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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

Higher Dutch VAT rate on several LS-products

By Luca van Silfhout, Patrick Vettenburg A number of goods and services, listed in an annex to the Dutch VAT Act, qualify for the reduced VAT rate (instead of the regular VAT rate of currently 21%). Among these goods and services are: qualifying medicines, first-aid type supplies such as bandages and qualifying medical aids such […]

US raises bar for International Development Finance with proposed Build Act

By Paul M. Murphy, Mark McAuley Overview: The United States seems to be raising the bar for International Development Finance with the proposed BUILD Act. Through the proposed creation of a new U.S. Government institution, the International Development Finance Corporation, the US looks to create a new paradigm for the developing world – in direct response to […]

How can protectionism affect technology?

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

Promotion of indigenous R&D in pharmaceutical industry by the Delhi High Court

By Ajay Bhargava, Arvind Kumar Ray, Karan Gupta In the recent case of Modi-Mundipharma Private Limited v Union of India & Ors., (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 11802 of 2016), the High Court of Delhi (Court) has clarified that incremental innovation or novel drug delivery systems like lipid / liposomal formulations, sustained release, controlled release, etc. should […]

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Further developments in stamp duty land tax

By Niall Murphy We have previously reported on earlier court decisions considering certain aspects of the SDLT legislation. Since then a number of further decisions have been issued. The first two — The Pollen Estate Trustee Company v HMRC and HMRC v DV3 RS Limited Partnership — are decisions of the Court of Appeal, and the […]

NCTM set to assist Nomisma and Yard Srl in Turin property management

NCTM will assist Nomisma and Yard Srl, a service provider in real estate, in the management of 10 properties in Turin. The firm will be providing economic and technical support aimed at the promotion, enhancement, transformation, management and sale of 10 properties owned by the state, the municipality, the State Railways, Consap and Equitalia Nord sites […]

United Kingdom Privy Council to hear Madoff feeder fund appeal

In September 2011, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Commercial Court held that investors in Fairfield Sentry Limited (in liquidation) (Sentry), a feeder fund for Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities Limited (BLMIS), could not be forced to repay money received from the redemption of their shares in Sentry prior to its liquidation… If you are registered […]

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