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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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Speechly Bircham steals Maxwell Batley man

Speechly Bircham has taken litigation partner Ian Timlin from dispute resolution specialist firm Maxwell Batley. Timlin joined the firm last week after 10 years as a partner at Maxwell Batley. He specialises in professional negligence claims and allegations of regulatory breaches. Speechly Bircham managing partner Michael Lingens said: “The firm is committed to achieving significant […]

People’s Republic of China

The People’s Republic of China is fast becoming the hottest new jurisdiction for international law firms as the Chinese government looks to open up the local financial and legal markets to foreigners. Clyde & Co and Norton Rose are both moving into Shanghai after securing local licences earlier this month, while Pinsent Masons has revealed […]

Alito confirmed as US Supreme Court justice

Samuel Alito has been approved as the United States’ 110th Supreme Court justice, securing victory in the most partisan vote in the nation’s modern history. The US Senate voted 58-42 to confirm Alito as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Only one of the Senate’s majority Republicans voted against Alito’s confirmation, while just […]

Latham posts record results

Latham & Watkins has posted a 14 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) off the back of a 17 per cent rise in gross revenues for 2005. Average PEP increased from $1.4m in 2004 to $1.6m, while revenues grew from $1.2bn to $1.4bn. London managing partner David Miles told The Lawyer […]

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