The Superintendence of Corporations Continues to Tighten Controls on Simplified Companies

Following the trend adopted by the Superintendence of Corporations (“Superintendence”) this year regarding Simplified Companies (“SAS”), on May 6, General Resolution 22/2020 (“RG IGJ 22/2020”) was published in the Official Gazette, which tightens the level of supervision for this type of company.

The RG IGJ 22/2020 provides mechanisms for obtaining information and measures to determine the business development of the SAS, registered both in the public registry of the City of Buenos Aires ("CABA") and other local jurisdictions, in relation to the ownership by this type of companies of property rights over real estate located in the CABA. The intention of the regulator would be to be able to determine if said ownership is alien to the corporate purpose. For this, the resolution provides for collaboration between the Superintendence and the Registry of Real State of the City of Buenos Aires, to obtain information on the existence of transactions regarding real estate rights in which the acquirers, creditors or assignees, fully or acting as trustees, are SAS.

If, based on such information, the regulator determines that those properties are not related to the development or financing of an organized economic activity of production of goods and services conducted by the SAS, the Superintendence will promote -or entrust the Public Ministry Prosecutor- the corresponding legal actions to declare the disregard of the legal entity. In turn, the Superintendence will be empowered to adopt additional measures if it deems it necessary.

In the same sense, note that on May 4, the Superintendence published General Resolution 20/2020, through which it modified article 38 of General Resolution 6/2017, establishing that for the registration of the appointment of administrators, those who are domiciled abroad must file the powers-of-attorney granted to their representatives, which may only be granted in favor of the directors of the  residing in the Argentine Republic.

We also refer to our other Newsletters (see General Resolution IGJ 9/2020 and General Resolution IGJ 17/2020) in relation to the latest regulations applicable to SAS.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, Pablo Tarantino, Agustín Griffi, or corporateteam@trsym.com.

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The Superintendence of Corporations Tightens Requirements for Simplified Companies

On April 23, 2020, the Superintendence of Corporations (“Superintendence”) published General Resolution No. 17/2020 (“RG IGJ 17/2020”) in the Official Gazette, by which Section 2 of the General Resolution IGJ No. 8/2017 on Simplified Companies ("SAS") was repealed.

The repealed rule expressly provided for the possibility of incorporating the SAS through an “electronic document with electronic or digital signature of its grantors, where only the last of the partners to be signing should execute the document with a digital signature in order to finalize the document with all the properties and assurances provided by said digital signature.” Regarding the differences between electronic and digital signature, we refer to the Newsletter published on March 23, 2020.

On the contrary, RG IGJ 17/2020, construing that RG IGJ 8/2017 contradicted both the provisions of Law No. 27,439 and the National Civil and Commercial Code, established that all partners must digitally sign the incorporation of the SAS. Also, for SAS already registered -without any digital signature of all its members-, provided a maximum period of 90 days  to comply with said requirement, under notice of proceeding in accordance with what current regulations enable.

In order to carry out said regularization, all partners must digitally execute a private instrument together with the legal representative of the SAS -whose signatures must be certified- in which those who have electronically signed the instrument establishing the company together with whoever has done it digitally: (i) expressly and reciprocally acknowledge their status as partners and their shareholding in the company, along with the individualization of the shares corresponding to each one of them; and (ii) ratify the provisions of the incorporation instrument and, when appropriate, those of any subsequent social agreement (in both cases with retroactive effect to the date thereof). Additionally, a one (1) day notice must be published in the Official Gazette, expressing the identification of its grantors and their shareholdings.

Finally, it should be noted that the Superintendence will not register any act without the prior or simultaneous registration of the required rectification.

Despite RG IGJ 17/2020 regulation, also on April 23, 2020, Provision 86/2020 was issued by the National Directorate of National Registers of Automotive Property and Pledge Credits, which extended the term of suspension for granting digital signatures until May 31 of the current year.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, Pablo Tarantino, Agustín Griffi, or corporate@trsym.com.

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Legal issues related to the execution of documents and social distancing

It is public knowledge that the preventive and mandatory social distancing established by Presidential Decree No. 297/2020 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic limits the mobility of people in Argentina and affects operative issues related to the execution of documents, including contracts.

