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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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Powell Goldstein opens WTO office in Geneva

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Francies wins place on Weil Gotshal committee

Weil Gotshal & Manges has elected Mike Francies to its management committee, after the shock departure of Maurice Allen. The appointment to the 13-member committee will cement Francies’ position as head of the firm’s London office, a role he previously shared with office founder Allen who quit the firm on 28 January (The Lawyer, 31 […]

Michelin man joins Archibald Andersen

Blake Redding, former general counsel of Michelin, has joined Archibald Andersen as a partner in its international corporate department. Redding says the motivation for leaving French tyre manufacturer Michelin after five years was to return to private practice and an admiration for Archibald Andersen’s commitment to multi-disciplinary practice. Archibald Andersen is the French member firm […]

Gomes Acebo in Brazilian link-up

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Law Lords to hear SA challenge

The compensation hopes of thousands of South Africans suffering from asbestos-related diseases now rest with the House of Lords. The Law Lords have agreed to hear a final challenge to earlier court orders that the compensation claims should be heard in South Africa rather than the UK High Court. Lawyers representing the South Africans argued […]

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