Garrigues has been publishing this newsletter since March 23 in an effort to bring you all the regulatory matters that week in week out required particular attention by companies in every area of business law. Since the state of emergency is about to finish, this will be the last edition of a publication that we hope has served its purpose. From now on, we will continue to keep you informed in our usual formats (Alerts, Commentaries, Viewpoints or Newsletters).
Preparation of financial statements and corporate income tax, recommencement of time periods, remote trials, gradual return to workplaces, insolvency proceedings and compliance with criminal law
New guarantee facility, extension of ERTE temporary layoff procedures, effects of the crisis on transfer pricing, return to judicial activity and ‘shields’ for businesses.
Phase 1 of the ‘scaling-down’ process, third tranche of guarantees, extension of ERTE temporary layoffs, potential delay in the application of VAT directives and of DAC6, and measures to support the cultural sector
Reopening to the public of establishments, effects of RDL 16/2020 on procedural, insolvency and tax matters, labor measures in preparation for de-escalation and news on administrative procedures
Critical plans for a return to activity, taxes on the renegotiation of loans, notification of judicial decisions, and doubts regarding leases
For another week running, Garrigues examines the key legal issues that companies should be aware of to continue forward in the current context.
The situation created by the spread of COVID-19 requires an analysis of the new legislation from all angles of business law. For another week running, Garrigues summarizes the key new legislation that companies need to be aware of over the coming days. This week, the labor landscape features the return to non-essential activities, together with a few new measures such as deferred payment of social security contributions or the ability to combine agricultural activity with unemployment subsidies and benefits. In the tax field, besides paying close attention to new tax legislation in Spain and elsewhere, there other elements needing to be considered such as the issue of renegotiating commercial lease agreements which may trigger tax costs. In relation to administrative law, businesses need to keep sight of the new legislation on administrative and procedural time periods. And on the subject of litigation and arbitration, this week we look at how COVID-19 will impact international contracts, and the opportunity provided by mediation as an alternative route for dispute resolution in the current context.
A constant stream of new legislation is being approved that affects businesses. Every week Garrigues provides a summary of the main issues that companies need to take a look at over the coming days. This week we feature the new legislation approved on financial and contractual moratoriums and deferrals, the new labor measures or the VAT exemption and customs duty relief on importations of goods to combat the epidemic, together with the advisability of reviewing and analyzing companies’ financial and net worth positions. We also discuss the potential financial liability of the state.
The toughening of lockdown measures in Spain and resulting closure of all business activities not classed as essential makes it absolutely necessary to keep very much in sight this week the measures approved in the labor and employment field. In the domain of corporate law and commercial contracts, the decision governing the first tranche of guarantees to soften the economic effects of the crisis has already been published in the Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE). As for tax matters, the personal income tax and wealth tax season is about to start. In the litigation arena, the general statute of limitations for personal action has been extended. And there are also important mobility and transport, and restructuring and insolvency issues and matters related to administrative law.