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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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Russian IP Court clarified how to tackle “cooling-off” period in parallel import disputes

Russian IP Court clarified how to tackle “cooling-off” period in parallel import disputes

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Week of November 28, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’re in the home stretch for the year now – December is upon us! So, have you hit all of your goals for 2016? Although it’s a hugely busy time of year for many of us in terms of wrapping things up, and planning for next year, take some time to review your plan for the year and see if there’s anything that you can still implement over the next few weeks or at least add into your 2017 planning and goals. You might be pleasantly surprised to realize that you’ve got time for one more article, or your holiday networking plans will provide the opportunity for another contact or two. And taking a review of this year’s activities as you’re planning for 2017 will help to give you a realistic sense of what you can accomplish in the new year.

But first, take a look through these top posts from ILNToday, where some of our members have surely been hitting their content goals for 2016!

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PINK LADY in Chile: Australian industry wins trade mark case on appeal

Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), the owner of well-known PINK LADY trade marks in over 80 countries, has been successful in its appeal to the Court of Appeal of Victoria against Pink Lady America, LLC (PLA) regarding rights over PINK LADY trade marks in Chile.

Background

While the matter concerned valuable trade marks which are registered in Chile, it was essentially a contractual dispute concerning the scope of rights granted under a trade mark licence. The licence, being a contract between APAL and PLA, a company incorporated under the laws of Washington State, in The United States, was governed by the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia. The appeal has relevance not only for the construction and implication of terms for trade mark licences but also, more generally, commercial contracts.

The PINK LADY trade mark was first used in connection with the Cripps Pink apple variety. The Cripps Pink variety was bred by John Cripps at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) in the 1970s, by crossing the Golden Delicious and Lady William apple varieties.

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Two recruits join our Insurance Law Practice Group

December 1, 2016 — RSS recently added two litigators to its Insurance Law Practice Group:

  • Georgia Papadolias, who joined us in the early days of November after having been with a boutique litigation firm. Her practice will comprise an important share of transportation and maritime law cases.
  • Sandrine Bédard, called to the Bar a mere few days ago, will remain on a course that began in 2014 as a student and continued when she articled with us. She will continue to represent before the courts a clientele that is already familiar to her.
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Compensation Based on Assets Under Management May Raise Conflict of Interest Concerns Requiring a Prohibited Transaction Exemption

Advisers and financial institutions that are compensated based on a fixed percentage of the value of assets under management may want to reconsider that compensation methodology as it could require compliance with a prohibited transaction exemption, such as the Best Interests Contract Exemption (the “BIC Exemption”), which is a component of the fiduciary rule issued by the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) in April 2016 (the “Final Rule”).  While stating in the recently published “Conflict of Interest FAQs” (the “FAQs”) that the ongoing receipt of a fixed percentage of the value of a customer’s assets under management, where such values are determined by readily available independent sources, typically does not require compliance with a prohibited transaction exemption, the DOL cautions that such compensation may still raise conflict of interest concerns and require that the adviser comply with a prohibited transaction exemption.  The FAQs, like the Final Rule, are generally limited to advice concerning investments in employee benefit plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) and certain other plans.

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Get ready for another ATED valuation date

The Autumn Statement on 23 November contained no further detail about how the Government’s proposals for achieving Inheritance Tax transparency for offshore structures from 6 April 2017 is going to work in practice.  However, in rather ominous fashion, the Government did use the occasion to confirm that the changes are going ahead as planned from 6 April 2017. 

Non-doms owning UK residential property through offshore trusts, companies or other vehicles need to get their skates on if they are to get any reorganisations finished by 6 April 2017 (see my blog of 3 November 2016 for one reason why doing so may be desirable).  However, there may be another good reason – some may find their company’s Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) bill goes up substantially too.  Here’s why.
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Hall & Wilcox adds to commercial dispute resolution team

Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox has added to its Melbourne commercial dispute resolution practice with the appointment of Hamish McNair as senior associate.

Mr McNair joins Hall & Wilcox from Norton Rose Fulbright. He brings diverse experience in disputes involving breach of contract, corporations law, consumer law, equity, financial services, product liability, real property and intellectual property.

He has advised on disputes in several industries including healthcare, technology, finance, government, pharmaceutical, property, retail and transport. Mr McNair has acted for clients in relation to complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission and has appeared for clients at inquiries conducted by the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). He is a member of the NSW Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Committee.

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Hall & Wilcox boosts Sydney Private Clients practice with two new appointments

Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox has added further depth to its Sydney Private Clients team by appointing two new special counsel, Eileen Meehan and James Whiley.

Eileen Meehan has extensive experience in estate planning, and joins from Bartier Perry, where she was consulting to the private clients team. Eileen was previously a Director in PWC’s private clients team specialising in estate planning.

James Whiley has specialist expertise in estate planning, dispute resolution and succession planning for high net worth clients. He was previously at Bartier Perry where he was responsible for a large portfolio of clients. Prior experience includes a succession and estate planning role at PWC and a senior role at a leading private client team in an international London-based law firm.

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Holiday Networking is Coming.

cqatth9oyuw-liz-bridgesThe end of this week marks the beginning of December, and we all know what that means…

Holiday party invitations are coming. 

For introverts like me, holiday parties are probably not high on your list of exciting December “to dos” – it’s not that we don’t love them; it’s just that they’re rather exhausting. Extroverts may see them as a chance to enjoy a bit of relaxation with friends and meet new people. But no matter how you view holiday parties, they are definitely a key opportunity to network.

Whether you’re a networking pro or feel like there’s room for improvement, every networking experience is a chance to hone your skills. Recently, we held our Regional Conference of the Americas, and invited David Ackert, President of The Ackert Advisory, to facilitate a type of speed-dating session that we refer to as our “referral rendezvous.” We matched our lawyers in groups of 3-4 people, and they had 25 minutes to talk and connect with each other – some of them have known each other for many years, while others were meeting each other for the first time.

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HOWARD & HOWARD’S STEVEN M. VAN BEEK NAMED TO MICHIGAN LAWYERS WEEKLY “UP & COMING LAWYERS” CLASS OF 2016


Royal Oak, Michigan, November 29, 2016: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Steven M. Van Beek has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming­­ Lawyers” Class of 2016. The 30 Honorees were selected by a committee based on criteria including those who have established a name for themselves in the legal community, go above and beyond, and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 years in practice.
Steven M. Van Beek concentrates his practice in the area of financial regulations. He represents credit unions throughout the country to help ensure they comply with the regulations and guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the National Credit Union Administration, the Federal Reserve Board as well as the underlying legal statutes. Beyond the regulations, Mr. Van Beek has intimate knowledge of the operational issues facing credit unions and best practices credit unions can follow to reduce compliance, strategic and reputation risks.

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