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By Amy Derickx On Nov. 1, 2018, new “checks” on the police record check system will be in force under Ontario’s Police Record Checks Reform Act. Organizations who rely upon police record checks as a method of determining suitability for employment or volunteer work will want to review related policies and procedures for the purposes of […]

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Understanding the blockchain, cryptocurrency and electronic token space is becoming more important than ever for financial institutions, business, investors and start-ups. This is particularly the case in relation to government attitudes and definitions, cryptocurrency and sales regulation, money transmission laws and anti-money laundering requirements, promotion and testing, ownership and licensing requirements, taxation and border restrictions. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Ropes & Gray defeated as Motorola denied ban against Microsoft’s Xbox

A US judge has ruled part-way through a trial that Ropes & Gray client Motorola cannot ban the sale of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 games console in the US and Germany, representing a significant step forward for Microsoft and its lawyers at US firms Sidley Austin and Calfo Harrigan Leyh & Eakes. According to the ruling, […]

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Opening in Washington DC suits some Linklaters partners surprisingly well Linklaters made a startlingly short announcement last Wednesday confirming the launch of a Washington DC office – a reopening of a base it shut in 2002. The DC return had been expected and is logical, given the city’s opportunities in antitrust, tax and regulatory work. […]

Australian mid-tier firm forges ties with China’s Dacheng

Brisbane-based Australian firm HopgoodGanim has strengthened its ties with China by signing cooperation agreements with two Chinese firms, Dacheng and Zhejiang T&C law firm. The cooperation agreements, which are non-exclusive, are said by HopgoodGanim’s managing partner Bruce Humphrys to be key to the firm building long-term relationships in the Chinese market. The agreements outline the […]

Webber Wentzel to incorporate Linklaters name when alliance goes live

Linklaters’ new South African alliance partner Webber Wentzel is set to incorporate the Linklaters name into its own and take on the UK firm’s branding, it has emerged. The Johannesburg-based firm will retain its name when the tie-up goes live on 1 February next year but adopt its ally’s brand alongside its own. The news […]

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