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Bermuda joins EU Whitelist

By Tim Faries, Sally Penrose The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) announced today that Bermuda has moved to the “whitelist” following efforts over the past months to implement legislative changes that comply with the EU’s tax governance principles. In May 2019, Bermuda was included on the “greylist” as a cooperative tax jurisdiction with a […]

BVI joins EU Whitelist

By Jeffrey Kirk, Andrew Jowett, Robert Varley On 18 February 2020, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council announced that the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has moved to the ‘whitelist’, indicating that the BVI is now in line with tax governance and transparency standards prescribed by the EU. In March 2018, the BVI was included on […]

No Oral Modification Clauses Remain Solid as a Rock

By Ryaan Doodson Introduction No Oral Modification Clause(s) (NOM Clause(s)) are a common sight in commercial contracts and generally state that all variations to the contract “must be agreed, set out in writing and signed on behalf of both parties before they take effect”. Such clauses seek to prevent informal, oral or perhaps unintentional changes […]

Swiss IP News

By Markus Frick, Manuel Bigler easyJet vs. easyBet – Hosting provider ordered to take down trademark infringing website In a decision of 2 December 2019, the Commercial Court of Argovia, Switzerland, held that the website at easybet.com infringed easyJet’s famous trademark and ordered the Swiss hosting provider to take down the website. This is the […]

Company cars – time to go electric?

By Mark Braude Boris Johnson’s announcement to accelerate the ban on selling new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars has put a spotlight on electric cars. In this article, we look at how the government is using the tax regime to encourage employers to embrace electric. No benefit in kind for 2020-21 It is commonly understood […]

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Allen & Gledhill raids Rajah & Tann for five-partner team

Singapore-headquartered Rajah & Tann has blamed the exit of five international arbitration partners to rival Allen & Gledhill on “professional disagreements” between them and the firm. The five-partner team, led by former head of international arbitration Chong Yee Leon, are said to have quit the firm because “they had different views of how certain initiatives […]

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Ex-Dewey chief Davis to pay $500k settlement to resolve claims

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis is set to pay $511,145 (£335,000) to the defunct firm’s liquidation trust to resolve claims against him in relation to the US outfit’s dramatic collapse last year. Davis has reached a settlement with the liquidation trustee under which he will pay his standard contribution to the partner contribution […]

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DLA Piper has released issue 63 of its Banking and Finance Litigation Update. The document is published monthly and covers current developments affecting the group’s area of practice and its clients during the preceding month. As expected, the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced changes to the remit of the Bank of England in the Budget but […]

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Copyright body Fact to reveal first GC after Wiggin secondment

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) is gearing up to unveil its first-ever general counsel, whose appointment is expected to be announced in the coming week. The trade organisation, established in 1983 to protects members’ IP rights, is understood to have recruited from another in-house position to fill the new role. His appointment from 1 […]

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