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UK: Opportunities in Distressed M&A

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The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to give rise to a wave of distressed companies looking for buyers or investors. With depressed valuations and significant...

EU Consumer Protection Law Developments – Impact on the TMT Industry Webinar

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On Monday 15 June 2020, our Baker McKenzie TMT industry group experts hosted a virtual webinar session on the EU Consumer Protection Law Developments...

Canada: Bill 64 and its proposed amendments to Quebec’s Privacy Laws

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On 12 June 2020, the government of Quebec introduced Bill 64, "An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information" (Bill). The Bill proposes to modernize the existing framework applicable to the protection of personal information by amending various public, and private sector Quebec laws, to align closer with the requirements under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the European General Data Protection Regulation. The Act respecting the protection of personal information in the privacy sector, which is Quebec’s private sector privacy law, is one of the laws that will be significantly impacted by Bill 64.

United States: This Week in Government Enforcement

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This Week in Government Enforcement Please join us for a new weekly video series, hosted by Baker McKenzie's Government Enforcement partners Tom Firestone and Jerome...

International: European Commission publishes White Paper suggesting new EU filing obligations for Companies that...

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The European Commission ("Commission") published a White Paper proposing to create three new review mechanisms aimed at addressing the potential distortive effects caused by foreign subsidies in the Single market generally; in acquisitions of EU companies; and during EU public procurement procedures. A public consultation is now open until 23 September 2020 during which stakeholders can provide their views on the options set out in the White Paper. The new mechanisms would apply to all non-EU companies benefitting from non-EU subsidies. New filing obligations would apply if non-EU subsidies might have a distortive effect on competition on the EU market.

Global: TMT Talk Podcast Series – Latest Episode: Expected developments in M&A transactions in...

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A tech-entwined world necessarily puts focus on technology companies and the opportunities that arise with them. TMT Talk, the Global TMT industry podcast, will help you navigate and prioritize via insights from top legal advisers in strategic technology markets. We'll go into the issues, how they affect businesses, society, and the way players deal with them.

South Africa: Cybercrime post COVID-19 – Authorized push payment fraud in the world of...

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COVID-19 has led to an increase in online business dealings and transactions, which has resulted in a steady rise in cybercrime. Criminals are using techniques such as authorized push payment fraud to steal large sums of money from unsuspecting individuals and entities. Wian Steyn, Senior Associate, and Rui Lopes, Associate, in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Johannesburg, discuss how this fraud takes place, and the legal obligations and duties imposed on investment managers, investors and banks, to protect against it.

United Kingdom: COVID-19 and consumer law issues – refunds and cancellations, the holiday accommodation...

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The CMA has begun to take action against businesses operating in the holiday accommodation sector that it considers are failing to comply with the law.This follows the CMA guidance in late April on consumer cancellations and refunds, and the announcement that it would be focusing on the sectors against which it had received the most complaints. On 9 June the CMA press release stated that "following CMA action, a major holiday lets company is now offering refunds for cancelled bookings, while others are facing further scrutiny over their policies".

Switzerland: Legal guide to public contracting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

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As a result of the extraordinary situation resulting from the spread of COVID-19 in Switzerland, the Executive Board of the Federal Procurement Conference (FPC) has issued recommendations for the public procurement of goods and services and contractual matters during the current COVID-19 crisis. The main goal is to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Swiss economy from a public procurement perspective.The recommendations are valid during the exceptional situation as defined in the COVID-19-Ordinance 2 on measures to combat the coronavirus (SR 818.101.24) and for six months after the end of the exceptional situation.However, owing to federalism, procurement law is not uniform. The recommendations of the FPC are not legally binding and, thus, the cantons may deviate from them.

Global: The Future of Dispute Resolution

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 The COVID-19 pandemic will have long-lasting effects on our society and economy. It has already forced us to reevaluate how we socialize, work and...
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