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The Malta Option is “in-the-Money”

  July 21, 2011     By CSB Advocates
Fund managers don’t like surprises. And it is this aversion to anything unknown that has caused the more “traditional” financial centers like London, Luxembourg, Ireland and Switzerland to boom as financial centers towards which fund managers have gravitated and established themselves over the past 20-odd years.

Factors contributing to Malta’s success as a financial services hub, past and future.

  July 20, 2011     By Mamo TCV Advocates
Malta has established itself on the map of domiciles of choice for alternative investment funds and continues to build its reputation as a financial services hub – a brief overview of the key ingredients for Malta’s success.

First Approved EU Sustainability Schemes for Biofuels

  July 20, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
On 19 July 2011, the European Commission issued a list of the first sustainable voluntary schemes for biofuels recognized directly in the 27 EU Member States. According to the Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, the EU has to secure the entire biofuels production and supply with the highest sustainability standards in the world under a transparent and reliable system.

Recent Developments in Turkish E-Commerce Legislation

  July 20, 2011     By Kolcuoglu Demirkan
The volume of e-commerce has been constantly expanding in Turkey. The total e-commerce volume of 15,2 million TL recorded in 2010, is expected to expand by 50% in 2011.

European Stability Mechanism (ESM)

  July 20, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
On 17 December 2010 the European Council agreed on the need for a Eurozone area and on the establishment of a permanent stability mechanism which will intervene by providing financial assistance to the Eurozone Member States after June 2013.

Council’s Recommendation on National Reform Program 2011 and Stability Program 2011-2014 for Cyprus

  July 14, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
The Council concluded on 12 July 2011 the first European Semester which has been implemented this year, for the first time, as part of a broader reform of the EU’s economic governance. Based on the European Council’s decision a recommendation has been adopted on the implementation of the Eurozone Member States’ economic policies as well as a recommendation on its National Reform Program 2011 and the Stability Program 2011-2014 for each Member State.

North Africa and the Middle East: Opportunities and Threats Posed by Patent Systems

  July 11, 2011     By Katsh & Associates LLC
The states of North Africa and the Middle East are high growth markets, having recently achieved growth rates higher than many so-called “industrialized countries.” Unfortunately, these developments have not been accompanied by the kind of patent protections that would apply in countries with longer histories of technological innovation. The NA/ME States are at a cross roads and it is timely to consider how their systems for the protection of technology measure up to international standards.

Yachting - Which Welfare Rights for the Crews Employed Onboard Yachts? - EU

  July 11, 2011     By ECD Avocats & Solicitors
Which welfare rights for the crews? Maritime welfare law was initially developed under the aegis of the domestic legal systems of shipping Nations, each setting their own rules on board their ships. Ships’ freedom of registration and shipping internationalization were the main factors undermining domestic frameworks.

EU Budgetary Perspectives 2014-2020

  July 8, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
The European Commission has faced the challenge of being able to fund a number of policy areas where the EU could be more effective, by acting at EU level, in preparing its proposals for the future budget of the European Union. In its proposal, based on the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy, a new funding potential can be seen attempting to ease the direct impact of the national budgets with the creation of a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

Mechanism on the Application for Investment Licenses - Indonesia

  July 7, 2011     By Leks&Co
To create an order in the investment activity, the authorized body needs to set out a line of licensing process before an investor could conduct the investment activity in the territory of Indonesia. Investment Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal) (“BKPM’) introduced a system, namely Integrated One Door Service (Pelayanan Terpadu Satu Pintu) (“PTSP”) whereby investors can enjoy certain facilities.

Overview of Overseas Adoption

  July 6, 2011     By Law Offices of Van T. Doan, LLC
Every year, many U.S. citizens make the decision to adopt a child from overseas.

EU’s Smart Specialization Strategies Platform - Smart Growth in Europe 2020

  June 30, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
In the European Commission’s Communication regarding the contribution of the regional policy in the area of smart growth in the Europe 2020 strategy, the central role of European regions in this process is primarily recognized.

