Newsletter - Issue 49

Public Biddings and Purchases within MERCOSUR (“Buy MERCOSUR”)

rnrnAs a Member State of MERCOSUR, Brazil takes part in FOCEM – MERCOSUR Structural Convergence and Institutional Strengthening Fund. The Fund aims at advancing the improvement of infrastructure in the MERCOSUR countries. Its financial resources may be used in government contracts awarded by means of public biddings. For a brief analysis about the mechanics of FOCEM and the application of a specific regulation favoring local production of goods and equipment (“Buy MERCOSUR”), read article by Rafael Wallbach Schwind.rn

Civil Procedure and Intellectual Property

rnrnBetween April 7th and May 6th, the Paran� Intellectual Property Agency (APPI) and the Paran� Institute of Technology (TECPAR) will hold a Course on Civil Procedure in Intellectual Property. The program comprises relevant topics concerning litigation for the protection of intellectual property rights, with emphasis on case law and the study of practical situations. The opening of the course will occur on April 7th at the Paran� Lawyers Association (IAP). Eduardo Talamini will deliver the closing conference, dealing with the protection of intellectual property rights under the new Civil Procedure Code bill. For further information, click here.rn

I Paraná Seminar on Mediation and Arbitration

rnrnThe First Paran� Seminar on Mediation and Arbitration (I Semin�rio Paranaense de Media��o e de Arbitragem) will be held in Curitiba on March 31-April 2, 2011. Our firm will be represented in the event by Paulo Osternack Amaral. As an advisor of the Arbitration Center of the Federation of Industries of Paran� (CAIEP), he will give a lecture on the ?Binding Force of the Arbitration Agreement in the Public-Private Partnerships?. Check here the program of the seminar.rn

Infrastructure investments in Peru

rnrnPeru has recently issued the Urgency Decree (?Decreto de Urgencia?) n� 001-2011, which creates extraordinary provisions to facilitate private investments in certain infrastructure projects in that country. The Peruvian government?s intention to advance infrastructure development is clear in the recitals of the Decree. The government acknowledges that private investment under public-private partnerships (PPP or P3) is a ?mechanism capable of rendering the national economy more dynamic?. It also states that ?it is of significant importance for Peru to advance private investment in all areas of domestic economic activity, as a State policy?. It finally indicates that ?it is necessary to prioritize for 2011 the advancement of private investments in certain projects ?, by means of public-private partnerships and concessions of public infrastructure works and of public services? (free translation). The projects specified by the Decree are related mainly to the sectors of energy (including oil and gas), logistics (ports, roads and airports) and telecommunications. Read here the text of the Decree.rn

International arbitration competitions: Vis Moot (Vienna) and Vis East (Hong Kong)

rnrnJusten, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini will be represented in the 18th edition of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, a traditional academic competition to be held this April in Vienna. The young attorneys and Law students Alan Garcia Troib, Isabella Andrade, Marina Kukiela and Guilherme Augusto Vezaro Eiras are members of the Federal University of Paran� (UFPR) team. Eduardo Talamini, professor of arbitration at UFPR, and Cesar A. Guimar�es Pereira participate in the group of coaches that advise the team. The firm will also be in the 8th edition of the Willem C. Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong, in which Cesar A. Guimar�es Pereira will serve as arbitrator.rn

Fees for the use of space in public waters for nautical purposes: Administrative Order (“Portaria”) no. 24, of January, 2011

rnrnSPU (the Federal Government Property Secretariat) issued on January 26th an administrative order that creates a new fee to be levied on the private use of space on public waters for certain nautical purposes. This initiative prompts many legal doubts. Some issues concerning the validity and the scope of this new fee are addressed in a brief article by Cesar A. Guimar�es Pereira, Fern�o Justen de Oliveira and Rafael Wallbach Schwind.rn

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