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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 22 Mar 2019

Cable TV operators battle media on demand

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently authorised Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecoms operator in Taiwan, to use aggregate channels for its media-on-demand service. Unsurprisingly, local cable TV operators have protested the NCC's one-sided decision and demanded the same liberalised regulations. While the future of cable TV in Taiwan remains uncertain, over-the-top media......
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Elias Neocleous & Co LLC | Cyprus | 1 Mar 2019

Issuance of tax residence certificates based on 60-day residence rule

The Cyprus Tax Department recently issued a circular giving guidance on the tax residence provisions for individuals introduced by Law 119(I)/2017. The circular makes clear that an individual who holds office as a director of a Cyprus tax-resident company and delegates this office to an alternate or nominee director at any time during the tax year does not qualify for Cyprus tax residence......
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George Z Georgiou & Associates LLC | Cyprus | 22 Feb 2019

Rent Control Court awards damages to owner after tenant is evicted

The Limassol Rent Control Court recently dismissed an application regarding the eviction of a tenant from a leasehold. Since it was ruled that the first and second applicants had never owned the property, they were not entitled to file the eviction application. However, the court awarded damages in relation to unpaid rent to the third applicant (who became the actual owner of the property......
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Walder Wyss Ltd | Switzerland | 22 Feb 2019

Welcome relaxation of Swiss withholding tax rules on foreign bonds guaranteed by Swiss parent company

The Swiss Federal Tax Administration recently relaxed its practice under which bonds that are issued by foreign resident issuers, but guaranteed by their Swiss resident parent company, are requalified as domestic issuances which trigger Swiss withholding tax on interest payments. The revised rules significantly increase the permissible use of proceeds in Switzerland.
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AnJie Law Firm | China | 22 Feb 2019

Amended personal information security specifications released for public comment

The National Information Security Standardisation Technical Committee recently published the draft Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specifications for public comment. Among other amendments, the draft has revised the exceptions regarding authorisation and consent by personal information subjects, introduced rules concerning the merger of personal information and......
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Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law | Switzerland | 22 Feb 2019

Swiss voters reject plan to freeze building zones

Swiss voters recently rejected an initiative that aimed to stop urban sprawl by freezing the overall size of building zones andstrictly limiting exceptions that allow building activities outside building zones. While supporters of the initiative considered the current legal regime to be insufficient, opponents argued that the proposed initiative was overly strict, unable to accommodate......
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Fasken | Canada | 20 Feb 2019

Dazed and confused about recreational and medical cannabis

Recreational cannabis was recently legalised in Canada. However, employers are confused as to whether recreational and medical cannabis should be handled differently under human rights laws. Among other things, employers can prohibit the possession of any recreational cannabis at work even though the possession of small amounts is now legal. Nevertheless, employers are obliged to accommodate......
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Vedder Price PC | United Kingdom | 20 Feb 2019

Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited sought $260 million in damages from Compagnia Aerea Italia

In a recent High Court Case, Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited (APFL) sought $260 million in damages from Compagnia Aerea Italia (CAI) for an alleged repudiatory breach of a framework agreement under which CAI had agreed to lease certain new Airbus A320 family aircraft. APFL had agreed to buy these aircraft from Airbus. However, CAI argued that it had become impossible for either party to......
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George Z Georgiou & Associates LLC | Cyprus | 20 Feb 2019

Employment law amendments introduced for seagoing vessels and crew

Four employment laws concerning seagoing vessels and their crew were recently amended. Among other things, the amendments relate to transfers of seagoing vessels and their crew under a transfer of undertakings, the definition of a 'competent authority' for notifying collective redundancies and the role and protection of merchant vessel crew members who act as employee representatives.
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Smart & Biggar | Canada | 20 Feb 2019

Health Canada requests feedback on company names added to Generic Submissions Under Review List

Health Canada recently requested feedback on the possible impact on and use to stakeholders if the Generic Submissions Under Review List is updated to include sponsor names (ie, the company that filed the generic submission). Sponsors are included in the Submissions Under Review List for new drug submissions (which includes biosimilars) accepted into review on or after 1 October 2018.
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