepare their quarterly reports for the second quarter, the SEC has steadily provided disclosure guidance related to COVID-19 and its impacts, including CF Disclosure Guide Topic 9 in March, CF Disclosure Guide Topic 9A in June, and a Roundtable on the subject at the end of June. With three months of experience, the […] Read More

Marc Grüninger recommended by Best Lawyers Switzerland 2021 for M&A

09 July 2020
GHR Rechtsanwälte partner Marc Grüninger has again been recognized by his peers among Switzerland’s best lawyers for Mergers and Acquisition Law and has been selected for inclusion in the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Switzerland: Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review and the consensus opinion of leading lawyers […] Read More

Welcome new colleagues by Georgiev, Todorov & Co. Law Offices

09 July 2020
Dobrina Pavlova and Ivan Tserovski join Georgiev, Todorov & Co. Law Offices Dobrina Pavlova graduated with a Master’s degree in Law from the New Bulgarian University in 2009. She joined the team of Georgiev, Todorov & Co Law Offices in May 2020. Prior to that, Dobrina had experience as Head of the Energy and Capital Markets Department at […] Read More

PPP loans: an update for mergers and acquisitions by Colligan Law LLP

26 June 2020
The impacts of PPE loans on various sectors of the business world have been evolving since first announced.  Additional guidance and clarity regarding the impact on deal terms and the forgivability of PPP loans is being made available, as is a final ruling from the SBA clarifying the mechanics of forgivability in the context of […] Read More

6 von BOETTICHER attorneys distinguished as being among “Germany’s Best Attorneys” in the rating published by “Handelsblatt” and Best Lawyers

26 June 2020
The new attorney ratings in Germany by the leading business newspaper “Handelsblatt” ( in cooperation with the US publishers “Best Lawyers” came out June 26, 2020. We are quite proud that in total 6 of our 18 attorneys have been distinguished as being among “Germany’s Best Attorneys 2020” in this ranking:   Dr. Claudia Böhm: […] Read More

COBALT advised Fortumo on selling its business to Boku

26 June 2020
COBALT advised Estonian Fortumo on selling its business to London Stock-Exchange-listed leading global mobile payments platform Boku. The value of the deal is approximately USD 45 million. Fortumo, founded in 2007 in Tartu, Estonia, provides mobile payment solutions to digital merchants including Google, Amazon, Spotify, Epic Games and Tencent. Boku, founded in 2003 in the […] Read More

New facilities introduced with respect to the virtual private space and the questionnaires for establishing the tax residency by Biriş Goran SPARL

17 June 2020
On 11th of June 2020 the Order no. 2012/2020 on the Procedure for delivery of documents through electronic means of remote communication was published, which introduces new facilities for identification in the Virtual Private Space. Furthermore, a Draft GEO on the extension and amendment of certain deadlines was published on the website of the Ministry […] Read More

The Australian trade response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and issues into the future by Rigby Cooke Lawyers

17 June 2020
One of the fundamental roles of governments during the COVID–19 Pandemic has been to assist the movement of goods through the international and domestic supply chain as well as to support those providing services in that supply chain. While there has been an understandable focus on movement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related equipment […] Read More

Utilizing Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts in a Low-Interest-Rate World by Stokes Lawrence, P.S.

16 June 2020
Even before people around the world began dealing with the reality of COVID-19, interest rates were at a recent low. For May 2020, the long-term annual AFR rates are as follows: long-term 1.15%, mid-term .58%, and short-term .25%. One common estate planning strategy is the use of Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (“GRATs”). This strategy is even more effective when interest rates are […] Read More

What are an employer’s obligations in Alberta for paying employees during COVID-19 by Emery Jamieson LLP

15 June 2020
Employers have many obligations to their employees when it comes to paying them, and employees can enforce these obligations through a lawsuit or by making a complaint with Employment Standards. While the province has implemented new workplace rules as a result of COVID-19, employers still have obligations to pay their employees. Here a few things […] Read More

Remote document execution during Covid-19 by Ronan Daly Jermyn

15 June 2020
We examine below practical considerations for arranging remote execution of transaction documents by Irish companies during the present Covid-19 restrictions. Ideally, where a document needs to be signed, it would be in the physical presence of all parties or their appointed attorneys at the completion of a transaction. With present travel restrictions lasting into the […] Read More

Is Malaysia in desperate need of a COVID-19 bill by Tay & Partners

15 June 2020
Malaysia was among the first countries in ASEAN to be heavily impacted by the spread of Covid-19, which forced the country into a Movement Control Order (MCO) from 18 March 2020. During the MCO, non-essential businesses were generally not allowed to operate from their premises, causing production to drop significantly and revenue to fall considerably. […] Read More

Coronavirus and tax defaults criminal impacts by Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados

12 June 2020
The pandemic caused by covid-19 has been generating economic impacts around the world and economists foresee the possibility of a significant recession period. Usually, in times of crisis, taxpayers are often forced to devise solutions to reduce expenses and preserve the company’s financial health. Among them, the taxes payment postponement or deferral, although not ideal […] Read More

GHR advised CEMEX in U.S.$1.00 Billion Offering by GHR Rechtsanwälte AG

11 June 2020
GHR Rechtsanwälte represented long-standing client CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: CX), the global building materials company, in a notes offering. The notes offering consists of an offering of U.S.$1. billion aggregate principal amount of 7.375% senior secured notes due 2027 denominated in U.S. Dollars. BBVA Securities Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Agricole Securities (USA) […] Read More

The Increasing Prevalence of Infectious Diseases and the Call for Use of Non-Custodial Sentencing by Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors

