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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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Five points for anyone who correctly guesses the identity of this well-known lawyer: “Sorry, but I’ve got a massive hangover today. I was out with clients at 5pm yesterday when the news came through.” If you said Taylor Wessing’s current, and newly re-elected, managing partner Michael Frawley, you win. Yesterday the Kiwi wine buff may […]

Law firms buy a piece of London’s history

City law firms Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have splashed out and bought themselves a year of London’s history. Each paid out £5,000 to have their logos included on a timeline in the Museum of London’s new galleries, which will feature works from more than 300 years of the […]

Vinson leads on Swiss sukuk for EnergyMixx renewable energy float

Vinson & Elkins has scooped a role advising on the first sukuk from Swiss renewable energy company EnergyMixx. The sukuk will be used to fund the expansion of EnergyMixx’s European power plants in the renewable sector. Finance partner Ayman Khaleq, who led the Vinson team, said the sukuk is unusual in that it is funding […]

Third-party umming and arring

Recent reports have pointed to the fact that third-party litigation funding is finally entering the mainstream of City litigation, with Herbert Smith considering whether to go down that alley. This claim is likely to have shocked some City lawyers, and rightly so, as many of them probably thought they were already working on such funding […]

Scotland

Two firms stand out in the Scottish peer group this year, but for very different reasons. Dundas & Wilson posted robust turnover growth but a static average profit per equity partner (PEP), while Brodies had an exceptional year, with revenue rising by an enviable 43 per cent coupled with a decent 13 per cent hike […]

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