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The economic substance requirements for Jersey partnerships

The Taxation (Partnerships – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 202- was lodged with the States Assembly on 18 May 2021 and, if passed, is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2021 (with a six month transition period to 1 January 2022 for partnerships established before 1 July 2021).

Tokenized copyrights: Linking an NFT to a copyright licence

In our last report on the NFT (Non-fungible tokens) self-experiment “Formulating a smart contract and minting an NFT”, we looked at what data is packed in a freshly minted NFT. In principle, it is possible to include an entire data set of an artwork (i.e. in our case the GIF) in an NFT and thus on the blockchain. We also pointed out that in our self-experiment we did not only link to the digital artwork but also attached a limited usage licence to the NFT (in the metadata; because otherwise the buyer of an NFT in general will not own any intellectual property respectively rights of exploitation or use to the artwork connected to the NFT).

Virtual Asset Service Providers become subject to registration requirements and AML/CTF obligations

On 23 April 2021, provisions of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) were transposed into Irish Law by the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021 (CJA 2021), which amends the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (CJA 2010). Please see our recent briefing for analysis of changes introduced by 5AMLD: New Irish Anti-Money Laundering Rules.

Child maintenance: traps for the unwary

For parents, the child maintenance system can seem a vast and complicated system of ropes and pulleys for something they expect should be straightforward.



Olswang makes up just two partners in reduced promotions round

Olswang has promoted just two lawyers to its global partnership in London and Singapore. Intellectual property senior associate Joel Vertes is the only person to have been made up in the City, having trained at the firm in the early 2000s. He also heads up Olswang’s franchising and licensing group, advising clients on international deals […]

Olswang CEO Paul Stevens

Olswang to move to open plan and agile working by 2017

Olswang will move to full open plan in its London headquarters and offer agile working for all staff by March 2017, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm is in the process of refitting its 90 High Holborn offices “to better utilise its office space”, a spokesperson told The Lawyer. The refurbishment will include “moving to […]


Olswang on merger hunt as 2Birds and Simmons targeted

Olswang is in the market for a merger, The Lawyer can reveal. Chief executive Paul Stevens is understood to have outlined plans for a potential merger at the partnership conference in January. Sources close to the firm said Olswang was “in talks” with a number of firms including Bird & Bird and Simmons & Simmons, […]

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