With technology as a key ally and due to the inability to execute documents or contracts on site, it is worth mentioning that digital signatures have been regulated in Argentina by section 288 of the Argentine Civil and Commercial Code, the Digital Signature Law No. 25,506 (the “Digital Signature Law”), as regulated by Decree No. 182/2019.

The Digital Signature Law provides for two different signatures: (i) digital signatures (section 2 of the Digital Signature Law) and (ii) electronic signatures (section 5 of the Digital Signature Law).

A digital signature is the result of applying mathematic procedures to a digital document with information known to the signatory only, information which will later be verified by a third party (certifying licensee) licensed to verify digital signatures.

The requirements for a digital signature to be valid are set forth in section 9 of the Digital Signature Law. In order to use an Argentine digital signature, the signatory must be previously registered with a certifying licensee (by means of a personal interview that requires a scheduled appointment). In turn, the certifying licensee must be previously authorized by the Argentine Government.

An electronic signature is any electronic data associated to other electronic data produced by a signatory in order to identify itself that does not meet all the requirements of a digital signature.

Electronic documents signed with a digital signature are presumed to have been signed by the signatory. The enforceability of electronic documents signed with electronic signatures is weaker, as the enforcing party will be required to prove the authorship of the signature.

Although both tools are extremely useful to continue with business activity during the pandemic, if a party denies the authorship of an electronic signature, the enforcing party will be required to prove the validity of that signature.

Those digital tools are additional alternatives to execute documents.

Should you need further advice on the requirements to execute documents remotely using alternative methods, please do not hesitate to contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, Pablo Tarantino, or Agustín Griffi, or also corporate@trsym.com.


The Superintendence of Corporations reinstates control regime of foreign companies

On February 21, 2020, the Superintendence of Corporations of the City of Buenos Aires (“IGJ”) issued General Resolution 02/2020 (“RG IGJ 02/2020”) which expanded the registration and information requirements in connection with the companies incorporated overseas.

RG IGJ 02/2020 repeals General Resolution IGJ 06/2018, reinstating the articles of the General Resolution IGJ 07/2015 (“RG IGJ 07/2015”) included under provisions of Title III, Book III regarding companies incorporated abroad. In that regard, the resolution restores the obligation to prove that the main economic activity of the company is carried out outside of the Argentine Republic through the submitting of documentation signed by a company officer, for all companies that intend to register in the Argentine Republic under Articles 118 or 123 of the General Companies Law No. 19,550 (“LGS”).

In turn, as provided in article 218 of the RG IGJ 07/2015, the prohibition of the registration of an offshore company from jurisdictions of that nature is also restored.

In addition, the RG IGJ 02/2020 incorporates the obligation of foreign companies registered in Argentina to submit the Annual Information Regime (“AIR”), within 120 calendar days after the closing date of the financial statements of the corresponding branch or representation office.

Finally, the RG IGJ 02/2020 establishes that the legal representatives of the companies incorporated abroad must keep until the cancellation of their registration as representatives plus an additional term as from such cancellation equal to that of the statute of limitation applicable to claims for non-contractual liability (i.e., three years), a guarantee in accordance with the provisions of subsections 2 and 3 of article 76 of the RG IGJ 07/2015. The amount of such guarantee for each legal representative will be five times the minimum capital required for corporations, which would correspond to AR$500,000. Legal representatives in office at the time of issuance of the RG IGJ 02/2020, must file the aforementioned guarantee with the next immediate filing of the AIR of the company.

For further information, please contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, Pablo Tarantino or Agustín Griffi.


Amendments to the Regime for the Promotion of Knowledge Economy in Argentina

On January 20th, 2020, the Argentine Ministry of Productive Development issued Resolution N° 30/2020 ( “Resolution 30”), that amended the Regime for the Promotion of Knowledge Economy created by Federal Law N° 27,506 (the “Law for the Promotion of Knowledge Economy”). Said regime, effective for a period of ten years starting on January 1st, 2020, substituted the pre-existing Software Industry Promotion Regime, effective until December 31st, 2019.

Resolution 30 appointed the Secretary of Industry, Knowledge Economy and External Commercial Management (under the authority of the Ministry of Productive Development), as enforcement authority of the Law for the Promotion of Knowledge Economy.

