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International Lawyers Network Elects New Chairman

Business colleagues raising flags of different of countriesNew York (June 20, 2017) – The International Lawyers Network, a global network of more than 5,000 lawyers, announced today that Simon Ekins of Fladgate LLP in London, England, has been elected Chairman.

Ekins assumes the chairmanship from Peter Altieri, shareholder with Epstein Becker & Green, following an election by the Board of Directors during the Network’s Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden early this month. Altieri has served as ILN Chairman since June 2009, stepping down after eight years of service.

“We are so appreciative of Peter’s efforts and all the work and time he has devoted to the Network as Chairman over these last eight years,” said Alan Griffiths, Executive Director of the International Lawyers Network. “His heart-felt speech at our Annual Conference’s gala dinner was met with a long-standing ovation from all in attendance, which was a true testament to the respect he has garnered during his time in the position.”

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International Lawyers Network Shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for Second Year

ILN_640The International Lawyers Network has been shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for a second year in a row.

The winners of this category will be announced at The Lawyer European Awards 2017 at a ceremony at Grange St. Paul in London, England on Thursday, March 16, 2017. This is only the second year the category for Global Network of the Year has been included for consideration in the awards.

Judges in this category examine evidence of strategic vision, with particular focus on cross-border initiatives, consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services and outstanding talent management, in evaluating the submissions.

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Ohio: House passes measure to exempt optical aids from sales tax, saving consumers $29M

In a late September blog post, the Ohio House Majority Caucus announced that it had passed HB 116, which exempts optical aids from sales and use tax, beginning in July 2019. Optical aids include the following: eyeglasses, contact lenses, and “other instruments or devices that may aid or correct human vision and that have been prescribed by a physician or optometrist licensed by any state, country, or province.” Eyeglass lenses, and “frames into which lenses have been installed, if the lenses have been prescribed by a physician or optometrist licensed by any state, country, or province,” are also within the definition of exempted items.

In order to prevent tax evasion, the law will presume that sales tax applies “until the contrary is established.”

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Massachusetts: Coalition sues to stop the millionaire’s tax ballot initiative

At the end of the summer, we described the movement that is afoot to raise taxes on the wealthy in certain states. New York City‘s mayor had announced his plan for a “fair fix” tax on the “on [the] wealthiest New Yorkers to modernize subways and buses, [and] fund half-priced metrocards for low-income riders,” and Seattle’s 2.25 percent tax on the income of joint tax filers with income over $500,000, which passed in July, was taking fire in the form of three taxpayer lawsuits.

Also at the time, the effort in Massachusetts, known as the Fair Share Amendment, was well underway. It is scheduled to hit the ballot in 2018, and seeks voter approval for a new 4 percent tax on income over $1 million, which would be written into the state’s constitution.

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South Dakota: Online sales tax case in US Supreme Court’s hands

We posted an article not even a month ago describing South Dakota’s latest loss in the ongoing dispute between the state on one hand and several internet retailers on the other, over the permissibility of taxing online sales. After the oral arguments, which we also detailed, the South Dakota Supreme Court did not take long to reach its conclusion: that the state did not have the authority to impose sales and tax laws on the retailers, Wayfair, Overstock.Com, and Newegg, because they lack a physical location there. South Dakota vowed to take its next, and last possible step, to the United States Supreme Court.

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CARF: Health plans offered to employees need not be identical to enjoy social security exemption

CARF recently decided that it is not possible to tax amounts paid by the company as medical assistance offered to its employees, even if the coverage is not identical for all employees and managers. This understanding is in line with the legal requirement of Law No. 8,212 / 91, which was recently approved by the labor reform. The decision draws attention, as it may represent a new change in the positioning of CARF.

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CARF cancels assessment involving tax planning with reduction of capital and return of shares abroad

A civil construction company was assessed for having carried out a share sale transaction preceded by a capital reduction, with consequent repayment of the shares that would be sold to companies based in Uruguay, which ultimately figured as sellers of the equity interest . As a result of the design of the operation, the capital gain was taxed at a rate of 15% (non-resident gain), instead of 34%, as preferred by inspection.

The tax planning was understood by the fiscalization as simulation of operation of alienation of shares to the foreign company. As a result, a tax assessment notice was issued that required the positive difference of IRPJ and CSLL due on the alleged disposal operation carried out by the Brazilian holding company.

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Injunction application against a CEGEP: RSS causes the institution’s decision to be enforced

October 16, 2017 — Last Friday, the Superior Court denied an application for an interlocutory injunction to force a CEGEP to reintegrate a student in a college programme. The student had been expelled after having failed or abandoned several courses.

Alexandra Kallos and Pierre Brossoit demonstrated that the student’s arguments were not convincing and did not justify such an exceptional measure as an interlocutory injunction.

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Sharon Druker hosts a workshop on commercial negotiation

October 16, 2017 — On Wednesday, October 11, the Bar of Montréal presented a continuing education program consisting of a simulation of a commercial negotiation.

Sharon G. Druker hosted and commented the activity which also involved half a dozen lawyers practising commercial law with various Montréal firms.

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ILN Firm of the Month – A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm, Greece!

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm, Greece!
The firm, founded in Athens in 1955 by Agis Metaxopoulos, was known as A. Metaxopoulos Law Offices until 2005 when it took its current form. From the very outset A. Metaxopoulos Law Offices began to grow and soon became established as one of the most highly specialised law firms in Greece in matters of Intellectual and Industrial Property, Entertainment, Advertising and Mass Media law. Since 2000 the firm has grown and is considered (by expert publications in these fields) as one of the leading practices in Greece in the areas of: Litigation & Arbitration, Media & Entertainment law, Corporate & Commercial, Employment, Taxation, Civil law, Real property, Competition law. The firm is also active in the fields of White Collar Crime, International Arbitration, Assets Recovery, Civil Law, Public Procurement, Mergers and Acquisitions.
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Ny Høyesterettsdom om merverdiavgift

En ny dom av 29. september 2017 fra Høyesterett fastslår at et holdingselskap ikke hadde fradragsrett for inngående merverdiavgift for rådgivningstjenester påløpt i forbindelse med kjøp av et eiendomsselskap som holdingselskapet senere ble fellesregistrert med.

Høyesterett avsa den 29. september 2017 en dom i sak 2017-1831-A som omhandlet fradragsrett for inngående merverdiavgift for rådgivningstjenester ved kjøp av aksjer. Hele dommen kan leses her.

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Quijano & Associates in Relay for Life 2017

Quijano & Associates participated, on our second consecutive year of Relay for Life 2017; supporting children with leukemia and cancer of the Republic of Panama.

This year is, undoubtedly, just the second one of many years to come supporting the Foundation of Friends of Children with Leukemia and Cancer (FANLYC).

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