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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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Country of origin labelling reform – Missing a key ingredient

The Federal Government released details of its proposed country of origin labelling (CoOL) scheme in a joint statement (Joint Statement) of the Prime Minister, Minister for Industry and Science and the Minister for Agriculture on 21 July 2015.

This announcement, which was not expected until August, follows a public consultation on CoOL reform options which received over 17,800 submissions.

A key feature of the proposed CoOL scheme is the mandatory labels for food produced or packed in Australia which are intended to provide a quick reference tool for consumers to easily identify the origin of food products. Interestingly the mandatory labels approved by the Federal Government don’t actually require the origin of the food to be stated. More…

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Fintech and alternative financial product series – Part 4: What do you need to know about applying for an Australian Financial Services Licence?

Certain types of alternative finance or tech businesses will need to get an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL).  This is because your product or service could be classified as:

  • providing financial product advice to clients;
  • dealing in a financial product;
  • making a market for a financial product;
  • operating a registered scheme;
  • providing a custodial or depository service, or
  • providing traditional trustee company services.


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Stamp Duty Amendment & the New Real Estate VAT Rule

In January, 2015 The Government of The Bahamas implemented Value Added Tax (“VAT”) at 7.5% to be charged on all goods and services. This new VAT tax affected many businesses, as businesses were required to update their computer systems in order to implement VAT in compliance with the new law. Food stores and other stores selling goods were not the only businesses that were affected, but also those businesses providing services. Law firms were affected and were forced to increase their fees. Six months later, it appears that this 7.5% was not sufficient for the Government as it relates to real estate transactions. When one is selling or buying property one must consider the additional costs of VAT associated with the transaction as VAT is charged on the appraisal report, legal fees, search fees and now on the consideration or appraised value of the property (which ever is accepted and approved by the Controller of VAT). More…

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Sexual Orientation: Ensuring Equality in the Workplace

Same-sex couples are able to get married or register a civil partnership in England, Scotland and Wales, which gives them many of the same rights as heterosexual couples. Now that the US has also recognised same-sex marriage as legal in Obergefell v Hodges, the issue of sexual orientation is likely to move into the spotlight of ensuring equality under employment law.

Recognising what protections UK employment law offers gay and lesbian people, and what conduct may be identified as discriminatory can be good practice for all employers as they look to promote an equal and productive work environment.

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Week of July 20, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’ve got some really interesting posts for you in this week’s roundup, covering everything from intellectual property to labor law to the 2016 Olympics! So before you head out for the weekend, make sure to take a look through this week’s roundup from ILNToday!

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Regulators Issue Final Dodd-Frank Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial Services Industry

On June 10, 2015, the much-anticipated joint final standards (“Final Standards”) issued by six federal agencies (“Agencies”) in accordance with Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) for assessing the diversity policies and practices of the entities that they regulate (“Covered Entities”) were published and became effective.   Covered Entities include financial institutions, investment banking firms, mortgage banking firms, asset management firms, brokers, dealers, financial services entities, underwriters, accountants, investment consultants, and providers of legal services.  In issuing the Final Standards, the Agencies stated that their goal is to provide a framework for an entity “to create and strengthen its diversity policies and practices . . . and to promote transparency of organizational diversity and inclusion.”

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Don’t end up Breaking Bad

A right to break in a lease is often something that is fiercely fought over at heads of terms stage. If the tenant successfully obtains such a right, it should be cherished, since it provides a hugely beneficial flexibility that could be crucial in the future.

This flexibility can be useful as a negotiating point, forcing a landlord to consider offering a re-gear or other incentive to prevent the tenant from moving premises as the break date comes around. Or it can of course provide for a convenient exit strategy from a property that is no longer needed, too expensive or not performing as expected. More…

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Legal Marketing Goes Global – A Panel Recap

eDLHCtzRR0yfFtU0BQar_sylwiabartyzel_themapToday, I had the pleasure of attending (via Skype along with the LMA NJ City Group) the Metro New York’s presentation of “Legal Marketing Goes Global: Maximizing International Success for your Firm.” The session was a panel discussion (with questions from the audience throughout) that featured moderator Bob Robertson, the Director of Strategic Business Development at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP, and panelists, Howard Kravitz, the US Marketing Leader for PwC and Joanne Southern, the Chief Marketing Officer for Proskauer.

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Canadian Court Orders Google to Scrub Its Search Results

desktopThe internet’s sheer breadth often gives the impression that it transcends local legal jurisdictions. As commerce and trade become increasingly electronic ventures, courts now grapple with how to enforce orders against parties not operating within traditional physical jurisdictions.

In June, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (the “Court”) in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc., 2015 BCCA 265, upheld a decision granting an injunction ordering Google to de-index from its search results certain websites selling goods subject to an intellectual property infringement claim.

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Royal Oak, Michigan, July 23, 2015:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Brian J. Pezzillo, Jennifer R. Lloyd and Marisa L. Maskas have joined the firm.  All three will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas Office.

Brian J. Pezzillo concentrates his practice on litigating, arbitrating and resolving claims arising from a variety of business, commercial and construction disputes. He counsels clients on the drafting and negotiation of various commercial and construction contracts. Mr. Pezzillo has represented clients before various administrative agencies as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission, the Las Vegas Air Quality Commission, the Nevada State Contractor’s Board and the Nevada Commission on Ethics. More…

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