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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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Latham bolsters New York with O’Melveny hire

Latham & Watkins‘ New York office has made its second lateral partner hire in a week for its corporate department, luring Taurie Zeitzer from O’Melveny & Myers. Zeitzer has particular experience in private equity deals both across the US and in Europe. Her arrival follows that of corporate partner Adel Aslani-Far, who joined Latham’s New […]

Freshfields stands by O’Brien after conflict case

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer consultant Barry O’Brien will retain his role as head of corporate finance despite admitting a conflict of interest at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last week. Co-senior partner Guy Morton told The Lawyer: “When Barry returns from his summer holiday he’ll continue as head of corporate finance with the full support of the […]

Lawyer at foot-and-mouth company has no US licence

The general counsel for US animal research company Merial, one of the companies at the heart of the investigation into the foot-and-mouth outbreak in Surrey, has not had an active US legal licence since 2000, it has emerged. Horace Nalle has been general counsel at Merial since 1997, but asked the State Bar of Pennsylvania […]

The Howard Kennedy remedy

It’s time for the inaugural The Lawyer 200 spin awards, and an early entry is London’s very own Howard Kennedy. The property behemoth saw its average profit per equity partner (PEP) soar by a third last year, from £473,000 to £630,000. It was clearly a corking year, but perhaps the strong PEP performance was helped […]

Freshfields’ M&S saga: O’Brien admits conflict and accepts fine

Barry O’Brien’s fate as the sole Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner shouldering the blame for a 2004 conflict of interest was sealed as early as January. At O’Brien’s disciplinary hearing last week (2 August), his counsel Mark Howard QC of Brick Court Chambers told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) that O’Brien had not had a “Damascene […]

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