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EMEA: COVID-19 Life Sciences Survey (Updated)

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As COVID-19 rapidly spreads to every corner of the globe and is officially declared a pandemic, governments across the world are adopting emergency measures to fight against this extraordinary situation. Ultimately, all these measures are aimed at protecting the health and wellbeing of citizens. However, on the healthcare and life sciences front in particular, such measures range from intervention powers to guarantee adequate supplies of treatment and medical equipment, to the relaxation of deadlines and regulatory requirements to simplify administrative procedures wherever possible, so that competent authorities, manufacturers and other actors can focus on urgent priorities related to the COVID-19 crisis.

Spain: The new serious offence in hazard prevention – Violation of employment measures related...

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Royal Decree Law 21/2020, dated 9 June, on urgent prevention, containment and coordination measures to deal with the health crisis caused by COVID-19, included several prevention measures aimed at ensuring the public's right to life and health during the health crisis.

Europe: COVID-19 – Recovery & Renewal — EMEA Tax Issues – Wealth Management

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Baker McKenzie's EMEA Tax Practice Group presented an overview on "Wealth Management" on 7 July 2020, the fourth in a series of short webinars to keep tax professionals abreast of recent developments in these less than certain times.

Spain: COVID-19 – VAT developments from the Spanish Supreme Court and Directorate of Taxes

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Recently, the Spanish Supreme Court published judgments where it analyzed if the amount of the turnover attributable to certain financial transactions should be included in the pro rata denominator as not incidental. In addition, the Directorate of Taxes issued a ruling that analyzes the VAT consequences of the rent write-off made by the lessor during the COVID-19 pandemic and a ruling that analyzes the VAT treatment of the services rendered by a social network considering that the consideration received is the user's data.

International: COVID-19 Global guide on public contracting

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In light of the global pandemic, governments across the globe are faced with urgent needs whose immediate coverage is a matter of life and death. Hence, these unusual and uncertain times call for rare and exceptional measures, and without much ado, governments around the globe have provided them. Common to all approaches is the will to enable public contractors to procure the urgently needed supplies to save lives and contain the pandemic without major bureaucratic hurdles.

Europe: Recovery & Renewal – EMEA Tax Issues: Digital Tax

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Baker McKenzie's EMEA Tax Practice Group presented an overview on "Digital Tax", the third in a series of short webinars to keep tax professionals abreast of recent developments in these less than certain times on 23 June 2020.

A Strengthening Partnership – European Union’s New Africa Strategy Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainty

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In early March 2020, after COVID-19 had already begun its journey of destruction around the world, the European Commission (Commission) published its Comprehensive Strategy...

EU Securitisation Regulation Disclosure in Times of COVID-19

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The financial markets are experiencing a significant amount of disruption for which there is no precedent. However, in these difficult times it is important...

Europe: COVID-19 Government Intervention Schemes

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Countries around the globe are facing unprecedented and rapid change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government Intervention Schemes Guide provides a summary of...

Global: COVID-19 Data Privacy & Security Survey

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Our latest edition covers 39 jurisdictions, answering five common data privacy and security questions employers may have in light of COVID-19.As the world grapples...
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