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The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has issued a long awaited resolution setting out exceptions to Article 13 of Federal Law No. 2 of 2019 (“Health Data Law”), which by default prohibits the transfer, storage, generation or processing of health data that relates to health services provided in the UAE (“UAE Health Data”) outside of the UAE.

On 31 December 2020, the Government issued Decree No. 155/2020/ND-CP (“Decree No. 155”) implementing Securities Law No. 54/2019/QH14 (“Securities Law”). Decree No. 155 provides detailed guidance on the Securities Law, with changes made to the regulations on tender offer, foreign ownership limits, corporate governance and public company disclosure obligations — all of which could have an impact on public M&A transactions.

The Upper Tribunal upheld a First Tier Tribunal decision that a project manager was within IR35 as he would have been an employee if he had been engaged directly. The case (Northern Light Solutions Limited v Revenue and Customs [2021] UKUT 134 (TCC)) relates to the pre-6 April 2021 position according to which it was for the contractor to determine whether he was inside or outside IR35.

Trade secrets are broad in scope and can be what provides your business with a competitive edge, ensures efficiencies and tracking, results in a better product or service and enables better marketing and identification of the target consumer. Yet when it comes to working with commercial partners in supply chains, the risk to this proprietary information can be put at risk.

Banks seem to face difficulties in implementing their digital transformation projects due to the regulatory restrictions directly or indirectly applicable to cloud computing. This publication represents the initial results of Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office ongoing research of potential regulatory obstacles for a bank to migrate into a cloud environment leveraging market survey conducted during spring this year.

In Baker McKenzie’s Government Procurement Update, you will find the latest guidance, trends and enforcement actions related to government procurement (both U.S. government contracting and International Financing Institutions), including suspension and debarment, bid protests, and False Claims Act defense. Calling upon our deep bench of 4000+ lawyers and legal professionals worldwide, we will occasionally invite guest practitioners to write about related topics in the criminal, civil, and administrative context. Readers can expect to find practical guidance and tips for compliance with public procurement policies as well as best practices for managing government inquiries and litigation.

As Asia Pacific business leaders continue to make important decisions to meet business needs, they need to navigate post-pandemic challenges and future complexities around strategic M&A activity. The third report in Baker & McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Business Renewal Series, explores how digital transformation has become a driving force in business decision making, and how it will shape the business landscape over the decade to come.

The European Commission, on 30 June 2021, proposed reforms to the General Product Safety Directive in the form of a Regulation, intended to safeguard consumers. The Proposal makes substantial amendments to the GPSD, which has been in place for the last 20 years, seeks to increase the protection offered to EU consumers in respect of products they purchase, both in store and online, whilst also addressing challenges posed by today’s modern world, which has been reshaped by digitalization and the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the pandemic alert has been raised to Level 3, companies have upgraded their pandemic countermeasures. Many companies have implemented work-from-home or a remote work plan in response to the pandemic to reduce the potential impact caused by COVID-19 and to ensure continuity of business operations.
One of the critical issues for work-from-home arrangement is how to keep an employee attendance record. According to the latest ruling issued by the Ministry of Labor, companies may follow the ‘Guiding Principles for Employees Work Time Away from the Business Premises’ to determine the working hours and maintain attendance records.