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Following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 22 November 2022, access to the Luxembourg register of beneficial owners website via the internet has been temporarily suspended. This judgment, taken on a preliminary ruling from the Luxembourg District Court in a dispute between the beneficial owners of an entity registered in Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Business Register, underlines that access without distinction of user quality, although imposed by the text of Directive (EU) 2018/843 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing transposed into Luxembourg law, is contrary, in particular, to Articles 7 and 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The Tax and Legal Breakfasts: Employment seminar at the Baker McKenzie Luxembourg Office on Tuesday 29 November 2022 is designed to give our clients the keys to better apprehend and manage dismissal cases under Luxembourg law. During the seminar, we will cover the traditional questions of the types of dismissal and explain how to build up and manage a case. Furthermore, in a context where employers have difficulties in exercising their power of control over employees working remotely, where harassment claims constantly increase and where employers fear abusive whistleblowing procedures, we will also explain what measures could be implemented or course of action, such as dismissal, taken.
All sessions are complimentary to Baker McKenzie clients and affiliates.

Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions Blog published the alert titled OFAC extends and reissues General License authorizing certain transactions involving the Central Bank of Russia, the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation, or the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation  on 22 November 2022. Read the article via the link here. Please also visit our Sanctions Blog for the most recent updates.

The European Union is on the verge of adopting the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) following a vote in the European Parliament on 10 November 2022. Compared to its predecessor, the CSRD expands the scope of companies required to disclose more detailed information regarding the impact of their activities on sustainability matters in their management report. The goal of the CSRD is to provide more transparency to the public on companies’ sustainability motives and efforts and to help investors and other stakeholders evaluate the non-financial performance of companies.

On 14 November, the UK Government confirmed that it would continue to recognize the CE marking in Great Britain for another two years (until 31 December 2024) giving businesses extra time to prepare for the mandatory introduction of the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking. Businesses can continue to use the new UKCA marking voluntarily until then, giving them flexibility to choose which marking to apply.

At COP 27 in November 2022, South Africa launched its new Just Energy Transition Investment Plan and announced a five-year investment plan for the USD 8.5 billion financing package, which was announced as part of the country’s Just Energy Transition Partnership with France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union at COP 26. The JET IP is aligned with the Cabinet-approved National Just Transition Framework and outlines the investments required to achieve the country’s decarbonization commitments, while promoting sustainable development, and ensuring a just transition for affected workers and communities.