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The economic substance requirements for Jersey partnerships

The Taxation (Partnerships – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 202- was lodged with the States Assembly on 18 May 2021 and, if passed, is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2021 (with a six month transition period to 1 January 2022 for partnerships established before 1 July 2021).

Tokenized copyrights: Linking an NFT to a copyright licence

In our last report on the NFT (Non-fungible tokens) self-experiment “Formulating a smart contract and minting an NFT”, we looked at what data is packed in a freshly minted NFT. In principle, it is possible to include an entire data set of an artwork (i.e. in our case the GIF) in an NFT and thus on the blockchain. We also pointed out that in our self-experiment we did not only link to the digital artwork but also attached a limited usage licence to the NFT (in the metadata; because otherwise the buyer of an NFT in general will not own any intellectual property respectively rights of exploitation or use to the artwork connected to the NFT).

Virtual Asset Service Providers become subject to registration requirements and AML/CTF obligations

On 23 April 2021, provisions of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) were transposed into Irish Law by the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021 (CJA 2021), which amends the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (CJA 2010). Please see our recent briefing for analysis of changes introduced by 5AMLD: New Irish Anti-Money Laundering Rules.

Child maintenance: traps for the unwary

For parents, the child maintenance system can seem a vast and complicated system of ropes and pulleys for something they expect should be straightforward.


William Fry announces five new partners

William Fry Announces Five New Partners William Fry has announced the appointment and arrival of John O’Connor as a Partner in our Technology Department, as well as four new internal promotions to Partner: Sheila Tormey, John Magee, Paul White, and Graham Quinn. These appointments are across key areas of growth for the Firm including: Corporate, Competition, Real Estate, and Technology. John […]


The long read: Why your paralegals hate you

The paralegal remains one of the most ill-defined jobs in the legal profession. Exclusive research by Lawyer 2B has found long hours, poor pay and dangling the “carrot” of a training contract could create serious problems for UK firms.

Gowling WLG advises on Convergys acquisition of BUW

Convergys Corporation, a leader in customer management, will acquire Germany-based and owner-operated BUW for €123m, subject to certain adjustments and regulatory approvals. Gowling WLG partner Dr Andreas Woelfle – together with new partner Manuela Finger (IP/IT and Commercial) – advised Convergys on all aspects of the acquisition, supporting the company in expanding its global footprint into the German […]

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