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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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This marks a watershed for City firms’ finance groups. If Allen & Overy (A&O), the UK’s top project finance firm, is having to junk lockstep to make its practice pay, what hope for the rest? As we report this week, A&O has decided to axe equity points from certain partners in its London projects group […]

Bar Council probes Blackstone’s chief

Blackstone Chambers co-head Ian Mill QC has found himself the subject of a Bar Council investigation after acting for Greek composer Vangelis in High Court litigation. The Bar Council is investigating allegations that Mill relied on flawed evidence from forensic handwriting expert Audrey Giles to bring a claim against the composer’s former manager Jiannis Zographos. […]

T-Mobile imposes legal budget cuts

Telecoms giant T-Mobile has halved its legal spend and cut the number of law firms it uses in a company-wide bid to slash costs. During the past six months, the company has reduced its external counsel from 15 to six, driven down fees and secured discounted rates as part of a legal budget overhaul. The […]

Stephensons property ace joins Taylor Wessing

Stephenson Harwood has lost one of the rising stars from its real estate team. Stephenson Harwood has lost one of the rising stars from its real estate team. Property finance specialist Justin Webb, a partner at the firm since 2003, is joining Taylor Wessing in February. His hire follows that of former Norton Rose environmental […]

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