11 June 2020
From the Spanish Flu of 1918 to the HIV/AIDS saga and down to the Ebola virus, infectious diseases have constantly changed the modus operandi in all aspects of human living. Now as if on a roll call, the COVID-19 virus has visited with a magnitude like none of its predecessors. The virus has not only […] Read More

Supervision of Food and Drugs Distributed Online by AKSET Law

11 June 2020
The National Agency of Drug and Food Control (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan or “BPOM”) issued its Regulation No. 8 of 2020 dated April 7, 2020 on the Supervision of Drugs and Food Distributed Online (“BPOM Reg. 8/2020”) as an implementing regulation as referred to in Article 35 paragraph (3) of Government Regulation No. 71 […] Read More

BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ Act: Rising to the challenge of UNDRIP by Watson Goepel LLP

10 June 2020
On November 28, 2019, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to incorporate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”), making UNDRIP part of BC law. UNDRIP UNDRIP is a comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples, that sets out basic human rights within an indigenous context and […] Read More

Governance in Esport – EA Sports and Fifa by Howard Kennedy LLP

10 June 2020
EA Sports first released the Fifa football video games (“Fifa”) two weeks before Christmas in 1993. Since then, Fifa has become the most popular football game in the world and is listed in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling sports video game franchise. EA have unlocked the commercial potential of Fifa using online game […] Read More

President Trump Signs the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act by Gallagher & Kennedy

09 June 2020
On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“PPPFA”), which makes several important changes to the Paycheck Protection Program designed to address concerns expressed by the small business community. The key features of the PPPFA include: Extending the time period to use PPP funds from 8 weeks to […] Read More

SHIELD 4.0 – The Polish antitrust authority gains new powers to block investments by GESSEL

09 June 2020
The Sejm, the lower chamber of Polish parliament, has just adopted and passed on to the Senate the latest package of legislation touted as the Anti-Crisis Shield intended to counter the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. The numerous legislative proposals advanced by the government in this context include amendments to the legislative Act of 24 […] Read More

Response by Competition Authorities to COVID-19 crisis – The safe space for Essential Initiatives by Procopé & Hornborg

07 June 2020
Read the latest from Procopé & Hornborg Ltd, Attorneys at Law on their competition blog by clicking here. Procopé & Hornborg is the LAW member in Helsinki, Finland. Read More

Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Regulations 2020 by LAVAN

07 June 2020
The Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) were released on Friday 29 May 2020.  The Regulations adopt a Code of Conduct for Western Australia (WA Code) pursuant to section 13(2) of the Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (Act).  The WA Code is effective from Saturday 30 May 2020. The principles set out in […] Read More

Important changes to employer superannuation guarantee obligations and salary sacrifice arrangements by Rigby Cooke Lawyers

06 June 2020
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently released a Guidance Note (GN 2020/1) which contains information for employers, payroll software providers and intermediaries who may need to change the way they calculate their superannuation guarantee obligations. Learn more from LAW member Rigby Cooke Lawyers in Melbourne, Australia by clicking here. Read More

COVID-19: Focus on Market Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Wildgen S.A.

06 June 2020
Hear from our LAW member in Luxembourg, Wildgen S.A., on market abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here for the video. Read More

CECRA Commercial Rent Relief Program by McKercher LLP

06 June 2020
The unprecedented measures taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic have had a profound impact on small businesses in Saskatchewan, with numerous small businesses having had their operations shut down by health orders implemented to prevent the spread of the virus.  This has created significant challenges for many struggling small businesses that have continued to accumulate […] Read More

ESCHE Schümann Commichau advises the Georg Kofler Group on the sale of Leifeld Metal Spinning AG to Nihon Spindle

05 June 2020
Gruppe Georg Kofler sold all shares in Leifeld Metal Spinning AG, the world market leader in spinning and flow-forming machines, to Nihon Spindle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries. A team led by M&A partner Dr. Stephan Bauer advised the Georg Kofler group on the transaction. The ESCHE team also included the […] Read More

Extension of Emergency Covid-19 support by Blenheim

05 June 2020
LAW Member, Blenheim, from Amsterdam, Netherlands, breaks down all you need to know about the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy. Click here to learn more. Read More

E-Signature in the COVID-19 Crisis: Adapting to the (Not So) New Normal by AKSET Law

05 June 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic forces people to adopt homeworking and physical distancing, digital transformation is no longer a mere option. In the past few months, we have witnessed how most businesses have departed from the traditional in-person meetings to virtual meetings, working through online collaborations, and hosting seminars and forums through digital means. Learn more […] Read More

COVID-19: Rise of the tracking apps by Tay & Partners

05 June 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic introduced lockdown measures not previously experienced by society across the globe. It also gave rise to an unparalleled number of health monitoring-cum-tracking apps deployed by governments in the name of more effective and efficient contact tracing and health monitoring of the public. Such tracing and health apps were first rolled out in […] Read More

Interview on M&A advice for startups with James Snyder of Klinedinst PC

04 June 2020
James D. Snyder of Klinedinst PC in San Diego, California, United States shares M&A advice for startups. See the interview here. Read More

ESCHE advises Gruppe Georg Kofler in Sale of Leifeld Metal Spinning AG to Nihon Spindle

04 June 2020
Our LAW Member in Hamburg, Germany, Esche Schümann Commichau, discusses interdisciplinary consulting in their latest press release. Click here to learn more. Read More

COVID-19 LATAM Guide update by CPB Abogados

03 June 2020
Our LAW member firm in Lima, Peru has put at your disposal the update of the legal guide about Covid19 carried out by the Albagli Zaliasnik study, in which CPB Abogados collaborated developing information about the Peruvian State. Click here to learn more. Read More