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Elias Neocleous & Co LLC | Cyprus | 30 Jan 2019

Amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention enter into force

The Deputy Ministry of Shipping (DMS) recently issued the 2016 Amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention. The amendments affect maritime labour certificates and declarations of maritime labour compliance. In this regard, the DMS has announced that existing certificates and declarations will remain valid until their expiry date.
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Grau & Angulo | Spain | 28 Jan 2019

Courts adopt specific protocol to protect IP rights during MWC 2019

The next Mobile World Congress (MWC) will be held in Barcelona in February 2019. Foreseeing potential conflicts between the participating companies, the panel of judges of the Barcelona commercial courts has agreed – for the fifth consecutive year – to adopt a specific protocol to protect technology patents, industrial designs, trademarks and copyright and defend against unfair competition......
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Schoenherr | Hungary | 23 Jan 2019

'Slave act': changes to working time rules

In Hungary, as is the case in other EU countries, recent economic growth has been accompanied by a labour shortage. Under pressure to find a solution, the government introduced a new law to amend the working time rules. Since its adoption, the new law has come under close scrutiny from opposition parties and trade unions, and in December 2018 thousands of people took to the streets to protest......
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Fischer (FBC & Co) | Israel | 15 Jan 2019

New bulletin aims to clarify dual listing process

The Corporate Finance Department at the Israel Securities Authority recently issued its Staff Legal Bulletin on dual-listed companies. The bulletin is a summary of the most up-to-date information on the issuance, reporting, listing and delisting of dual-listed companies and is intended to clarify and reflect these processes for dual-listed companies and companies considering dual listing.
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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | Canada | 6 Dec 2018

Consolidation of arbitration proceedings without consent: cautionary tale

In a decision that is inconsistent with the weight of Canadian and international jurisprudence, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta recently ordered the consolidation of arbitration proceedings without the consent of all parties. For now, parties and practitioners should be aware that arbitrations seated in Alberta may be subject to consolidation without consent.
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Fischer (FBC & Co) | Israel | 4 Dec 2018

Committee report on promotion of publicly traded infrastructure investment funds

An inter-ministerial committee was recently set up to promote the establishment of publicly traded funds for investment in infrastructure. The committee was formed to examine and recommend measures and actions that would encourage the establishment of traded infrastructure funds in order to increase the availability of financing sources for infrastructure projects, reduce the financial costs......
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Becerril Coca & Becerril SC | Mexico | 3 Dec 2018

USMCA or NAFTA 2.0: what's really new for intellectual property?

The IP chapter of the recently negotiated US-Mexico-Canada Agreement is one of the most comprehensive of all of the treaties negotiated by the parties to date. However, despite all of the criticism and buzz surrounding the chapter, will Mexico actually have to make that many changes to its existing patent system? In practice, the negotiated text appears to be more of a compromise not to......
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Elias Neocleous & Co LLC | Cyprus | 6 Nov 2018

Court procedure when enforcing European Account Preservation Orders in Cyprus

EU Regulation 655/2014 recently established a European Account Preservation Order procedure to facilitate cross-border debt recovery. In Cyprus, claimants must file an application for such an order at the district court with jurisdiction over the main dispute. The Cyprus courts have always required appropriate security to be provided for freezing orders and are likely to adopt a conservative......
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Maćešić & Partners | Croatia | 5 Nov 2018

Amendments to Act on Renewable Energy Sources and High-Efficiency Cogeneration

The government recently adopted a number of amendments to the Act on Renewable Energy Sources and High-Efficiency Cogeneration. According to the government, the amendments aim to harmonise national law with the EU legal framework, introduce an integration process for eligible producers of renewable electricity and high-efficiency cogeneration on the electricity market and reduce the......
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Jingtian & Gongcheng | China | 19 Oct 2018

New regulations promote issuance of panda bonds

The People's Bank of China and the Ministry of Finance recently issued the Interim Measures for the Administration of Bond Issuance by Overseas Institutions in the National Inter-bank Bond Market. Among other things, the new measures further clarify the qualification, application procedure, bond issuance, registration, custody and settlement and information disclosure requirements for......
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