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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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A new bilingual legal tech platform has been launched in China that could save lawyers “lost in translation” and boost foreign investment going into and out of the country. Supported by Beijing officials and a pool of international law firms, beta trials are underway to test docQbot, a cloud-based contract bot said to draft quality […]

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Fieldfisher adds third office in China with group hire

Fieldfisher has opened its third Chinese office in as many years, hiring three partners for a new operation in Guangzhou. The firm launched in Beijing and Shanghai in 2016 and 2017 respectively amid a period of rapid international expansion. In the last two financial years, Fieldfisher’s revenue has shot up 68 per cent from £123m to […]

Slaughters on call for EY after audit reform backlash

Slaughter and May has been brought in to advise Big Four accountant EY as it seeks to fight back against audit reforms announced by the Competition and Markets Authority last month. The firm is advising EY on whether it can challenge recommendations made by the CMA, which suggested an overhaul of the audit sector following […]

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