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Results of the 2021 Canadian federal election

The Liberal Party of Canada failed to secure a majority in Parliament, but will form another minority government. Little has changed in terms of seat counts, and the composition of the House of Commons will be largely the same in Canada’s 44th Parliament as it was in the 43rd.

Payment for order flow: duty to clients

The discussion around payment for order flow (or PFOF) has been going on for some time in the UK, is nascent in the EU and rages in the US (particularly in relation to retail broking).

Q&A: Supply of goods to Saudi Arabia and GCC preferential tax treatment

Are you considering supplying goods from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? If the answer is yes, then this is a must-read to check if you qualify for GCC preferential tax treatment (including custom duty exemption), and the commercial implications you need to consider if you don’t.

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Freshfields’ absence in Luxembourg is baffling

Luxembourg is the second-largest investment fund centre in the world and the biggest in Europe. This is not new – City firms have been handling funds work involving Luxembourg for decades. But there’s been a step change since the UK’s Brexit vote in 2016. One Grand Duchy-based asset manager GC describes it as “a place […]

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Clifford Chance extends associate career break initiative to US

Clifford Chance is looking to expand a scheme that offers two months of unpaid leave to associates, after a trial run was completed in the 2019/20 financial year. The scheme, named Clifford Chance Choice, was launched in March 2019 as a catalyst for new initiatives and projects aimed at adapting traditional work structures to accomodate […]

Share placements are filling the M&A gap at Slaughters

April was a tough month for most, but not so for equity capital markets (ECM) lawyers. According to data from Refinitiv, the UK saw the joint most share placements (equal to March 2017) in the last month than in any other month in the last decade. While glitzy corporate M&A lawyers bring in the cash […]

Mayer Brown adds second magic circle partner in a month

Following swiftly on from the hire of Allen & Overy’s Trevor Borthwick last month, Mayer Brown has targeted the magic circle again by bringing in a real estate partner from Linklaters. Mayer Brown has hired Simon Price, who has been in Linklaters’ real estate practice since 2015. He is the co-leader of the global funds and […]

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