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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019

Bermuda Government attitude and definition The current Bermuda government was elected in 2017 having undertaken to create new economic pillars in Bermuda, identify new opportunities for economic diversification, and seek local and overseas investment to develop new local industry and thereby create jobs in Bermuda. Since its election, it has enthusiastically embraced the financial technology […]

Mongolia – Trademark Protection

By Bolormaa Volodya The exclusive rights of the trademark holder will be granted or entitled when the trademark is officially registered with the General authority of Intellectual property and trademark certificate is issued. “Trademark” means distinctive expression used by an individual or a legal entity, engaged in manufacturing of goods or the provision of services, in […]

Kazakhstan – Agricultural business and opportunities for Islamic finance

By Shaimerden Chikanayev Agriculture is one of the most attractive sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy. Kazakhstan has approximately 24 million hectares of arable land and 188 million hectares of pasture. More than 74% of the country’s territory is suitable for agricultural production. More than 42% of Kazakhstan’s population live in the countryside and about 20% of all […]

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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Clare Canning

Mayer Brown litigation partner joins E&Y as global general counsel

Mayer Brown litigation partner Clare Canning is set to leave the firm to become global general counsel at Ernst & Young (E&Y). Canning is best known for her role defending E&Y in a major claim brought by Equitable Life in 2002, when she was head of litigation at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) (7 February […]

Clash of the tartans

Still reeling after McGrigors beat it to the biggest-Scottish-firm-by-turnover spot for the second year running, Dundas & Wilson at last has taken some decisive action. Years ago the firm cleverly identified having a larger London presence as a key strategic aim. Now the firm has launched merger talks with heavyweight Bircham Dyson Bell (see story). […]

Macfarlanes makes a troika

Macfarlanes has become the third UK firm this year – following previous victims SJ Berwinand Clifford Chance – to have its funds practice raided by a US rival (see story). This time the raider was Skadden. The US giant picked up Macfarlanes partner Stephen Sims, with whom Skadden plans to launch a City funds practice. […]

Has the Government got a Google-plex?

Last night Jeremy Hunt announced his vision for UK digital media at the Royal Television Society in Cambridge. His speech, portending a new Communications Act (for which there will be a Green Paper), lauded the strengths of the UK’s digital economy but stressed that in order to remain a world leader in digital content provision […]

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