In this month's newsletter, we take a look at how artificial intelligence tools can assist in international arbitration with predicting behaviors, analyzing information or gauging the outcome of a dispute. We also round up in this issue all the recent news in the field of international arbitration by geographic area.
The Constitutional Court has held unconstitutional a provision in a law passed by the Catalan parliament which, if a loan secured with a home is sold to a third party (a fund usually), allowed the debtor to be released from their debt by paying the buyer out of the debt only the price the buyer had paid (plus the statutory interest and costs caused by the claim).
Parliament Resolution no. 23/2019, was officially published, which approves the Double Taxation Agreement between the Portuguese Republic and the Republic of Angola for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, signed in Luanda on 18 September 2018.
Ordinance no. 50/2019, of February 8, was published today in the Official Gazette, foreseeing the age to accede the regular retirement pension in the Portuguese general social security system for 2020.
The Trade Secrets Law (TSL), transposing into Spanish domestic law Directive (EU) 2016/943, on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure was approved on February 6, 2019, and will enter into force twenty days after its publication in the Official State Gazette.
The Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) issued Resolution 93503 of 2018 which sets the value of operational revenue and/or total domestic assets that shall be taken into consideration when evaluating the need of conducting merger control before this authority.
Order no. 1/2019 of 4 February, was officially published, which establishes the taxpayers covered by the automatic income tax return, in accordance with article 58-A of the Portuguese Personal Income Tax (PIT) Code.
On February 2, 2019, the Spanish government published Order TMS/83/2019, of January 31, 2019, implementing the statutory provisions on contributions for social security, unemployment, and business income protection, to the wage guarantee fund, and for vocational training, effective as from January 1, 2019.