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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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Three top Italian firms merge to fight UK and US predators

Three top Italian law firms are merging in response to “aggressive competition” from UK and US practices.The firms are Erede e Associati, which is advising Olivetti in its £36.5bn take-over of Telecom Italia alongside Herbert Smith (The Lawyer last week), Bonelli e Associati and Pappalardo e Associati.Foreign interest has forced Italian firms to examine their […]

The pro bono myth laid bare

AS THE Government pursues a successful strategy of attacking solicitors for their supposed greed, the legal profession is steadfastly refusing to reveal what work it does for free.Unearthing individual solicitors who are committed to pro bono is not difficult. But getting the entire profession to provide the hard facts and figures to show how much […]

Private practice lawyers miss out on top jobs in CPS shake-up

None of the crucial roles in the shake-up of the Crown Prosecution Service have gone to lawyers in private practice, The Lawyer can reveal.Just two candidates from outside the CPS have been handed jobs as chief crown prosecutors in the 42 new prosecuting areas.But one has come from the civil service where he is legal […]

Scuffle of the week:

Veteran CPS basher Neil Addison (pictured) notched up another round in his battle against the service. Former senior crown prosecutor Addison, who resigned in 1995 after being suspended for his political activities while on the Bar Council, has since been consistently passed over for jobs at the CPS, despite enjoying a good reputation among his […]

Pro bono not top priority, says Law Soc president

MICHAEL Mathews says the Law Society supports pro bono initiatives. So why has the Law Society recently turned down two applications for grants to set up pro bono schemes?Leeds Law Society recently applied for a u4,500 grant to set up a free advice centre in the city. The Law Society offered a mere u650 and […]

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