Real Estate Investments in Ghana

  June 29, 2011     By AB Lexmall & Associates
One of the fastest growing sectors in the Ghanaian economy is the Real Estate industry. In fact this is not strange to industry analyst especially as the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospect Report has projected that Ghana will become the fastest growing economy in fiscal year 2011 in sub-Saharan Africa.

China Releases New Rules Guiding Merger Control Review

  June 20, 2011     By Guo Lian Law Firm
The Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”) opens a new landscape for merger and acquisition practice in China. Regardless where a merger takes place, if the transaction satisfies the prescribed conditions, it must be filed with China's Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”), the agency charged with enforcing the merger control laws in China, for business concentration review.

Main results of Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting of 9 and 10 June 2011

  June 16, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
Following the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting of 9 and 10 June 2011, the Council discussed the political guidelines for the future work of the following issues:

Amendment of the Migration Policy and Visa Regulation - Cyprus

  June 7, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
The lists of third countries whose nationals should be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement have been amended on several occasions. When introducing or lifting a visa obligation for a third country the current procedure can take several years. It has become clear that further technical modifications to the main text of the Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001 are needed.

Legal System for Foreign Investments in Saudi Arabia in the Field of solar power

  June 1, 2011     By Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Legal (TAGLegal)
It is not recommended to think, ...that the idea of using solar power for mechanical operations is recent. (1)

Company Incorporation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  May 30, 2011     By Yav & Associates
A foreign company wishing to establish a business in the Democratic Republic of Congo has an option between registering as an external company and forming a subsidiary in Congo. The choice between the one and the other hinges mainly on issues of convenience, privacy and tax. Sometimes, the issue of risk, or rather the limitation of risk, also comes into play. The decision at the end of the day is really a commercial one.

Foreign Invested Travel Consulting Company: A Way to Promote Outbound Tourism

  May 29, 2011     By Amaris Law
With the promulgation of the Regulation on Travel Agencies as of February 20, 2009 (“Regulation”), China has opened its doors to the foreign investors in the tourism business. However, the door of outbound tourism business is still firmly closed to the foreign investors. This Article will discuss the way to promote outbound tourism by setting up foreign invested travel consulting company in China.

Can the Right of Free Movement Be Invoked by EU Citizens to Regularise the Residence of Their Non-EU Spouse?

  May 27, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
Under EU law, when a national of a Member State resides legally in another Member State, his or her spouse is allowed to remain with him or her even when the spouse is not a national of an EU Member State.

China Intensifies Law Enforcement on Unfair Price Competition: the Unilever Case

  May 27, 2011     By Guo Lian Law Firm
On 6 May 2011, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) published a statement commenting on the punishment on Unilever (China) Co. Ltd. (“Unilever”) for its unfair price competition acts, endorsing publicly the law enforcement action in Shanghai.

Late Payments in Commercial Transactions - EU

  May 25, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
During the ongoing crisis, the private and public sectors are under attack, often unable to react to the destructive power of evolution. Trade transactions are hit by uncertainty due to the ongoing liquidity constraints.

Foreign Employees in Shanghai Will Enjoy More Protection under Chinese Labor Contract Law

  May 21, 2011     By Amaris Law
It is quite usual for a foreign employee to have the unfair clauses in his employment/labor contract in Shanghai, such as “the employer may terminate the labor contract without special reason, but with a 3-months or payment in lieu thereof.” This kind of clause has been usually regarded as valid by the Shanghai courts. However, the situation has been changing recently with the white book published by the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court as of April 12, 2011 (“White Book”).

Bank Intro and the Private Foundation

  May 20, 2011     By Molina & Co.
Tips on opening a bank account in Panama.

The Obligations of International Organisations When Investigating on Informal Complaints of Harassment

  May 13, 2011     By Lorenz
On February 2, 2011, the ILO Tribunal rendered two judgments dealing with cases of harassment within international organisations. The Tribunal ruled that the claims challenging the sufficiency of the investigations carried out by the organisation at stake were admissible and allocated damages to the applicants, although the complaints were initially lodged in an informal way only.

EU Offers Financial Support to the Russian Enterprise Sector

  May 6, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
The Russian Federation is one of the most important partners for the European Union. A key priority for the EU is to build a strong strategic partnership with Russia based on a solid foundation of mutual respect. Moreover, Russia is the largest neighbor of the EU with a dynamic market for EU goods and services and the EU’s market, on the other hand, is by far the most important destination for Russian exports.

