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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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Tax case reporting takes to the Net

Elizabeth Davidson reports THE SPECIALIST tax set Gray’s Inn Chambers has launched a case reporting service on the internet. The Tax Case Reporting Service, launched by the chambers on 15 July, will make the results of some tax cases available within half an hour of a decision being reached. Initially it will only include details […]

Ministry of Justice back on the cards

The Government is revisiting Labour’s historic pledge to establish a Ministry of Justice. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, is understood to be looking at the possibility of establishing a new ministry with responsibility for all aspects of the legal system. And a source close to the Lord Chancellor has said such a […]

EC urges Taiwan to relax rules

The European Commission is pressing for greater rights of access for foreign lawyers in Taiwan, as part of its negotiations over the country’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The move is backed by the Law Society, which wants to see the strict regulations for foreign lawyers practising in Taiwan relaxed. Although foreign lawyers […]

Flotations

Berwin Leighton acted for London bus company Metroline on its £37m listing on the London Stock Exchange. Rowe & Maw acted for the sponsors to the listing.

Property

Nabarro Nathanson advised the Post office on the sale of its sorting office at King Edward Buildings to Merrill Lynch, advised by Linklaters & Paines. Merrill Lynch plans to convert the historic building into its 500,000 sq ft European headquarters.

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