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Social housing monthly law update – October 2018

By David Isaacson Highlights of this month include: Autumn budget coming up Government announces new generation of council housing Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 receives Royal Assent Government announces new housing measures Download the full update to get fully up-to-speed on the past month.

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The Austrian Insolvency Code provides for the possibility to challenge certain disadvantageous transactions carried out by the debtor after material insolvency has occurred, especially if the creditor knew or should have known of its debtor’s material insolvency. This risk of legal actions being contested is of particularly high relevance for shareholders who are also creditors […]

Board decisions made by delegation of powers can be challenged in court in Romania

By Mădălina Neagu, Andra Jegan To enable decisions to be passed efficiently, the Companies Law (31/1990) created flexible mechanisms and procedures allowing specific shareholder powers to be delegated to a company’s management. Such mechanisms have been successfully implemented by a vast number of companies and have enabled them to expedite corporate changes concerning their main […]

Canada: New checks under Police Record Checks Reform Act

By Amy Derickx On Nov. 1, 2018, new “checks” on the police record check system will be in force under Ontario’s Police Record Checks Reform Act. Organizations who rely upon police record checks as a method of determining suitability for employment or volunteer work will want to review related policies and procedures for the purposes of […]

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019

Understanding the blockchain, cryptocurrency and electronic token space is becoming more important than ever for financial institutions, business, investors and start-ups. This is particularly the case in relation to government attitudes and definitions, cryptocurrency and sales regulation, money transmission laws and anti-money laundering requirements, promotion and testing, ownership and licensing requirements, taxation and border restrictions. […]

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