Additionally, Resolution 30 suspended the existing deadlines for the analysis and processing of requests to be accepted under the Regime for the Promotion of Knowledge Economy, under which the beneficiaries of the pre-existing Software Industry Promotion Regime could be provisionally accepted on the Registry of Knowledge Economy until full and final compliance no later than June 30th, 2020, with the requisites set forth in the new regulation.

The date of issuance of the regulation reestablishing the suspended process, as well as its content, is yet to be defined.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Gastón A. Miani, Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, Agustín Griffi, or Pablo Tarantino.


Update in Annual Sales Limits in Order to Be Considered as Small and Medium Size Company

On December 10th, 2019, the Secretaría de Emprendedores y de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa issued Resolution No. 563/2019 (the “Resolution”) in order to update the annual sales amounts applicable in order to qualify as small and medium size company.

Please find bellow the updated annual sales limits (expressed in Argentine Pesos), listed for each activity/sector:

Category Activities/Sector
Construction Services Commerce Industry and  Mining Agricultural
Micro 15,230,000 8,500,000 29,740,000 26,540,000 12,890,000
Small 90,310,000 50,950,000 178,860,000 190,410,000 48,480,000
Medium size tier 1 503,880,000 425,170,000 1,502,750,000 1,190,330,000 345,430,000
Medium size tier 2 755,740,000 607,210,000 2,146,810,000 1,739,590,000 547,890,000

Finally, please note that the Resolution has become effective today.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, Agustín Griffi, Pablo Tarantino, or to corporate@trsym.com.


Changes to the Fair Trading Act: extension of the unfair competition acts

On April 22th 2019, the necessary and urgent decree No. 274/2019 was published on the Official Gazette, by virtue of which Law No. 22,802 (the “Fair Trading Law”) was abrogated, and a new rule of law regarding fair trade was enacted (the “Decree”) which shall enter in force as from April 30th 2019.

The purpose of the Decree is to ensure fairness and transparency in commercial relationships and the access to essential information of products and services that are commercialized, through physical or digital means, extending the previous provisions contained in the Fair Trading Law.

The Decree is divided into a preliminary title and 8 titles which regulate: (i) unfair competition; (ii) advertising and promotions; (iii) trade information; (iv) enforcement authority, administrative procedures, as well as the remedies and sanctions; (v) legal actions; (vi) general provisions; (vii) consumer protection; and (viii) final provisions.

The main change that the Decree includes is the enumeration of acts that constitute an unfair competition,: (i) acts of deception; (ii) acts of confusion; (iii) breach of legal regulations; (iv) abuse of a depending economic situation; (v) Improperly obtaining of commercial conditions; (vi) sale below cost; (vii) improper exploitation of others’ reputation; (viii) acts of unfair imitation; (ix) acts of denigration; and (x) violation of secrets. The Decree defines in its article No. 10 unfair competition in a very broad way and systematically includes situations that shall constitute an unfair competition, such as acts of denigration, violation of secrets and the improper exploitation of others’ reputation. Such situations shall be deemed exhaustive, for the purposes of the imposition of sanctions by the Secretariat of Internal Commerce of the Ministry of Production and Labor, acting as the enforcement authority, and enunciative for the purpose of promoting legal actions by affected ones. With the Decree, the maximum amounts of the fines are substantially increased to an amount of 10,000,000 mobile units (approx. AR$ 264,000,000), the procedural rules for infringements are established and new legal actions are provided for those affected by unfair competitions acts.

Additionally, the requirements for the identification of products commercialized, the provisions for misleading advertising, and the regulations on sales promotions that contain pizers or gifts, among other issues, are maintained.

Regarding advertising as unfair competition, a definition of comparative advertising is incorporated, which states that advertising is to be considered comparative when explicitly or implicitly refers to a competitor, its brand or the products or services offered by it.

Additionally, the Decree incorporates to the Consumer Protection Law No. 26,993 (the "Consumer Protection Law"), article 1 bis, which provides the inclusion of the Electronic Dispute Resolution System, as a previous, optional and free procedure for users and consumers. for access to the Prior Reconciliation Service in Consumer Relations (COPREC for its acronym in Spanish), through which the individual or collective consumers and users’ claims shall be resolved, instructing the authority of the Consumer Protection Law to regulate its scope.

