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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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New time restriction sparks complaints

Commercial litigators say a pre-action protocol on handling debt claims may lead to court-room mayhem if it becomes law because of the time restriction it imposes. Under the protocol, judges will have the power to award adverse costs against defendants if they do not respond to claims with a full case outline within a week. […]

Cisco Systems

The UK division of information technology giant Cisco is believed to be the biggest operation outside its US headquarters. It would, therefore, be expected that a business which claims its market capitalisation places it third only to Microsoft and Intel in the world’s top-ranking companies, would use a raft of the most expensive big-hitting law […]

Plea for son's sterilisation refused

A recent High Court Family Division action before Mr Justice Sumner has introduced a new dimension to litigation aimed at obtaining orders for the mentally handicapped to be sterilised. A string of cases in which sterilisation orders have been sought, and often granted, in respect of mentally handicapped women has built up since 1976. Now, […]

City trio earns millions in Allied Domecq sale

Magic Circle firms Slaughter and May, Linklaters and Clifford Chance are understood to have made millions out of the complex and bitter struggle for the control of Allied Domecq’s pub chain. The multi-million pound fees paid out by the three parties involved in the epic buyout struggle have been widely criticised by shareholders. A 25-lawyer […]

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