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The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.

Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 67 countries on six continents.

ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 26 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.

Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.

The ILN’s international directory app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. To access the app, click here or log on to ILNmobile.com from your smartphone.

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HOWARD & HOWARD EXPANDS LAS VEGAS OFFICE

Buntin-PhotoRoyal Oak, Michigan, February 26, 2015:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Stephanie S. Buntin has joined the firm.  She will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas Office.

Ms. Buntin concentrates her practice on intellectual property. She focuses on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, as well as trademark clearance, policing and enforcement.

Ms. Buntin received her B.A. from Vassar College in 2008 and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – William S. Boyd School of Law in 2011. She is a member of the American and Clark County Bar Associations as well as the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada. Ms. Buntin is licensed to practice in the State of Nevada as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. More…

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Board spills: ASIC proposals to make it harder for shareholder activism: ASIC Consultation Paper 228: Collective Action by Investors – Regulatory Guide 128 and ASIC Class Order [CO 00/455]

ASIC has released a consultation paper on collective action by investors[1] and updated its guidance on the takeovers and substantial holding notice implications of investors taking collective engagement with listed entities.

The potential results of ASIC’s guidance (intended or unintended) is to make it harder for investors to join together to call a general meeting and propose a board spill resolution.  This is because ASIC includes in the draft updated regulatory guide[2] its analysis that a group of investors signing a board spill notice[3] is likely to give each signatory a relevant interest in all of the other signatories’ shares and if the total shareholding within the group of signatories is more than 20% then all the signatories will be in breach of the 20% takeover threshold[4]. More…

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Extended EDR membership exemption for commercial credit providers

On 25 February 2015, the Attorney-General’s Department announced that the exemption for commercial credit providers to be a member of an external dispute resolution scheme (EDR) would be extended.

Under section 21D(2)(a)(i) of the Privacy Act, a credit provider is not permitted to disclose credit information  about an individual to a credit reporting body unless it is a member of an approved EDR. More…

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KLA Compliance & Anti-Corruption team is recognised by Latin Lawyer

The article “Who’s Investigating”, published by Latin Lawyer in 2014, points out the anti-corruption investigations and who are the compliance lawyers in key economies. Latin Laywer puts KLA as a recognised name in the field and details the work developed by Anti-Corruption partners Isabel Franco and Paulo Prado, as well as the firm’s compliance team.

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Isabel franco participates in Special Report of Financier Worldwide magazine

n the Special Report on Corporate Fraud & Corruption “Anti-corruption and bribery developments in Latin America”, published by Financier Worldwide for their February issue, the magazine moderated a discussion among Isabel Franco from KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados, Roberto Hernández-García from COMAD, S.C., Mauricio Almar from Halliburton,  Ivan E. Velez from KPMG LLP, and Patrick Henz from Primetals Technologies. In the report, Isabel Franco said: “Most lawyers are sceptical of the value of these leniency agreements, but only time will tell how they will actually work.”

The complete Q&A Forum is available on the Financier Worldwide’s website:http://www.financierworldwide.com/forum-anti-corruption-and-bribery-developments-in-latin-america

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Access Board Seeks to Revise Accessibility Standards for Information and Communications Technology of Federal Agencies and Certain Technology Manufacturers, Moving to Functionality-Based Approach

On February 18, 2015, the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (the “Access Board”) announced the release of its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“NPRM”), refreshing and revising the existing accessibility requirements under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“508 Standards”) and Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934 (the “255 Guidelines”), and merging them into a single rulemaking intended to support the accessibility of Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”) for individuals with disabilities in the federal sector.

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Ontario Court Addresses Rarely Considered E&O Exclusion

By David Buxton-Forman

In its recent decision in Hollowcore v. Visocchi, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice analyzed a rarely considered exclusion typically found in the errors and omissions (“E&O”) policies issued to engineers and architects. The exclusion removes cover for losses arising from the professional’s failure to complete drawings, specifications or schedules in time, unless the delay is the result of error or inaccuracy in the document preparation. It appears the Hollowcare judgment is the first reported judicial comment on this exclusion in Canada.

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ERISA at 40: A Time to Assess Multiemployer Defined Benefit Pension Plans

As the 40th anniversary of the landmark Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is noted, an article by Allen B. Roberts featured in the Winter 2014 Benefits Law Journal observes that participating employees and contributing employers – as the primary stakeholders in the fortunes of multiemployer defined benefit pension plans – may not be among the celebrants. Employees who should benefit from retirement contributions and the employers who fund the payments are encountering a world different from that anticipated with the passage of ERISA. Increasingly, employers and their employees are questioning whether the promise of retirement security can be delivered cost effectively — or at all — by defined benefit pension plans maintained under union contracts. While some employers have avoided, or moved away from, the defined benefit plan model – favoring defined contribution plans or other retirement programs – those having ongoing commitments must face the current and prospective realities of the multiemployer defined benefit plans to which they are obligated to contribute.

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Happy 6th Blogiversary to Zen & the Art of Legal Networking!

Today marks six years since Zen & The Art of Legal Networking made its debut in the legal blogging world. In some ways, it feels like it’s been longer than that, while in others, the time has just flown!

I’ve only ever marked this “blogiversary” three other times – on the second, fourth and fifth anniversaries, when I shared a sort of “state of the blog,” things I had learned, and tips for blogging. Blogiversaries, like anniversaries, should be a time of reflection, so today has got me thinking about what I’ve learned in the past year, specifically six things I can share with you from Zen. 

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners: Szymon Gałkowski – new head of Banking, Finance & Restructuring

Szymon Gałkowski, advocate, to date one of the Partners in the Banking, Finance and Restructuring Department in Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners (KZRP), has been promoted to the position of the Managing Partner of the Banking, Finance and Restructuring Department. At the same time, please be informed that we have ended our cooperation with Mr. Piotr Gałuszyński and Mr. Jacek Czabański.

In his new role, Szymon Gałkowski will be supported by the existing team of 15 experienced lawyers specialized in banking, finance, bankruptcy and restructuring law.

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