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Results of the 2021 Canadian federal election

The Liberal Party of Canada failed to secure a majority in Parliament, but will form another minority government. Little has changed in terms of seat counts, and the composition of the House of Commons will be largely the same in Canada’s 44th Parliament as it was in the 43rd.

Payment for order flow: duty to clients

The discussion around payment for order flow (or PFOF) has been going on for some time in the UK, is nascent in the EU and rages in the US (particularly in relation to retail broking).

Q&A: Supply of goods to Saudi Arabia and GCC preferential tax treatment

Are you considering supplying goods from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? If the answer is yes, then this is a must-read to check if you qualify for GCC preferential tax treatment (including custom duty exemption), and the commercial implications you need to consider if you don’t.

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Former Freshfields partner to appeal SDT decision in the High Court

Ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ryan Beckwith is to appeal the £35,000 fine handed down by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last year.  In his SDT hearing last year, Beckwith was found to have initiated and/or engaged in sexual activity with Person A in circumstances in which he was in a position of seniority and/or authority. The […]

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US firms in London get lead roles on Blackstone’s student housing purchase

Kirkland & Ellis, Jones Day, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Gowling WLG have all picked up roles on Blackstone’s acquisition of iQ Student Accommodation for $4.7bn. The deal, which is said to be the UK’s largest-ever private real estate transaction, had been in play since late last year when Blackstone is understood to have first […]

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