Posted in Brazil Financial Services Governance Insurance Pension Plan Regulatory Reinsurance

Brazil: New Insurance Rules – Retrocession and new resolutions for pension plans

Retrocession

This new regulation restricts private pension plans, and insurance cooperatives, microinsurers and insurance companies operating only with DPVAT (mandatory auto insurance for personal damages caused by vehicles) to accept risks in retrocession¹.

Pursuant to this new rule, retrocession with insurers placed in Brazil or abroad can be placed directly with the insurer or intermediated by reinsurance brokers, provided that the insurer operates in the line of business which is being retroceded.

Insurers can accept in retrocession business from reinsurers based abroad, registered or not by SUSEP. Such placements may be intermediated by foreign reinsurance brokers not registered with SUSEP. However, insurers cannot accept retrocession business from foreign insurers, registered or not with SUSEP.

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Posted in Argentina Real Estate

Argentina: Restrictions On ownership of Rural Land by Foreigners

Argentina’s Act 26,737, enacted in 2011, restricts foreign ownership of rural real estate. The restrictions imposed by Act 26,737 are relevant for any project that involves acquisition of rural land in Argentina .

The Act imposes several limitations. Under the Act and its applicable amendments, foreign ownership is defined as any acquisition, transfer of ownership or possession rights, whatever the type or name granted by the parties or duration of the same, in favor of a series of points, set forth below. Continue Reading

Posted in Arbitration Brazil Colombia Foreign Arbitral Award ICSID International Arbitration Mexico UNCITRAL

Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Key Latin America Jurisdictions

Published in the Global Arbitration Review, the chapter on the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards in Key Latin America Jurisdictions summarizes the arbitration law and practice of certain jurisdictions that have experienced an important development in the past 20 years in their arbitration landscape; they are also countries with significant economic growth. The countries in question are Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. This chapter focuses on the legislative efforts and the attitude adopted by the courts in these countries in regards to the recognition and enforcements of foreign arbitral awards. For full text, please click here. Continue Reading

Posted in International Trade Mexico NAFTA Trade USTR

Official Start of NAFTA Renegotiation: The renegotiation will set the tone for the administration’s trade policy

The first round of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place August 16 – 20 in Washington. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) will host a press conference to begin negotiations and will report out daily to the Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITAC). The mechanics of the rest of the first round remain fluid – some working groups may table proposed text and engage throughout the week, while others may meet only briefly to establish a scope of work. The second round of talks is tentatively scheduled for September 10 in Mexico City. Continue Reading

Posted in Brazil Incentives Tax VAT

Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation between Brazil and Russia || Convenção para Evitar a Dupla Tributação entre Brasil e Rússia

On August 1st, 2017, it was published the Executive Decree no. 9,115/2017, which internalized the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation between Brazil and Russia (“Brazil-Russia Treaty” or “Convention”), signed in Brasilia on November 22nd, 2004. We have focused on the most relevant points, considering most usual queries of taxpayers.

According to article 2 of the Convention, the rules to avoid double taxation shall apply to the Brazilian income  tax of individuals and corporations and the Russian tax on profits of organizations and Russian income tax on individuals. There is no mention regarding Brazilian Social Contribution on Net Profits (CSLL), but it can be interpreted that the aforementioned contribution is covered by the Brazil-Russia Treaty by virtue of section 11 of Law no. 13,202/2015.

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Posted in Venezuela

Looming Crisis in Venezuela

Authored by The Cohen Group

  • On July 26, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 13 current and former Venezuelan government officials, including: Elias Jaua, former foreign minister; Tibisay Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council; and Simon Zerpa, vice president of finance of state oil producer PDVSA. The sanctions are part of increased pressure by the United States to stop the Venezuelan government from holding elections on July 30 for a “constituent assembly” that would re-write the country’s constitution. We expect the Venezuelan government will move forward with the vote, prompting the United States to escalate with possible sectoral sanctions.

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Posted in AML chile Financial Services

EL BANCO CENTRAL DE CHILE PUBLICA SU NUEVA NORMATIVA SOBRE EMISIÓN Y OPERACIÓN DE TARJETAS DE PAGO CON PROVISIÓN DE FONDOS

Below is an update from Chile on the new provisions concerning fund processing.

La Ley N° 20.950, que autoriza la emisión de tarjetas de pago con provisión de fondos (prepago) por entidades no bancarias, encomendó al Banco Central de Chile, el adelante el “BCCh” el establecimiento de normas aplicables a las empresas que emitan y operen estas tarjetas.

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Posted in AML Argentina Financial Services FX KYC Regulatory

ARGENTINA: Financial Information Unit’s New AML Regulations for Financial Institutions

Guest post by Hernán D. Camarero, Partner in Richards, Cardinal, Tützer, Zabala & Zaefferer, an independent law firm

Argentina’s Financial Information Unit (FIU) – the authority that enforces the law on prevention of money-laundering activities and terrorism financing Nr. 25,246, as amended (the AML Act)[1] – has issued Resolution Nr. 30-E/2017 for financial institutions (FIs) and foreign exchange entities as obliged subjects –FIU’s reporting agents – under the AML Act.[2] Res. 30 replaces and abrogates former FIU Resolution Nr. 121/11. It represents another important move by Argentina in its further integration into the international financial and banking systems. Continue Reading

Posted in ANVISA Brazil Regulatory

ANVISA Simplifies Licensing Procedures for Life Sciences Companies

ANVISA – Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency – has taken a significant step in strengthening its regulatory framework.

In promulgating RDC No. 153/2017, it is reducing the amount of regulatory red tape in the licensing of companies subject to health surveillance.

The strategic goal of this ANVISA resolution is to rationalize, simplify and harmonize procedures and requirements related to health surveillance licensing. RDC No. 153/2017 brings an interesting legislative approach to the technical regulation of the subject matter by establishing degrees of risk in business development in the life sciences and health sectors in Brazil. This further strengthens standardized procedures for licensing-related safety. Continue Reading

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