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A new act on Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing will enter into force, replacing the anti-money laundering act currently in force, on 26 June 2017. The new act is intended to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2015/849 (i.e. the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive).

The “Communiqué on Trust Seal in Electronic Commerce” (“Communiqué”) has been published in the Official Gazette dated 6 June 2017 and numbered 30088 and came into effect as of the publication date. Within the frame of such Communiqué, following subjects have been regulated; 

After China, the world’s largest merchandise exporter, joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, it agreed to a 15-year transitional period during which other members would be allowed to use the “non-market economy” method for dumping calculations. This transitional period ended on 11 December 2016, and forced certain WTO members to revise their anti-dumping strategies. 

Serbian legislation provides for a maternity leave compensation in the amount of the mother’s average salary in the last 12 months before the leave. The compensations is paid from the state budget, but the procedure of ascertaining the right to maternity leave compensation is conducted by local government.

Along with the reason provided in art. 509 par. (1) (1) of the Code of Civil Procedure, the reason for the review discussed in this article is perhaps the most common in practice due to multiple interpretative possibilities, but also because it is apparently much more accessible than the other grounds for review, which are more rigid in interpretation. In the majority of cases, however, reviewers are basically trying to resume the fund by invoking a seemingly new document that does not meet the requirements of the law to underpin the review of a judgment. 

As of 1 July 2017, an amendment to the Bankruptcy and Liquidation Proceedings Act will enter into force, aiming at close the loopholes and consolidating the case law. The amendment clarifies the provisions on the disputing of the claim by the debtor and on the statutory requirements of the payment reminder to be sent by the creditor. The regulations on the option right and the transfer of rights and claims for security purposes will also be amended.

In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio, is given to the Ministry of Economy (“Ministry”). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette. 

Nowadays, Electronic Commerce (“E-Commerce”) continues to rapidly become the platform where consumer habits are most consantrated.  In line with rapid developments on technology, devices and online platforms are getting to know their users more closely.

The Law No. 5846 on Intellectual and Artistic Works ("IP Law") is the main legislation in Turkey that is applicable to copyright related matters. In early May, Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s General Directorate of Copyrights shared on their website a Draft Law Amending the Law No. 5846 on Intellectual and Artistic Works ("Draft Law") and announced that the proposed amendments are open for public opinion.

Retail industry leads Turkish economy in recent years and shopping malls are the most essential figures of such industry. Shopping malls have recently undergone a challenging period by virtue of social and economic developments throughout the country.

Law no. 24/2017 regarding the financial instruments issuers and stock market operations published in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, no. 213 of March 29, 2017, is based on legal provisions that initially existed in Law 297/2004 on capital market, as further amended, provisions taken further and/or amended by this new law so as to reflect the dynamics of the capital market and of the European legislation, with an aim to help investors stay more informed, to increase transparency, to improve the public tender offers’ regime and the financial instruments’ issuance, and to harmonize the sanctions for market abuse.

In recent times, more and more international companies are outsourcing their call centres and data processing facilities to Serbia.

The Hungarian Parliament modified the provisions on the implementation of the Country-by-Country Reporting (CbCR) system according to the 2016/1164 EU directive. These changes relate to the obligation of the transfer pricing documentation for multinational enterprises.

The Corporations Act provides that the venue, date and time of a general meeting must be set in such a manner that shareholders’ rights to attend (and vote) are not unreasonably limited. Would this statutory requirement be met if the general meeting were held in a foreign country? If so, under what circumstances?

According to Seth, the pen name of Canadian cartoonist Gregory Gallant, “We can’t suddenly quit a job and then race to find a form of art that will pay off before the next mortgage payment is due. Creating art is a habit, one that we practice daily or hourly until we get good at it.… Art isn’t about the rush of victory that comes from being picked.” 

Due to the increasing activities of state authorities concerning the liability of juridical persons in general, but especially regarding corporate criminal liability, the topic of compliance is no longer seen only as a formal requirement but is becoming more and more important in the Czech Republic in almost all areas of law.

With Croatia joining the European Union and assuming the obligation to implement EU law, compliance became the key word in the country’s legal market. At first, the complicated regulatory environment produced legal uncertainty in entire industries.

2015 and 2016 turned into a period of reform for the Ukrainian antitrust regulatory framework and the Ukrainian competition authority – the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC).

In the era of modern business, where strengthening of existing businesses and encouraging startups is a GDP must, improving the investment environment is common sense, and compliance should serve the benefit of it all, one should stop and wonder at the sight of what we call “twisted compliance.”

There are a number of not-so-obvious issues related to running an internal investigation that are often missed or simply disregarded as not important. Some of them pose risks to the success of the investigation, while others may not only jeopardize the results but also lead to potentially severe liability of the company and/or the individuals running the investigation).

In recent years suspicions regarding massive conflicts of interest, corruption, and the favoritism of creditors have created the political will to mandate the disclosure of ownership backgrounds of companies dealing with public finances. Attorneys from Taylor Wessing Bratislava have participated in the preparation of the so-called Anti-Letterbox Companies Act, which entered into force on February 1, 2017.

Restrictive agreements and practices in Macedonia are governed by the Protection of Competition Act (2010) (the “Competition Act”), which entered into force on November 13, 2010.

Prior to building up or transplanting their advertising campaigns in Greece, businesses wishing to acquire a share in the local media market, besides familiarizing themselves with their industry sector through review and analysis of the industry economics, participants, and main competitors, should immerse themselves into the regulatory framework for advertising that will enable them to develop their business plan and marketing strategies most efficiently.

As a result of several mid-sized acquisitions in 2016, many foreign companies interested in buying shares in limited liability companies in Bulgaria have faced questions about how the management of such business entities are controlled and what the risks are of detection, after the acquisition, of “hidden liabilities” due to the potentially non-compliant behavior of those companies’ statutory representatives with good corporate standards.