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HTMLAssessing Damages for Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination in Hong Kong
Duncan A. W. Abate, Hong Tran; Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
The recent Hong Kong District Court case (DCEO 4/2013) involved a termination of the employment of the plaintiff on the ground of her disability and pregnancy. This was held to be unlawful under both the Disability Discrimination Ordinance (DDO) and the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO).

 

HTMLRevised Negative List for Shanghai FTZ - Substantive Changes for Foreign Investors?
Frank L. Qi, Betty F. K. Tam; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014
It has been over nine months since the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) was launched and a “negative list” approach for foreign investment adopted in the FTZ. On 1 July 2014, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government issued a revised version of the negative list (the “Revised...

 

HTMLCONFAZ ICMS Convention No. 63/2014: Tax Amnesty Program for the State of Sergipe
Carolina M. Bottino, Ivan Tauil; Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
On 07/11/2014, ICMS Convention No. 63/2014, enacted by the National Finance Policy Council - CONFAZ - was published in the Official Gazette. It authorizes the State of Sergipe to implement a Tax Amnesty Program to waive or reduce penalties and interest related to ICMS debts due by December 31, 2013.

 

Adobe PDFUS Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Final Rules Regarding the Application of Security-Based Swap Intermediary Definitions to Cross-Border Security Based Swap Activity
Joshua Cohn, Curtis A. Doty, Alex C. Lakatos, Jerome J. Roche, David R. Sahr; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has adopted final rules (the “CrossBorder Rules”) regarding the cross-border application of certain security-based swap (“SBS”) provisions of Title VII of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...

 

HTMLWTO Appellate Body Rules on Dispute over US Countervailing Duty Law
Timothy J. Keeler, Duane W. Layton, Matthew J. McConkey, Paulette Vander Schueren; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014
The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) has issued its decision in the dispute between the United States and China over the so-called “GPX Legislation.” The GPX Legislation expressly authorizes the US Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) to...

 

Adobe PDFMOFCOM Removes Capital Contribution Restrictions on Foreign Investments in China
Joyce J. Sun, Betty F. K. Tam; Johnson Stokes & Master Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 2, 2014
On 17 June 2014 the Ministry of Commerce of China (MOFCOM) issued the Notice on the Improvement of Foreign Investment Approval and Administration Matters (“Notice”), confirming that the company registration system reform introduced in China earlier this year applies equally to...

 

Adobe PDFImplementing An Information Governance Program
Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on June 2014
The IT department of a retail company implements email account volume limits in attempt to control growing data proliferation. In response, employees in the data analytics department begin using off-system cloud storage options to store their data. The cloud storage company announces that there has...

 

HTMLUS Trade Representative Initiates an Environmental Review of Free Trade Agreement with the European Union
Timothy J. Keeler, Margaret-Rose Sales; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the initiation of an environmental review of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (T-TIP), a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and...

 

HTMLUS Supreme Court Expands (and Potentially Limits) the Reach of the Bank Fraud Statute
Vincent J. Connelly, William Michael, Richard E. Nowak; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014
The US Supreme Court has unanimously held that federal prosecutors can use the federal bank fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1344, against offenders in cases where a bank is not the intended target of a fraud.

 

HTMLMPF Amendment Bill Gazetted in Hong Kong
Duncan A. W. Abate; Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014
If passed, the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Amendment) Bill, gazetted on 27 June 2014, will introduce some fundamental new concepts into Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund system. In particular it will introduce a new circumstance in which benefits can be paid (terminal illness) and...

 


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