The End of Cross-border Tax Obstacles for EU Citizens?

  May 6, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
The European Commission, in its Communication published 20 December, aims to make Member States tax systems more compatible in order to facilitate cross-border activities between citizens from neighboring States. Eventually new measures could make it easier for individuals living, working or moving abroad to confront double taxation, tax refunds reclaim, cross-border income, inheritance taxes, dividend taxes, car registration taxes and E-Commerce.

New Special System for the Operation of Free Zones in Panama

  May 5, 2011     By Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman
In the Official Gazette N°26,757-B of April 5th, 2011 was published the Law N°32 of the same date whereby a special, comprehensive and simplified system for the establishment and operation of free zones is established and provides other provisions. For your convenience, we have prepared the following summary of this law.

Panama and the USA Sign an Agreement for Tax Cooperation and the Exchange of Information Relating to Taxes

  May 5, 2011     By Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman
On the 30th day of November of 2010, the governments of the Republic of Panama and of the United States of America (“USA”) signed an “Agreement for Tax Cooperation and the Exchange of Information relating to Taxes” (“the Agreement”).

Laws to Know Before Hiring Your Employee in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  May 5, 2011     By Yav & Associates
When investing in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC], you need to be concerned with the laws that regulate employment and related matters. This article gives you an idea on how to do.

Gambling Business in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  May 5, 2011     By Yav & Associates
This article discusses how to invest in the gambling business in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

New Security Review for M&A of Domestic Companies in China

  May 4, 2011     By Angela Wang & Co.
To strengthen control over inbound foreign investments into the country, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) on 3 February 2011 issued a Circular on the Establishment of National Security Review Mechanism on Foreign Investors’ Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) of Domestic Enterprises in PRC (“Circular”). The Circular was implemented on 5 March 2011.

Companies Ordinance Rewrite: Registration of Charges and its Effect on Lenders - Hong Kong

  May 4, 2011     By Angela Wang & Co.
In addition to the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2010 which was passed on 7 July 2010, Hong Kong has also taken steps since 2006 to rewrite the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (“CO”) and the Companies Bill was finally introduced to the Legislative Council on 26 January 2011. The Bill is intended to update and modernize the CO and improve the competitiveness of Hong Kong as an international financial center.

Euro-Mediterranean Convention on Preferential Rules of Origin

  May 4, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
The Hungarian Presidency adopted the decision authorizing the signature for the convention on behalf of the EU on 14 April 2011 without any discussion at a meeting on the Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

EU Asks Cyprus Via Reasoned Opinion to Lift Restrictions on Property Purchases by EU Citizens

  April 18, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
The European Commission called Cyprus to comply with EU rules which grant to nationals from the European Union as well as from Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, the right to purchase property in the Republic of Cyprus. Cyprus is still maintaining its restrictive measures and as a result EU and EEA nationals cannot exercise their right.

Administrative Cooperation in the Field of Taxation (Council Directive 2011/16/EU of 15 February 2011) - Cyprus

  April 18, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
In April 2009, the European Commission issued a Communication on “Good Governance in Tax Matters” with the intention to launch a debate about concrete actions that could be taken to better promote the principles of good governance in the tax area (transparency, exchange of information and fair tax competition). The aim of the Commission to improve synergies between tax and development policies becomes concrete with the Council Directive 2011/16/EU of 15 February 2011.

Issuing Securities in U.S. Private Offerings – New Higher Standard for Accredited Investors - Israel

  April 14, 2011     By S. Wimpfheimer, Aronoff & Co.
When issuing securities in private offerings to U.S. investors, issuers (from companies to investment funds) often look to the registration exemptions and safe harbors afforded by Regulation D of the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”). One of the key components of an exempted Regulation D offering is the “accredited investor” – the individual with significant net worth and deemed to not be in need of the protections afforded by a registered offering.

Investment Incentives in Ethiopia

  April 11, 2011     By Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office
A brief note on investment incentives in Ethiopia.

