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By: Diego Noguera, Matías Zegers and Mauricio Halpern On November 20, 2018, Law No. 21,121 was published in the Official Gazette, modifying the Criminal Code regarding bribery, and Law No. 20,393 about criminal liability of legal entities. In addition to increasing the penalties for bribery crimes, the aforementioned amendment of the Criminal Code criminalizes bribery between individuals and unfair administration, setting forth penalties of deprivation of liberty, fines and seizure of the profits that…
Interview with Melissa Schoffer Farber, SoulCycle’s Senior Director of Legal Affairs: To describe New York-based SoulCycle as a company offering indoor cycling classes is a serious understatement.  While SoulCycle does tout 90 locations in the US and Canada, with a growing international presence, the business has morphed from an indoor cycling company into a powerhouse lifestyle brand.  The brand focuses on redefining health and happiness through unique mind-body-soul experiences.  A hefty portion of SoulCycle’s business…
After many years of litigation and lobbying expenses, the battle over pre-1972 music rights has finally been ended.  On October 11, 2018, President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), legislation that purports to provide additional protection for song writers and publishers, as well as to provide a clearer licensing landscape for those who use such music. The bill revamps Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act in three major aspects: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings The…
By John Wilks, Claire Sng and Ella Castle In the wake of GDPR, the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice has amended the CAP Code to introduce new rules on the use of data for marketing. It has also launched a consultation on potential further rule changes relating to child marketing data and prizewinners. BACKGROUND As discussed in a recent blog post (see here), CAP has been considering its future regulation relating to…
By Désirée Fields (Legal Director, London) and Yannick Aaron Zirnstein (Referendar/Trainee Lawyer, Cologne) Important changes to UK trademark law will come into effect on 14 January 2019 in order to implement the European Trademark Directive 2015. While some of the changes are minor in the nature, others are quite significant or even brand new. The reforms will affect trademark applications and registrations, trademark management and enforcement of trademarks. To provide a flavour of what brand…
By John Wilks and Claire Sng Background The ASA has this week published new guidance for influencers about how to make their ads clear (see link here “Guidance”). This Guidance follows the ASA’s call for evidence in March 2018. This is a hot topic at the moment with: The European Commission having just published a report about the behaviour study it conducted on advertising and marketing practices in social media (see link here) (“EC…
By Claire Sng Yesterday at a conference hosted by the UK advertising regulator, the ASA, billed as “The future of ad regulation”, the ASA announced its new 5 year plan entitled “More impact online”, with an ambition of making every UK ad responsible (see link here). Reflecting on the change in landscape that has occurred, Guy Parker, Chief Executive of the ASA, who unveiled the new strategy, noted that despite only being within the…
By: Alex Jorge, Leonardo Rzezinski, Rosana Gonzaga Jayme, Humberto Lucas Marini, Renato Lopes da Rocha and Marcella Hill The Brazilian Tax Revenue has published Private Letter Ruling No. 91/2018, as a response by the General Coordination of Taxation (COSIT), which revokes Private Letter Ruling No. 62/2017. The Response to Consultation No. 91/2018, issued in August, clarifies the way in which reinsurance companies are taxed, according to their different ways of operation…
By:  Robert J. Gruendel, Mark A. Waite, Deanna R. Reitman   The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has issued an order and supporting lengthy opinion allowing a judgment creditor holding a $1.2 billion judgment against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to attach common stock owned by Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of Venezuela. The stock attached by the order is the common stock of PDV Holdings, Inc.,…
By Désirée Fields and Sam Mitchell Geographical Indications (GIs) are signs used on products in order to inform consumers about a product’s geographical origin and a quality, characteristic or reputation of the product linked to its place of origin. GIs such as Scotch Whiskey and Parmesan cheese, have generated significant value for EU farmers and producers. Both the UK and EU are fiercely protective over GIs and, consequently, the future of GIs is an important…