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Brazil: Provisional Measure Creates Financial Intelligence Unit

(Sept. 5, 2019) On August 19, 2019, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro enacted Provisional Measure No. 893 (Medida Provisória No. 893, de 19 de Agosto de 2019), which transforms the Financial Activities Control Board (Conselho de Controle de Atividades Financeiras, COAF) into the Financial Intelligence Unit (Unidade de Inteligência Financeira). The Provisional Measure makes the Financial […]

Saudi Arabia: Parliament Approves New Type of Residency Permit to Promote Foreign Investments

(July 16, 2019) On May 15, 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Council approved a law establishing a new residency system to enable investors to reside in the country. Following parliamentary approval, the new law was referred on the same day to the Saudi cabinet—the Council of Ministers—which approved the law after reviewing the Consultative Council’s decision […]

Qatar: Draft Law to Enhance Real Estate Sector Approved

(June 12, 2019) On May 30, 2019, the cabinet of the State of Qatar approved a draft law on real estate development to strengthen the real estate market. (Cabinet Approves Draft Law on Regulating Real Estate Development, THE PENINSULA (May 30, 2019).) The draft law amends Law No. 6 of 2014, which regulates the granting […]

China: Foreign Investment Law Passed

(May 30, 2019) On March 15, 2019, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China). Effective on January 1, 2020, the Law will replace the three primary laws regulating foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in China: the Law on Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Ventures, the Law on […]

Italy: Legislation in the Event of Brexit Takes Effect

(May 21, 2019) On March 23, 2019, new legislation addressing the potential effects of Brexit entered into force in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 22 of March 25, 2019, Urgent Measures to Ensure Safety, Financial Stability and the Integrity of Markets as well as the Protection of the Health and Freedom of Residence of Italian Citizens and […]

UAE: Law Allows Foreigners to Own Real Estate Properties in Abu Dhabi’s Investment Zones

(May 1, 2019) On April 17, 2019, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the governor of Abu Dhabi and the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a new, unnumbered law that amends Law No. 19 of 2005 regulating the ownership of real-estate properties. The new amendment allows foreign individuals and foreign legal entities to […]

New Zealand: Agreements with Five Countries Exclude Compulsory Investor-State Dispute Settlement Processes

(Mar. 26, 2018) On March 9, 2018, the New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, David Parker, announced that the government has signed “side letters” with five other countries that are also party to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP, also referred to as TPP11) that exclude compulsory investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) […]

Belarus: Decree Introduces Common-Law Principles and Tax Exempts Mining of Cryptocurrencies

(Jan. 3, 2018) On December 21, 2017, the President of Belarus signed the Decree on Developing the Digital Economy, which is aimed at “creating conditions, under which world-class IT companies would come to Belarus to work on developing new products and technologies that would be in demand worldwide.”  (Decree No. 8 of Dec. 21, 2017, […]

ASEAN/Hong Kong: Negotiations Concluded on Free Trade and Investment Agreements

(Oct. 13, 2017) On September 9, 2017, Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced that they had concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement. (Press Release, Hong Kong and ASEAN Conclude Free Trade Agreement Negotiations, Trade and Industry Department of the Government of the Hong Kong […]

Chile: New Foreign Investment Regime

(Dec. 1, 2015) Law 20848, the New Foreign Investment Law (NFIL), is part of a new legal framework for foreign investment in Chile that supersedes the regime governed by Decree Law No. 600 of 1974. (Ley que Establece el Marco para la Inversión Extranjera Directa en Chile y Crea la Institucionalidad Respectiva, DIARIO OFICIAL (June 25, 2015), […]