The business community keeps asking questions about restrictions imposed by the sanctions and how this affects doing business with existing and new clients in the future. The EU has adopted a number of sanctions packages since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022. This article explores the eighth package launched on 6 October.
We informed our MindLink.lv subscribers some time ago that the State Revenue Service (SRS) is increasingly exercising its statutory power to demand that a company’s overdue taxes be recovered from its board member if the tax debt cannot be recovered from the company. This article explores how we successfully resolved a court case to release a construction company’s former CEO (a client of ours) from the company’s tax debt of close to EUR 150,000.
As stated in the conclusion of the first instalment of this article, foreign markets offer various litigation funding models. In addition to the model we analysed before, where the claimant’s litigation is funded by an institutional litigation funder – an investment fund specialised in litigation funding, in this article we are looking at available alternatives. This overview covers some of the less familiar and sometimes unusual sources of litigation finance whose successful use would reduce the number of cases where a lack of finance limits the legal remedies available to a litigant.
Effective from 24 September 2022, urgent amendments to the Immigration Act significantly limit the scope for Russian and Belarusian nationals to obtain a Latvian temporary residence permit (TRP), including on employment or business grounds. What awaits nationals of these countries holding a TRP and working for or running a Latvian company? In this article we will sort out the amendments affecting the labour market and explain whether those persons have reason to worry and what happens if a TRP is about to expire.
Section 18.2(1) of the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism and Proliferation Financing Act requires a company to notify the Enterprise Registry of its ultimate beneficial owner (UBO) and how UBO control is exercised.
In statutory cases, the taxpayer is liable to prepare transfer pricing (TP) documentation and file it with the State Revenue Service (SRS). An examination of TP documentation helps the SRS monitor the correctness of corporate income tax (CIT) payments because the difference between a controlled transaction’s value and market price must be included in the taxable base under the CIT Act. If the taxpayer defaults on the obligation to prepare and file TP documentation, then in addition to the opportunity to start an audit and assess the correctness of the CIT calculation, the SRS may start a data assesment in the field of tax revenue risks and charge a hefty fine on the company if an offence is found. This article explores what offences relating to TP documentation permit the taxpayer to be fined outside an audit and how the SRS should evaluate and justify the size of fine.
When it comes to personal data processing, political parties are no exception, being subject to the same requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that apply to any other data controller. It’s noteworthy the National Data Office has recently issued new guidelines on personal data processing in the run-up to the general election. Could this mean the regulator will be scrutinising the political parties for GDPR compliance? This article explores what measures a political party should take to ensure its data processing complies with GDPR.
Litigation tends to be costly. In addition to upfront duties payable when a claim is filed, claimants wishing to protect their rights and interests in court have to pay legal costs such as lawyer fees for representation at court hearings.
The Latvian Labour Code is amended on a regular basis and sometimes even more than once a year, but recent years have not seen so sweeping amendments as those coming into force on 1 August 2022. This article will help you navigate the new provisions of labour law.
Effective from 4 February 2022, the Whistle Blowing Act introduces new requirements compared to the earlier enactment with the same title, and takes over the provisions of Directive EU 2019/1937. This article explores what a whistle-blowing system (WBS) really means in the light of the new Act and what options companies have for setting up such a system efficiently.
Some time ago the Latvian personal identification number was available mainly to persons holding a residence permit or an EU national’s registration certificate. Yet we are aware of cases where a foreigner without any special status had legal ties with Latvia but it was still difficult to prove their identity in person or electronically. This article explores the new tool for electronic identification: a foreigner’s eID.
As Russia continues the war in Ukraine, the US and the European Union (EU) together with other countries keep increasing the size of sanctions imposed on Russia.
At the EU summit held on 30–31 May 2022, the European Council agreed on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia that will mainly apply to crude oil and petroleum products supplied to EU member states. Yet the Council of Europe has agreed a temporary exception for crude oil supplied through pipelines. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has said that the restrictions included in the package will in fact stop around 90% of EU oil imports from Russia by the end of this year.
As the size of the sanctions grows, confused companies are having more and more questions about how to cope with the increasing sanctions burden, whether a company is supervised by particular regulatory bodies, and whether the current sanctions rules and guidelines provide for setting up an internal control system to manage sanctions risk.
Employers commonly use GPS geolocation devices to monitor their vehicles or equipment and to analyse fuel consumption, mileage, driving time, idle time, parking time, usage statistics etc. European case law has introduced tighter rules and requirements for personal data processing associated with GPS tracking. There are certain restrictions that companies using these devices for business purposes should be aware of.
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the global economy into recession. However, the warning issued by the industry experts and backed by the authors of a World Bank study that the economy will experience a rapid increase in the number of insolvency proceedings and legal protection proceedings (LPP) at the end of Covid-19, has not come true as yet. This is because the financial difficulties brought on by the pandemic were countered with an unprecedented government intervention in the market and a huge package of financial aid, including working capital grants and idleness benefits. The economic downturn is now being aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as the consequences of the war are pushing up energy prices and fuelling price rises in general, inevitably leading to debt crises. Latvia seems likely to face an inevitable wave of insolvencies and LPP, so this article aims to introduce companies to Latvian LPP and out-of-court workouts in simple terms in order to highlight the characteristics of these debt restructuring tools, as well as the role of the debtor, the creditors and the supervisor within these proceedings.
When starting a new business, it can be a challenging task to establish a sustainable financial infrastructure from the very beginning. For the investors focusing on start-ups, one of the most difficult tasks is determining how to price the investment.