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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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A highly paid Wade in the sea

Regular readers may recall a wave of stories some time back about the City trend for able-bodied men to ditch the suits and climb in the ring. One of the leading proponents of the ‘art’ of white-collar boxing was one Alex Wade, a former Carter-Ruck solicitor who saw the light and joined the noble ranks […]

Shell censured for flouting Nigerian rule of law with ‘gas flaring’

Shell has been accused of ignoring the rule of law in Nigeria, with one of the company’s own former lawyers leading the legal fight. Peter Roderick was a lawyer at Shell between 1985 and 1991 and is now the co-director of the Climate Justice Programme at environmental charity Friends of the Earth. Friends of the […]

Turnover inches up at Browne Jacobson

Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has announced its 2006-07 turnover, which is up by just 3 per cent from £30.1m to £32m. The firm has not yet confirmed profit figures, but managing partner Brian Smith predicted that average profit per equity partner (PEP) would be up by approximately 8 per cent, to £315,000. Any increase would […]

Anti-risk list

Derivatives are key in managing the deficits in defined benefit pension funds. Edward Jewitt and Edmund Parker report on the main legal issues US investor Warren Buffett once bluntly described his feelings on derivatives and the trading activities that go with them. “We view them as time bombs, both for the parties that deal in […]

Jones Day fights French headhunter fee ruling

Jones Day has become embroiled in a bitter five-year dispute with a French headhunter, which has involved allegations of harassment and threatening behaviour. Eric Ohayon successfully sued Jones Day in a French court for E60,000 (£41,000) in October 2006 for breach of contract, having originally demanded E233,000 (£159,000). The firm is now appealing the judgment […]

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