Why is it important The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan entered into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses across Europe can now avail themselves of the opportunities offered by the largest open trade zone in the world, home to 635 million people and almost a third of the world’s Gross Domestic…

March 21, 2018 will be the effective date of the regulations on Condhotels recently issued by Italian government (through Decree dated January 22, 2018). Such regulations are aimed at enhancing (i) investments for redeveloping and upgrading existing hotel businesses, and/or (ii) up-to-date tourism products and services. Condhotels will combine hotel and private residential use and…

On 16 November 2017, the Joint Sections of the Italian Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated judgment on the application of the Art. 342 od the Italian Code of Civil Procedure, as amended by Legislative Decree dated 22 June 2012 n. 83 (“Article 342”), concerning the form of the Appeal brief. Indeed, the new text…

Alfredo Lucente, Partner of Lucente International Lawyers, traveled to Kenya to provide training about PPP frameworks, risks, financial structures and Public Sector policies related to project financing. The audience was comprised of leaders from Kenyan university, agency, and government infrastructure agencies in Naivasha, Kenya, May 22–26. The event was co-sponsored by the Kenyan PPP Unit,…

On May 16, 2017 the Court of Justice of the European Union issued an important legal Opinion (Opinion no. 2/15) on the competence of the European Union to sign and conclude alone the Free Trade Agreement with Singapore (“FTAS”). By assuming that FTAS is a mixed agreement, the Court of Justice concluded that all EU’s…

The possibility to issue shares carrying more than one vote has been introduced in Italy with the purpose to facilitate new equity investments into Italian (joint-stock) companies without jeopardizing the interest of the owners to maintain the control over their companies. Article 2351 of the Italian civil code allows, in fact, joint-stock companies to issue…

As of January 1, 2017, any new petition before the Administrative Courts shall be filed through electronic means as stated by Law Decree no. 168/2016. During a transitional period, which will end on December 31, 2017, the parties shall also submit a paper-copy of their briefs. The proceedings started before January 1, 2017, will remain…

On December 29, 2016, the National Anti-Corruption Authority (“ANAC”), the Special Commissioner appointed by the Government and Italian Agency for Development (“Invitalia”) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning the surveillance on the procedures related to the reconstruction of the areas in the central regions of Italy affected by the earthquake in 2016. See link below: http://www.anticorruzione.it/…