Finally, it should be noted that the provisions of the Decree are considered to be public policy rules, as stated in article 2; the principles of the national administrative proceedings law o No. 19,549 are applicable to the procedure provided in the Decree; and that the provisions of the National Civil and Commercial Code shall apply.

Any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, or corporate@trsym.com.


Simplification of requirements for foreign companies

On April 3rd, 2019, the National Securities Commission (the "CNV") issued General Resolution Nº 789/2019. It amended prior CNV rules in order to facilitate the registration processes with this authority.

In such respect, CNV established that:

  • the attendance of an attorney in fact duly authorized will suffice for a foreign company to participate in a shareholder meeting. In this regard, an attorney in fact shall be considered duly authorized as follows:
    • the legal representative appointed for the Argentine Republic;
    • any person with a power granted by the legal representative in the Argentine Republic or by a person authorized in accordance with the rules of the country of origin under the terms of Section 239 of the Law Nº 19,550; and
    • any person with a power granted abroad by an authorized person in accordance with the legal requirements of the country of origin and with applicable rules for foreign documents in Argentina.
  • Furthermore, companies whose register of entry shares were issued in accordance with Section 208 of the General Corporations Law, may replace the Stock Registry Book and the Book of Assembly Attendance traditional paper format by a new computerized system by applying for an authorization before the CNV. The original documents must be kept in paper format at the registered office.

Any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, or corporate@trsym.com.


New guidelines applicable to the Data Protection Act

On January 16, 2019, the Argentine Data Protection Agency (the “Agency”) enacted Regulation No. 4/2019 (the “Regulation”) which established new guidelines to be applied to the Personal Data Protection Law No. 25,326 (the “Data Protection Act”), in order to enhance its implementation.

In this sense, the main relevant provisions implemented by the Agency are as follow:

  • personal data owners may access to their data acquired through video surveillance, provided that, their identity is duly certified. If their request were rejected, they shall be noticed about the possibility to file a claim with the National Direction for the Personal Data Protection;
  • if the recorded image identifies any other third party, the data holder shall apply a decoupling technic in order to assure that only the data owner will be identifiable;
  • the data owner shall have the right to request a disclosure regarding the applicable logic in those cases in which negative legal effects, or if any other significative negative consequence, may emerge from decisions based on automatic treatment of personal data;
  • biometric data identifying a person shall be deemed sensible only if it may result discriminatory to the data owner;
  • data holder shall implement valid and effective identification mechanisms;
  • in relation to the assignment of personal data among public offices, certain scenarios were defined in which prior consent of the data owner shall not be necessary; and
  • underage may consent the treatment of their personal data, under certain conditions.

Any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, or corporate@trsym.com.


Financial Statements´ reporting in constant currency

The enactment of Law N° 27,468 on November 15th, 2018 reestablished the effectiveness of previously abrogated Section 62 (in fine) of General Corporations Law N° 19,550 that sets forth that interim and annual financial statements are required to be reported in constant currency and delegated in the Public Registry of Commerce (“IGJ”) its effectiveness date.

In such respect, IGJ´s issuance of General Resolution N° 10/2018 (the “Resolution”) on December 28th, 2018 reestablished the effectiveness of such obligation and additionally amended General Resolution Nº 7/2015 in the following related matters:

  • financial statements must be filed in constant currency (except those issued by entities subject to special control regimes)
  • financial statements shall be restated in accordance with the regulations issued by the Argentine Federation of Professional Councils of Economic Sciences (FACPCE) and adopted by the Professional Council of Economic Sciences of the City of Buenos Aires (CPCECABA);
  • the decisions to be adopted by governance bodies must be taken with accounting information in constant currency;
  • all restatements must be expressed in their actual value;
  • companies subject to the Public Registry of Commerce’s control that are controlling, controlled or affiliated to other companies subject to oversight by the National Securities Commission may adopt specific regulations applicable to the latter, explaining the reasons in the financial statements.

Any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Juan Pablo Bove, Federico Otero, Julián Razumny, or corporate@trsym.com.