Maritime and Transport Law

Quarterly Update July 2020

In this quarterly update, we provide an update on the legal developments in the transportation industry. We look, among other things, at the Mobility Package and at the Danish act on collective bargaining conditions for the road transport sector, both of which have recently been finally adopted.

In road transport, we also look at the rules on rent and taxation and the question of whether return pallets constitute an aid or a "commodity", which is important in cabotage, VAT liability, and liability under the CMR Act. Ship arrests, maritime liens, liens on goods, as well as container demurrage and detention have all been put back on the agenda, so we are looking at these as well, of course. And then we would like to share the news that we have entered into a large legal merger that significantly strengthens our presence in Central Jutland (Midtjylland).

- Happy reading!

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How to close a limited company in Latvia

Any company’s owners (members, partners, participants, shareholders) can choose to liquidate their private company (also called “winding up” a company) within the procedure of the shareholders’ voluntary liquidation, or a company can be liquidated in a result of violations of regulatory enactments, when the controlling state institution initiates the procedure of compulsory liquidation. In both cases, the result of the liquidation procedure will be the closure of the company and its exclusion from the Latvian Commercial Register.

What is the status on medical cannabis industry in Denmark 2020?

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