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Overruling earlier precedent, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court decided, in a ruling from 4 February 2021, that the supply of connectivity, capacity and space in a data center should not be exempt from VAT liability as letting of immovable property. The ruling aligns Swedish law with the reasoning of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in the recent A Oy case and is positive news for the Swedish co-location and data center industry.

Since 2013, even if the interest income from a loan to an affiliated company in Sweden was taxed at a rate of at least 10% in the lender’s country of residence, the interest deduction was often disallowed on the ground that the principal reason for the debt having arisen was for the group to receive a substantial tax benefit. Last Wednesday, 20 January 2021, the ECJ ruled that it is contrary to EU law to deny interest deduction on cross-border loans on this ground if the interest would have been considered deductible if the lender had been a Swedish entity. This landmark ruling provides companies the possibility to reassess non-deductible interest costs in Sweden.

Since 2012, the Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute’s (“IMM”) guidelines have been an important cornerstone in promoting self-regulation as a measure to combat corruption in the Swedish business industry. In keeping up to date with current societal trends, the code, previously called the “Code on Gifts, Rewards and other Benefits in Business”,…

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.

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 with Africa, outlining the region’s plans for its new, stronger relationship with the continent. The Commission had earlier stated that 2020 would be a pivotal year…

The financial markets are experiencing a significant amount of disruption for which there is no precedent. However, in these difficult times it is important that originators, sponsors and securitisation special purpose entities (SSPEs) do not lose sight of their regulatory obligations under Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 (Securitisation Regulation). This short briefing…