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Dealmaking Slows Across Africa, but Post-pandemic Opportunities Look Interesting

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Deal making activity in sub-Saharan Africa dropped in terms of both volume and value in 2020, compared to 2019. As the continent readies itself...

US – CBP issued guidance on the UAE Sec. 232 aluminum quotas but then...

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On January 27, 2021, CBP issued CSMS #45967303 – United Arab Emirates Section 232 Aluminum Absolute Quota limits beginning February 3, 2021, to implement Presidential Proclamation...

US – Trump’s adjusted removal of 10% duty on UAE Aluminum imports and replacement...

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On January 25, 2021, the Federal Register published Proclamation 10139 of January 19 – Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States, which modified the terms of...

Africa: Key industry trends to emerge across the post-pandemic continent

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In brief Wildu du Plessis, Head of Africa for Baker McKenzie, quotes from a recent Baker McKenzie report - Unprecedented: Converging Crises - as he outlines the...

South Africa: Let’s get constructive about constructive dismissal – You can still be fired

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In brief The Labor Appeal Court in South Africa recently found that an employer has a right to institute disciplinary proceedings for misconduct during an...

South Africa: Removal of prohibition of “loop structures” – Don’t forget to check the...

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In brief The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has begun to implement a new capital flow management system in South Africa, with changes starting to...

Africa: Start Ups in Francophone Africa

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This first newsletter of the year sets out an analysis of the existing or upcoming rules to encourage the creation of start-ups in 10 French-speaking African countries (Algeria, Togo, Benin, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Gabon, Cameroon, Tunisia, and Chad).

Europe: Post-COVID-19 Cross-border remote working: managing tax risks

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The pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways, but for many of us, one of the most affected areas has certainly been work.COVID-19...

US – President proclaims modifications to HTS for AGOA, USIFTA, CBERA, EU

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On December 29, 2020, the Federal Register published Presidential Proclamation 10128 of December 22, 2020 – To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth...

United Arab Emirates: Updates on the Consumer Protection Law

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The long awaited Federal Law No. 15 of 2020 on Consumer Protection ("Consumer Protection Law") has been issued on 10 November 2020 and is a major update which aims to revamp and repeal the old UAE consumer protection laws, being Federal Law No. 24 of 2006 ("Old Law"). Due to the rapid rise of e-commerce globally, including in the UAE, the Consumer Protection Law now acknowledges and captures e-commerce service providers. The Consumer Protection Law has also now imposed a restriction on using personal data of customers for marketing and promotion purposes.
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