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Legal Update
1 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In November 2013 the European Commission published proposals for a Trade Secrets Directive with the intention of improving the protection of information that is fundamental to the success of many businesses. The final draft of the Directive is expected to be published mid-2015 with each member state required to implement the Directive into national law within two years.
Legal Update
30 April 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 29 April 2015, the Sales of First-hand Residential Properties Authority (“SRPA”) issued a new practice note No.PN01/15 (“New Practice Note”) recommending that, from 1 June 2015 onwards, vendors of all first-hand residential developments should display in the sales offices on each date of sale a “consumption table” at a reasonably visible location to set out the following key information.
Legal Update
April 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Supreme Court (unanimously dismissing the appeal in Trustees of Olympic Airlines SA Pension & Life Assurance Scheme v Olympic Airlines SA) has held that "economic activity" is central to the definition of "establishment" in the Insolvency Regulation.
Newsletter
30 April 2015
Newsletter
30 April 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Competitiveness, SMEs; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Newsletter
30 April 2015
Newsletter
29 April 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Competitiveness, SMEs; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment & Climate Change; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
29 April 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
A collective boycott, or a collective refusal to deal, occurs where two or more businesses collectively refuse to deal with a third party. While businesses are free to choose their business partners, ganging up to exclude an actual or potential competitor can be considered anti-competitive.
Newsletter
29 April 2015
A Review of Key Cases and New Laws Affecting Employers
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Legal Update
April 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Newsletter
28 April 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Employment, Research; Energy; Environment & Climate Change; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe & Institutions; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
28 April 2015
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On April 16, 2015, Constitutional Amendment No. 87 was enacted amending the State Value-added taxation system for purchases made by non-taxpayers. The new rule gradually changes the taxation from an origin-based model to a destination-based model.
Brochure
28 April 2015
Comprising approximately 100 lawyers, Mayer Brown’s global Employment & Benefits group offers sophisticated solutions to the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment and benefits issues facing our clients. This brochure provides an overview of the practice.
Legal Update
28 April 2015
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
Your attention is drawn to the recent requirement applicable to large companies of any corporate type to publish their annual financial statements. The deadline for approving the financial statements is 4 months from the end of the fiscal year, which, for many companies, means April 30 of the relevant year.
Legal Update
27 April 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Offshore insurance companies can provide substantial tax benefits to their owner-insureds through current deductions for the insurance premium and, if properly structured, deferral on reserve investments. In 2003, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) warned that it would scrutinize “purported” insurance companies organized offshore that invest in hedge funds or hedge fund-style assets.
Newsletter
27 April 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, SMEs, Research; Energy; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Data Protection; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Newsletter
24 April 2015
Tauil & Chequer Newsletter
Another amendment to the Outsourcing Bill was approved yesterday increasing the liabilities of companies that retain outsourced services. Pursuant to the amendment, these companies will be jointly and severally liable for any employment and social security debts of service providing companies. Therefore, another important step was taken for the referral of the Bill for consideration by the Senate.
Legal Update
24 April 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
This Legal Update focuses on three issues that should be considered by Audit Committees of public companies in 2015: (i) Internal Investigation Privilege and Confidentiality, (ii) Expanding PCAOB-Mandated Rules for Audit Committees, and (iii) Continued ISS Corporate Governance Scrutiny of Audit Committee Members. These considerations are important even for companies that may not consider themselves subject to “public company-type” corporate governance requirements: for example, US private companies considering an initial public offering or foreign private issuers considering accessing the US capital markets and having their securities listed on an exchange.
Audio
24 April 2015
UK Employment Law - The View from Mayer Brown
Nick looks the three main party manifesto proposals for employment law. He also considers two recent cases, the first looks at when a contract is to be implied between an agency worker and the customer, and the second outlines what whistleblowing meets the new “public interest” test.
Newsletter
24 April 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, SMEs, Research; Energy; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Data Protection; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
24 April 2015
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On April 20, 2015, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels - ANP publicized the 23 sectors that are being studied in order to define the blocks to be offered at Bid Round 13, expected to take place in the last quarter of this year.
Newsletter
23 April 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, SMEs, Research; Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy & Climate Change; Environment; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe
Legal Update
23 April 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Private Equity Issues (E) Working Group has adopted Guidance for regulators to use when reviewing “Form A” applications.
Newsletter
22 April 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, SMEs, Research; IP Rights, Trademarks, Patents; Energy; Environment & Climate Change; Consumer, Food Safety; Health; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
22 April 2015
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On April 2, 2015, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels - ANP published the Notice of Public Hearing and Consultation No. 7/2015 in order to discuss the draft of a resolution that, among other purposes, aims to ensure actual third-party access to gas transportation pipelines, pursuant to the provisions of Law No. 9,478/1997 (Petroleum Law), Law No. 11,909/2009 (Gas Law) and Decree No. 7,382/2010 (Gas Law Regulation).

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