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Canada: New checks under Police Record Checks Reform Act

By Amy Derickx On Nov. 1, 2018, new “checks” on the police record check system will be in force under Ontario’s Police Record Checks Reform Act. Organizations who rely upon police record checks as a method of determining suitability for employment or volunteer work will want to review related policies and procedures for the purposes of […]

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019

Understanding the blockchain, cryptocurrency and electronic token space is becoming more important than ever for financial institutions, business, investors and start-ups. This is particularly the case in relation to government attitudes and definitions, cryptocurrency and sales regulation, money transmission laws and anti-money laundering requirements, promotion and testing, ownership and licensing requirements, taxation and border restrictions. […]

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 […]

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Judges are set to pass judgment on the performance of barristers and could send them for extra training under a new scheme proposed by the Bar Standards Board. The bar’s regulator wants to introduce a quality assurance scheme to ensure that standards of advice and advocacy among barristers remain high. Bar Standards Board chair Ruth […]

Laytons swoops for axed Beachcroft team

Laytons has taken on the London-based private client team of Beachcroft, one of the departments axed in the firm’s recently-announced restructuring programme. Partner Julian Korn and his small team move to Laytons after it was decided that private client work was no longer part of Beachcroft’s strategy. Last week (9 November) it emerged that Beachcroft […]

Rambus scoops new GC

Technology licensing company Rambus has poached its new general counsel from computer chip supplier Xilinx. Thomas Lavelle joined as senior vice president and general counsel at Rambus, reporting to president and chief executive officer Harold Hughes. Lavelle has spent much of his career in-house at technology companies. He joined Xilinx in 1999 after spending more […]

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By now everyone who was at The Lawyer’s Legal Summit in Monte Carlo last weekend should be back at the grindstone. But the themes raised in the 17 sessions and discussed in detail by the 200 in-house and private practice lawyers will linger far longer in the memory than the two days of the annual […]

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