EU Quality Policy Regarding Geographical Indications and Traditional Specialities

  April 11, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
Since 1992, the European Union has operated three programs of product designations in order to promote and protect the names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs. They fall into two categories: those linked to a territory and those relating to a particular production method.

Recent Changes to the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance

  April 11, 2011     By Angela Wang & Co.
The Companies Ordinance of Hong Kong (“CO”) has been amended by the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2010 (“Amendment Ordinance”) in July 2010 and its principal purpose is to launch the electronic company incorporation and to implement a one-stop electronic company and business registration service in Hong Kong.

German Probate Law: Heirs are Personally Liable for Decedent's Debts and Obligations

  April 4, 2011     By Siegwart German American Law
Under German law heirs inherit both assets and debts at the time of death. Heirs are personally liable for decedent's debts. In order to avoid liability for decedent's debts in Germany you must disclaim the inheritance. Strict time lines and formal requirements apply.

China's Seed Industry

  April 3, 2011     By MMLC Group
This article looks at the major legal issues associated with China's seed industry, as well as provides a snapshot of the main Chinese entities and government departments that are involved in the seed industry.

Enforcement of Foreign Judgements in China

  March 29, 2011     By MMLC Group
This article looks out a number of issues associated with the enforcement of foreign decisions of courts and arbitrators, in China.

The Case of the Problematic Developer - Russia

  March 28, 2011     By Tenzor Consulting Group
Investing in commercial construction projects is an entrepreneurial activity that, according the Article 2 of the Legal Code of the Russian Federation, is undertaken at the investor’s own risk. Herein lies the primary difference in the consequences of a poor monetary investment by a legal entity or a private entrepreneur and the consequences of a developer not fulfilling his obligations before to the investor of the construction project.

Foreign Investments in SEZs as the Most Perspective Mechanism of PPP - Russia

  March 28, 2011     By Tenzor Consulting Group
Relative quiet conditions in the investment market give time for reconsideration and principle restructuring of the elements of the given market sector. The participants again have a real opportunity to evaluate the efficiency of any given investment mechanisms.

Nigerian Mining Industry: Opportunities for Foreign Investors

  March 27, 2011     By Blackfriars LLP
Nigeria is endowed with numerous mineral resources such as talc, iron ore, bitumen, gold, rock salt, gypsum, lead/zinc, coal, gemstones, kaolin, tantalite, bentonite and baryte located in different parts of the country in commercial quantity

Capital Gains Tax in Nigeria: Exemptions and Reliefs

  March 27, 2011     By Blackfriars LLP
Capital Gains Tax accrues on an actual year basis.

The Nigerian Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2002

  March 27, 2011     By Blackfriars LLP
The Nigerian Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2002 (MLPA) was enacted at a period when money laundering was synonymous with drug trafficking.

Trademark Right in Action - Peru

  March 23, 2011     By Estudio Delion SRL
In a successful infringement action, when an importer commits an infraction, it is possible to file a judicial demand, because bad faith has already been shown. This can result in a jail sentence.

German Tax Law: Estate Tax, Gift Tax, and Inheritance Tax in Germany

  March 22, 2011     By Siegwart German American Law
A brief introduction to German estate tax, gift tax, and inheritance tax law. Easy to follow explanation and information in plain English on taxation of estates, heirs, and beneficiaries in Germany.

German Law: Inheritance and Probate in Germany

  March 21, 2011     By Siegwart German American Law
Basic Information in English on German probate and inheritance law.

Shipowners' Risks in Ukrainian Ports

  March 21, 2011     By International Law Offices
A lot of various incidents have been reported in the ports of Ukraine. The vessels calling the ports of Ukraine undergo numerous and serious perils. And we do not certainly mean perils of natural character. In the present publication we will try to cover some legal and operational risks foreign shipowners have to challenge in Ukraine.

A Dog Importer Will Compensate the "Let Animals Live” Movement - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
Recently, the court obliged an importer of puppies from Uzbekistan to pay over 100,000 NIS to the "Let Animals Live" (Tnu L'Chayot Lichyot) foundation, for various expenses that the foundation bore after the puppies were imported to Israel.

