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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.

Redemption of Government-owned Land held under a Title of Revisable Perpetual Emphyteusis

September 2019 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by GVZH Advocates.

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On 27th August, Legal Notice 216 of 2019 was published, which grants any person who holds a property of the Government or of the Lands Authority, under a title of revisable perpetual emphyteusis, the right to request the Authority to redeem that property at any time.

Autonomous shipping – Caution required to avert the blind leading the blind

September 2019 - Transport. Legal Developments by Gauci-Maistre Xynou.

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The lure of unmanned transport services is no longer a science fiction scenario but a living reality.

Crewless merchant ships are already operating along rivers in Norway, Finland, Singapore and China. The advantages are plentiful because they reduce crewing and fuel consumption costs, increase the safety of life and cargo as well as allow for more efficient use of space in ship design.

Re-filing Trademarks: A Case of DĂ©jĂ  Vu?

September 2019 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Gauci-Maistre Xynou.

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Trade marks give a face to a product which enable us identify a brand. As consumers, we take them for granted even though they punctuate memories of our daily lives. How many of us ever think of the creative and strategic thinking that goes into their composition? In contrast, we are more familiar with trade mark infringement. And what is breaking news are the risks of re-filing new applications for the same trade mark that should not be glossed over. 

PSD2 Implemented into Maltese Law: What now?

August 2019 - Finance. Legal Developments by GVZH Advocates.

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On the 2nd August 2019, Bill 89 of 2019, entitled “Various Financial Services Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019” was published in the Government Gazette to become Act XXVI of 2019. This law will effectively amend the Banking Act (Chapter 371 of the Laws of Malta) and Financial Institutions Act (Chapter 376 of the Laws of Malta), making several amendments to the text of those principal legislative instruments dealing with various elements introduced by the Second Payment Services Directive, or, as it has come to be more affectionately known, “PSD2”, as a preference to the more formal and somewhat more taxing reference: “Directive (EU) 2015/2366 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on payment services in the internal market, amending Directives 2002/65/EC, 2009/110/EC and 2013/36/EU and Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, and repealing Directive 2007/64/EC.”

Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

July 2019 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by GVZH Advocates.

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On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law.

Up for a gig? The risks of worker misclassification in the “gig economy”

July 2019 - Employment. Legal Developments by GVZH Advocates.

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Author: Dr. Ann Bubeja

Several “gig economy” business models have sprung up in Malta over the past few years. Cab-hailing services, outsourcing platforms and courier delivery services, to name a few, have adopted the model of engaging with independent contractors for engagements, rather than undertake the orthodox, and admittedly more bureaucratic, route of hiring employees to perform those tasks.

Any undertaking looking to establish operations in Malta should, however, be careful about designing a business model around “independent contractor” arrangements before taking full account of the Maltese law rules governing the correct classification of such workers as employees, regardless of their contractual designation.

In this piece we will consider the critical question: when is a freelancer treated as an employee in terms of Maltese law?

Pharma no longer under the Competition radar

Author: Dr. Gayle Kimberley

The use of competition law to regulate the pharmaceutical industry is beginning to see a new impetus. While traditionally competition authorities struggled to use competition law to address the pharmaceutical sector’s practices, EU legislators have given a clear political signal that something needs to be done to address anti-competitive practices of pharmaceutical companies which, they believe, are endangering patients’ access to affordable and innovative essential medicines.

Increase in Annual Leave and Minimum Wage

May 2019 - Employment. Legal Developments by Mamo TCV Advocates.

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