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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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“A new tax regime introduced in the Bahamas”

Before January 1 there were no direct taxes levied on the trading of goods and services in The Bahamas. In times past, consumers were only required to pay customs duty on goods imported into The Bahamas.  For the past year and a half though, the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas attempted to engage its citizenry in a debate over the implementation of a new tax regime as part of efforts to reduce the country’s national debt and secure funding for key infrastructural developments in the future. The government’s solution: Value Added Tax which according to government officials was selected above all others because it’s less susceptible to economic fluctuations.More…

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TELEMEDICINE HAS AN UNLIKELY ALLY: THE FTC

As a lawyer practicing in the telemedicine space, I am rarely surprised these days.  But every once in a while I will read or hear something that stops me in my tracks. That is exactly what happened when I read a blog post by an FTC Commissioner which, among other things, calls for government policies that help facilitate greater adoption of telemedicine.  The post was part of a broader piece about the FTC’s role in promoting competition and innovation in health care.

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Supreme Court weighs in on ASADA and the Bombers: What is an arbitration?

In December 2014, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), with the support of the Australian Football League (AFL), sought orders from the Supreme Court of Victoria under the Commercial Arbitration Act 2011 (Vic) (Act). These orders were for subpoenas to be issued requiring certain evidence (witnesses and documents) to be given at the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal (Tribunal) hearing of ASADA’s prosecution of several players at the Essendon Football Club on allegations of doping through the use of the banned peptide Thymosin Beta-4. More…

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New Jersey Law Requires Encryption of Personal Information

On January 9, 2015, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed new legislation that will require health insurance carriers authorized to issue health benefits plans in the state—including insurance companies, health service corporations, hospital service corporations, medical service corporations, and health maintenance organizations—to encrypt personal information. Triggered by a series of data breaches involving the health information of almost a million residents, Senate Bill No. 562 (“SB 562”) was passed unanimously by both houses of the state legislature and will take effect on August 1, 2015.

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Ohio Tax Conference: Explosion of Shale Gas Drilling in Ohio…Mineral Rights: Sell or Lease (Ann Hunt)

Ann Hunt will be a panelist at the 24th Annual Ohio Tax Conference on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the 4:15 p.m. workshop. She will be speaking on the “Explosion of Shale Gas Drilling in Ohio…Mineral Rights: Sell or Lease”. 

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Særlige omkostninger ved optagelse af lån

LÅNGIVNING

De fleste forbinder omkostninger ved låneoptagelse med den rente, der skal betales for at få lov til at råde over det lånte beløb. Det kan dog forekomme, at der ”også ved siden af” betales et beløb til pengeinstitut eller rådgiver for at få vilkårene på plads i en låneaftale. Jo mere omfattende og kompleks låneaftalen er, jo dyrere risikerer ydelsen at blive.

Højesteret har først i 2014 fået lejlighed til at tage stilling til, hvordan disse omkostninger ud over renten, skal behandles skattemæssigt. De pågældende omkostninger vedrørte dels bilstand til låneaftalen, dels den overordnede struktur på gældssiden for en virksomhed.

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Opfindelser skal hemmeligholdes

Opfinder- og iværksætterkonkurrencer er populære. Som underholdning i tv og som led i erhvervsudvikling udbydes jævnligt konkurrencer, hvor værktøjer, lokaler og finansiering stilles til rådighed for iværksættere eller mindre, nyopstartende virksomheder, der derved gives mulighed for at udvikle egne forretningsideer. Modsvaret er som oftest, at deltagerne til gengæld skal tillade offentligheden at følge med på sidelinjen.

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Neil Melliship recognized by World Trademark Review 1000

For the second year in a row, Neil Melliship was recognized as one of the world’s leading trademark professionals by the peer-reviewed World Trademark Review 1000. WTR 1000 is the only guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading legal trademark service providers. Big congratulations to Neil on the huge honour.

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Honourable Marion J. Allan republished in Journal of International Aging Law & Policy

In November 2012, the Honourable Marion J. Allan spoke at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Conference. In a poignant anecdotal commentary on the state of healthcare, housing and guardianship policies for seniors, Allan gave a personal address about the final three months of her mother’s life. The topic so relevant and the story so telling, the speech was recently re-published by the Journal of International Aging Law & Policy. Find the full article here: “Do they serve coffee on this train?”

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CW attends 2015 For Children We Care Gala

Larry Yen and Lauren Liang attended the 20th anniversary of the For Children We Care Gala on Saturday night at Vancouver Convention Center. This black-tie event is well attended by the Chinese business community, and brings together nearly 1,000 business and community leaders. Larry Yen of Clark Wilson LLP is a sliver sponsor of the event, and Lauren Liang is a board member of the Chinese-Canadian Planned Gift Committee of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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