The Journey of Briefs of Claim Outside of the State of Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
A decision was recently issued by the Central District Court ruling that under special circumstances, serving a brief of claim to a Palestinian importer via his customs agent will be acceptable service of papers.

Amendments on the ADR and RID Treaties Regarding Carriage of Dangerous Goods in Trucks and Trains - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
On the 1st of January 2011, amendments to the following existing amendments will enter into effect: 1. ADR - European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road. 2. RID - Regulation concerning the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail.

Shipping Fees without a Written Agreement - A Dispute between an Importer and a Shipping Company - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
An action for the sum of 21,000 NIS was filed to the Magistrate's Court of Haifa for a debt concerning failure to pay for continental shipping.

The Court Decides on the Accounting between an Importer and an International Forwarder - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
A decision was recently issued by the Magistrate's Court of Tel Aviv deciding on the financial arrangements between an importer and an international forwarder, on a number of subjects.

Is There a Limit to an Interest Rate? The (Ongoing) Debate between a Customs Agent and an Importer - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
A customs’ agent filed an action for around 230,000 NIS against the Markel Stav Corporation (importers) for an alleged debt for customs agency services, credit, and financing. The action was also filed against two guarantors for the importer's alleged debt.

A Customs’ Agent Will Be Charged with Storage Fees - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
Recently, a decision was given by the Magistrate's Court of Tel Aviv, in which the court rejected a customs agent's objections to pay container storage fees.

The Indictment against Gottex Will Not Be Cancelled - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
The company imported bathing suits sewn in Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria, knowing that the fabrics used for sewing the bathing suits were not of European manufacture, and therefore the finished product was not eligible, under the rules of origin, to be considered a product of European origin when imported to Israel.

Pistachios from Turkey Not From Iran - Customs Will Return Merchandise to the Importer - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
Recently, a decision was given by the Magistrate's Court of Tel Aviv, in which the judge instructed Customs to return pistachios to their importer after being confiscated, due suspicions regarding their country of manufacture.

Customs Will Refund Importer More Than 3 Million Shekels That Were Overpaid - Israel

  March 21, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
In the present action, the importer requested a refund from Customs of the 3.3 million NIS that were overpaid. The Customs accepted the importer's stance regarding the classification, and the action focused on the question of the need to prove failure to roll-over the tax.

Creating a Branch (Representative) Office in Russia

  March 19, 2011     By CDR Litigation Boutique, LLC
There are different forms of a foreign company's presence in Russia, one of them is a branch (representative) office.

How to Enforce a Foreign Judgment in China

  March 17, 2011     By Amaris Law
A case study on enforcing a German judgment in P.R. China, showing exemplary pitfalls for foreign clients who intend to realize the enforcement of a foreign judgment in China.

Perspectives of the Eurozone’s Future

  March 16, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
The presentation of a “Pact of Competitiveness” at the EU summit on 4 February by Germany and France was the plan for the Eurozone Member States to agree on a closer economic convergence in order to restore competitiveness to the euro area.

International Sales: Standard Forms and Incoterms

  March 11, 2011     By Villagran Lara, Attorneys
The author explains about the advantages of contracting on standard form contracts and using shipping terms, including Incoterms.

Disinfection of Wooden Packages and Surfaces – Israel

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
One of the subjects in the field of international trade which has international regulation that is not a taxes or tariffs matter, is the subject of disinfection of wooden packages.

Payment of Financial Forfeit and Payment under Protests - Notes and Clarifications - Israel

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
As we know, an importer who wishes to import goods into Israel must pay the charged import taxes on the subject. At the same time, depending on the subject, in many cases he must meet regulations set by the governmental body responsible for this matter – generally, the various governmental offices or the Standards Institute. The various requirements for each type of goods are specified, among other places, in the Free Import Order.

Duty to Report Money Being Brought Into or Out of Israel

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
According to the Money Laundering Prohibition Law, and the Prohibition on Money Laundering Ordinances (Methods of Reporting Monies Entering and Leaving Israel) 5761-2001, it is mandatory to report the flow of money in and out of Israel.

Jail Sentences for Those Who Lower Prices to Minimize Customs Payments - Israel

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
Recently a verdict was issued by the Magistrate's Court of Tel Aviv discussing the harshness of punishment for those convicted of tax offenses.

