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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019

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Dutch tax regime: confirmation of EU ‘per-element approach’

The Supreme Court rendered its judgement in two cases regarding the “per-element approach” to the Dutch tax consolidation regime (fiscal unity). The cases concern: a Dutch interest deduction limitation rule, and; the (non-)deductibility of currency losses on certain participations. On 8 July 2016, the Supreme Court raised preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the […]

Brazilian democracy and election changes

By Ricardo Junqueiro Getúlio Vargas once said that Brazil fears nothing in the present, prides itself on the past and relies serenely on the future. It is very doubtful that the phrase maintains any type of actuality in the days that run. Neither does the present allow us to dispel fears (on the contrary). Not even the […]

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Three dealing

Cayman, Bermuda and the BVI are the ideal jurisdictions for Brazilian companies to turn to when they need sophisticated financial products. By Alan Dickson When the economic ­crisis passes, Brazil will be remembered as being a calm port in the financial storm. Indeed, international investors are still interested in opportunities for exposure to Brazil’s relatively […]

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Martineau turnover down ten per cent; PEP drops by a quarter

Birmingham-based Martineau has posted a 24 per cent drop in profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2008-09 financial year. Equity partners will make an average of £198,000 compared with £260,000 for the 2007-08 financial year. This comes as the firm reports a drop in turnover of nine per cent, falling from £23.2m in 2007-08 […]

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Paying the piper

The notion of partners earning less than their associates has always been the stuff of legend. In the terrible slump of the 1990s there was a number of firms where, it was whispered, the senior associates took home more than their bosses. But Blake Lapthorn, one of the stalwarts of The Lawyer’s top 100, is […]

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How Beachcroft quietly propelled four of its top lawyers into the most influential policy roles in the legal profession Many law firms are proud of their public service efforts. But there is one firm that has applied strategic method to how its partners volunteer their services. The result has been that it now has ­partners and legal […]

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