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By Vladimir Komarov Despite the fact that the political situation in Austria, in comparison with other countries of the Western world, is considered more favorable towards Russia, banks and other service providers have recently begun to treat Russian customers with increasing suspicion and skepticism. Therefore, doing business in Austria or using Austrian jurisdiction for capital management […]

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By Shahrzad Esmaili, Roch J. Ripley Canada’s Trajectory as an Innovation Hub Canada’s innovation and tech sectors have flourished in recent years, attracting leading entrepreneurs and major investments from around the world to Canada. Along with this rapid sector growth has come a corresponding flurry of interest in innovation and, by extension, intellectual property – particularly in […]

Chopper overhead: Helicopter engines a source of confusion in aviation financing

By Marie-France Béland, Julie Djiezion The question of how to effectively take security over helicopter engines is one of fundamental importance to creditors. However, despite its importance, this area of aviation financing remains surprisingly unclear. The confusion surrounding this question stems from the way helicopter engines are defined under the Convention on International Interest in Mobile Equipment (the “Convention”) […]

Mining, agricultural and construction equipment financing

By Marie-France Béland, Mathieu Santos-Bouffard The Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, signed on November 16, 2001, in Cape Town (the “Cape Town Convention”) establishes an international regime for the creation, enforcement, registration and prioritization of security interests in categories of high-value, uniquely identifiable mobile equipment. In addition to Convention protocols specific to aircraft, railway […]

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