Missing Cargo: Low Compensation for Damaging One’s Reputation and Causing Him to Lose Future Clients - Israel

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
A decision was recently issued by the Magistrate's Court of Tel Aviv dealing with the question of how high should be a compensation given for loss of cargo.

The Damage to a Shipment of Peppers That Was Not Proven

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
Recently, a decision was given by the Magistrate's Court of Tel Aviv, in a case which raised the issue of proof of damage resting on an exporter, whose good were damaged due to a late arrival of the shipment.

Can an International Forwarder Enjoy the Status of an Air Carrier? Court Updates - Israel

  March 9, 2011     By Gill Nadel Law Offices
As we know, the laws of aerial shipping grant various benefits to an air carrier, including limited liability and shortened limitation period.

The Romanian Trade Register

  February 28, 2011     By Taralunga & Taralunga Law Office
Regarding its organizational structure, the Trade Register shall be kept by “The Trade Register Office”, which is organized in every county and in Bucharest, near the local trial court.

The Meaning of Being an International Lawyer

  February 17, 2011     By Mariscal & Associates
What is the actual meaning of being an international lawyer nowadays? Clients do not only need an expert in law, but an interpreter for the international context.

Exequator/Exequatur - Recognition of a Foreign Court Decision in Romania by Court Order

  February 15, 2011     By Taralunga & Taralunga Law Office
Exequator is a procedure regarding the recognition of foreign judgments in Romania by court order.

The Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations (Rome I Regulation) Concluded by Cyprus Companies

  February 9, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
A summary and practical guidance on its impact on contractual obligations concluded by Cyprus companies.

European Private Company or Societas Privata Europaea - Cyprus

  February 9, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
Thoughts on the question whether the born-to-be European private company could potentially compete with a private limited liability company under Cyprus law.

Arbitrage in the Post Soviet Zone

  February 8, 2011     By EnGarde Attorneys at Law
Problems of security for a claim within the frame of the foreign arbitrary procedure.

Social Security Schemes: What Is New for the Non-EU Nationals?

  February 4, 2011     By Lorenz
In this article the authors comment about the consequences of the new Eu-regulation 1231/2010 for the social security of non Eu-nationals.

New Regulations on Foreign Representative Office in China

  February 1, 2011     By UB & Co. Attorneys and Counselors
The State Council of PRC issued the Regulations on Administration of Registration of Resident Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises(the "New Regulations") on November 19th, 2010 and the New Regulations will take effect on March 1st, 2011.

Unification of the Taxation of Foreign Enterprises, Foreign Invested Enterprises and Domestic Enterprises - China

  February 1, 2011     By UB & Co. Attorneys and Counselors
The State Council issued the Notice on Unifying the City Construction Tax and Educational Surcharge of the Foreign Invested Enterprises, Foreign Enterprises, Foreign Individuals and Domestic Enterprises (the "Notice") on October 18th, 2010.

China Supreme People's Court Issued Provisions on Foreign Investment Disputes

  February 1, 2011     By UB & Co. Attorneys and Counselors
The PRC Supreme People's Court issued the Provisions on Several Matters Concerning the Hearing of Disputes Involving Foreign-Invested Enterprises (I) (the "Provisions") on August 16, 2010, which entered into force on the same day. The Provisions provide guidance for certain disputes arising from the establishment and changes in the registration of the foreign-invested enterprise (the "FIE").

China's Ministry of Commence Broadens the Approval Authorization of Foreign Investment

  February 1, 2011     By UB & Co. Attorneys and Counselors
Ministry of Commence of PRC issued the Notice on the Transfer of Approval Authorization of Foreign Investment (hereinafter the "Notice") on June 10, 2010.

China's State Council Issues New Policies to Boost Foreign Investment in China

  February 1, 2011     By UB & Co. Attorneys and Counselors
Several Opinions on Further Improving the Work of Utilizing Foreign Investment (the "Opinions") were issued by the State Council of China (the "State Council") on April 6th, 2010.

