Central & South America

Chilean Aninat Schwencke & Cía. reinforces its areas of Intellectual Property, Technology and Innovation, and Competition

With the intention of ​​strengthening its team, and due to significant challenges in key areas of intellectual property, innovation and technology, as well as competition, Chilean law firm Aninat Schwencke & Cía has added to its ranks Senior Counselors Maximiliano Santa-Cruz (Intellectual Property, New Technologies, and Innovation) and Sander van der Voorde (Competition); and as an external advisor on compliance matters Alejandra Vallejos.

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Sexual harassment at work: what your company needs to know. ILN lawyers from around the world weigh in.

The International Lawyers Network’s Labor & Employment Group announces the second release of its publication, “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know.” This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key labor law principles in 21 jurisdictions across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those reviewing their sexual harassment policies and training in these jurisdictions.

Director of Global Relationship Management, and the guide’s facilitator, Lindsay Griffiths, says “We’re pleased to offer the second edition of our paper, which builds on our previous efforts. We have a number of new jurisdictions, and the group continues to work collaboratively to update the paper to be a practical and valuable resource for employers examining their sexual harassment policies and training, to ensure they can avoid or promptly handle any #metoo incidents.”

To view the paper, please click here: http://bit.ly/ILNMeToo

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International Lawyers Network – Where Lawyers Become Friends

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Is your company prepared for #MeToo? ILN experts from 16 jurisdictions weigh in on sexual harassment laws in the workplace.

 

 

 

 

 

Is your company prepared for #MeToo? The ILN’s Labor & Employment group has put together a collaborative paper on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, which serves as a quick and practical reference for those with relevant labor needs in the 16 jurisdictions covered. Please see the full paper here.

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ARGENTINA – CLIENT ALERT – NEW SECURITIES ACT

The Argentine Congress has approved a comprehensive reform of the Securities Act in Argentina, which will enter in force on May 20, 2018. This outline refers to some of the main changes:

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Chambers & Partners: ‘Chambers Global 2018’ Legal Rankings Released

Today, 15th February 2018, Chambers & Partners has released their Global Legal Rankings, and we are very proud to announce Quijano & Associates’ Offshore Department has been ranked.

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Why Jean Rony matters? “Near Bahamian” – “Dreamer”=” what’s the difference?

We have seen the sad unfolding drama of Jean Rony vs. the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is a sad story with no real winners. Rony was brought to and born in a country, by no act or omission of his own, by parents who were desperate to escape the dire poverty of Haiti. Years later he finds himself returned to the Bahamas and detained again for an offence he did not commit…being born and reared in a country in which he has grown; a country which was not the home of his forebears. The offence is not known to Bahamian Law but it is a serious offence nonetheless. It carries with it the burdens of too many decades, the indifference of too many politicians and the growing indignation of perhaps thousands of “near Bahamians” who sit idly by dreaming of a day on which the family of those who fashion themselves as full citizens of the Bahamas will become regularised.

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20 new multinational companies established their regional headquarters in Panama in 2017

The Minister of Commerce and Industries, Augusto Arosemena Moreno, announced that the establishment of headquarters of multinational companies (SEM – as per its Spanish acronym) continued with extremely good results, closing 2017 with 20 new multinational companies with regional headquarters in Panama, for a total of 146 companies adding an investment of US$1,000 million dollars and 6,000 jobs.

Arosemena highlighted that the United States continues to be the country with the largest number of companies with regional headquarters in Panama, among which he mentioned large companies such as Boeing, McKinsey & Company Inc. and VISA – that were registered this past year.  High profile companies were also registered, such as Panalpina World Transport, Hankook Tire Co., and Shanghai Gorgeous Investment Development Co., among others.

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Privatization of electric power generation concessionaires: creation of new 30-year concession possible

On January 26, 2018, Federal Decree 9.271 / 2018 was published, which regulates the granting of concessions in the electric sector associated with the privatization of the concession holder of a public electric power generation concession.

In summary, the Federal Government tries to stimulate the market to participate in the privatization auctions of the electric power generation public service concessionaires, by predicting that the winning companies of the auction will have the possibility of granting a new concession contract by the up to 30 years from the date of its execution.

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New ANP resolution for pipelines of less than 15KM

Resolution No. 716 of 01/17/2018 was issued, which regulates the use by third parties of oil pipelines, their derivatives and biofuels, existing or to be built, whose length is less than 15 km and which do not originate in the area of ​​production of oil and natural gas, for an adequate remuneration to the owner of the facilities.

The new Resolution maintains objective rules regarding the allocation of transport capacity of the pipelines and creates new regulatory mechanisms, such as (a) rules of free access to existing biofuel pipelines for oil and its derivatives; (b) increased transparency; (c) rules of interconnection between hauliers; (d) the possibility of a conveyor being a loader in an interconnected plant, as is already permitted in long pipelines.

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