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The Digital Services Act imposes wide-ranging and transformative obligations on online intermediaries and platforms. As has been well-publicized over the last few months, the most onerous obligations and tighter deadlines for compliance fall on services designated by the Commission as very large online platforms or very large online search engines. However, all online platforms and online search engines were required to publish information on their user figures earlier this year, and all online intermediaries in scope should be preparing for full compliance in February 2024.

Join us for an interactive session facilitated by Ben Allgrove, Baker McKenzie’s Chief Innovation Officer, that will touch on some of the compliance and governance risks around adopting AI from a contracting or transactional perspective on 1 and 2 November 2023 at Baker McKenzie, Al Fattan Currency House, Tower 2, Level 16, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is driving new business opportunities across a growing number of industry sectors, including consumer goods and retail. Enticed by its transformative potential, companies are actively exploring, experimenting, and deploying AI solutions in business processes, products, and services and are finding ways to derive business value from it. The emergence of generative AI capable of human-like text that can analyze vast amounts of data and create new content has caught the public’s attention and turbocharged interest in potential use cases in the CG&R industry.

On 19 September 2023, the law dated 7 August 2023 overhauling the centenary law of associations and foundations (“Law”) was published in the Luxembourg official gazette. The Law repeals the law of 21 April 1928 on non-profit associations and foundations. The Law aims to lighten and modernize the legal framework for non-profit associations and foundations and provide more accounting transparency to guarantee better control and thus create a new legal framework that meets the current associative and charitable sector’s needs.

The luxury and fashion industry has grown rapidly in recent years, driven by the rising worldwide demand of the image-conscious, growing middle classes in emerging markets, and the incredible advancement and evolution in online retail sales and marketing. These developments have ushered in new challenges for the industry with companies facing more stringent regulations as they expand into new markets and a heightened demand from consumers for greater transparency around sustainability, supply chain, as well as complex tax and corporate issues. This is a Comprehensive global guide to all legal matters relating to the luxury and fashion industry.

On 26 September 2023, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited published its consultation paper on GEM listing reforms. The proposals have the objective of encouraging and facilitating listings of small and/or medium-sized enterprises on GEM while upholding high standards of investor protection. The consultation period will close on 6 November 2023. Subject to market feedback, the Exchange expects that the rule amendments will come into effect in early 2024.

On 17 August 2023, the Ministry of Health published the draft decree, and related technical regulations, on the “Transparent Healthcare” public register and launched a public consultation to gather comments and contributions from stakeholders, including manufacturers of health products, healthcare professionals and organizations.

Following the promulgation of the Law on Protection of Consumers’ Rights (amended) (“New LPCR”), the Ministry of Industry and Trade has released for public consultation the draft decree detailing and guiding several articles of the New LPCR (“Draft Decree”).
The Draft Decree is due to come into effect on 1 July 2024, which is also the effective date of the New LPCR. The draft includes eight chapters and 30 articles, enclosed with 14 regulatory forms that will be used in different procedures under the New LPCR.