China Strengthens the Registration Management of Foreign Companies' Representative Offices

  February 1, 2011     By UB & Co. Attorneys and Counselors
The Notice on Further Administration of Registration of Foreign Companies' Resident Representative Offices (the "Notice") was issued by China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce ("SAIC") and the Ministry of Public Security jointly on 4th January, 2010.

A New Corporate Structure in Partnerships: A New Form of Investment for Foreign Enterprises and Individuals

  February 1, 2011     By UB & Co. Attorneys and Counselors
Measures for the Administration on the Establishment of Partnership Business by Foreign Enterprises or Individuals in China (the “Measures”) shall come into effect as of March 1, 2010.

E-Justice

  January 21, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
E-justice, the use of Internet technology in handling various administrative procedures before, during and after the administration of justice, provides a host of possibilities throughout the legal process, from lobbying through to the provision of remote authoritative legal information and certificates. It is seen by many as the key to streamlining and expediting justice.

Implementation of the European Semester

  January 21, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
After the publication of the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) by the European Commission, the Hungarian Presidency undertook to implement the first ever "European Semester" a six-month period of each year in which member states' budgetary and structural policies are reviewed to identify any inconsistencies and emerging imbalances, so as to facilitate coordination before major budgetary decisions are finalized.

Shanghai’s Pilot Program Facilitating Foreign-invested RMB Funds

  January 18, 2011     By Guo Lian Law Firm
Shanghai Municipal Finance Office officially released the Details on Implementing the Pilot Program of Foreign-invested Equity Investment Enterprises [Hu Jin Rong Ban Tong (2011) 38] on 12 January 2011 (“Pilot Program”), which will take effect from 1 February 2011.

Foreign Investments Entry Vehicles to China

  January 17, 2011     By Pamir Law Group
Unlike in some western societies where one form of company can be used for a broad unlimited business scope, in China different corporate structures are used for different purposes. It is important to understand the structural options to avoid trying to cram a round peg through a square hole.

Bulgarian Civil Court System Hierarchy

  January 13, 2011     By Trifonov Law Offices
There are 3 levels of Bulgarian civil court system hierarchy.

European Public E-Procurement

  January 12, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
On 18 October 2010 the European Commission launched a consultation on electronic procurement in the public sector. In the now standard form of the Green Paper, consultation will seek to gather the views of stakeholders on how the EU can help Member States to accelerate and facilitate the procedures for issuing public tenders.

Criminal Liabilities for Illegal Fundraising in China

  January 12, 2011     By Guo Lian Law Firm
In China, raising funds from public must be conducted strictly in accordance with laws to avoid criminal liabilities. China’s Criminal Law (1997) criminalize some public fundraising conducts and imposes severe criminal punishments on violators.

EU Launches Financial Supervisory Bodies

  January 5, 2011     By Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC
Following the approval by the European Parliament of a reforms package on European financial supervision, the Council has adopted the legal texts establishing the European Systemic Risk Board and three new supervisory authorities, aimed at eliminating deficiencies in the banking sector, the stock markets and the insurance market.

Ongoing Arbitration for Mobil Oil over Venezuelan Assets

  January 3, 2011     By Sally & Fitch LLP
Mobil Corporation's claims in international arbitration against Venezuela's national oil company raises issues common to all commercial transactions that cross borders.

International Arbitration: Appeals of Decisions in Foreign Courts

  January 3, 2011     By Sally & Fitch LLP
Business clients must always understand that international arbitration can lead to appellate litigation on foreign shores, and prepare accordingly.

Foreign Investment: Setting up of Manufacturing Business in Malaysia- Promoted Activities

  December 30, 2010     By L Y Lu & Co
The following is the list of promoted activities and products for high technology companies which are eligible for consideration of Pioneer Status or Investment Tax Allowance under the Promotion of Investment Act 1986.

Foreign Investment: Setting up of Manufacturing Business in Malaysia- Approval Criteria

  December 30, 2010     By L Y Lu & Co
Foreign investor manufacturing license application – Malaysian government’s guidelines requirement.

Foreign Investment: Setting up of Manufacturing Business in Malaysia- Basic Requirements

  December 30, 2010     By L Y Lu & Co
Manufacturing license application - Eligibility and statutory requirement.


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