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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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THE U.S.– SWEDEN I.G.A.: A PRACTITIONER’S PERSPECTIVE

Sweden recently entered into an intergovernmental agreement (“I.G.A.”) with the U.S. to address the application of F.A.T.C.A. to Swedish financial institutions. The subsequent modifications to Swedish law to accommodate the I.G.A. were made public on August 11, 2014 in a proposal by the Ministry of Finance.102 The proposal added numerous modifications to the requirements for compliance and published the reporting forms that will be due starting next year. Read more by clicking the link to the right.

The article is taken from The Ruchelman Law Firm’s Insights Vol. 1 No. 8. You can read the complete newsletter by clicking the link to the right.

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Commercial Disputes Settlement: Advantages of International Arbitration

Arbitration, in particular international arbitration, has many advantages compared with national court or other domestic dispute resolution forums.

Ability to select arbitrators

At court, the trial panel members are assigned by the court according to the judges’ practice areas and workloads. The result of this arrangement is sometimes an assigned judge may not have the experiences and expertise relevant to the specific matter of dispute between the parties. On the contrary, at arbitration, the parties may select the arbitrators who have the most suitable skills and experiences that satisfy their requirements. Moreover, international arbitration centers provide lists of their arbitrators, who are experts in many business fields and who have years of experiences in resolving international disputes, for the parties to select. This is important as international commercial disputes are often very complex and require extensive knowledge of international laws and business practices. More…

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Enterprise law seeks to open opportunities

Leadco lawyer Dinh Nhat Quang said the separation of business establishment registrations and business line registrations, and the abolition of the requirement for business conditions at the time of registration, would result in an inability to filter out investors who would normally not be approved to set up enterprises.

The draft amendment to the Viet Nam Law on Enterprises 2005 allows enterprises to become involved in businesses not listed in their business register certification, except for those requiring specific conditions. More…

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Leadco organized Seminar on Resolving Commercial Disputes through International Arbitration

Leadco in collaboration with White & Case, Singapore and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) organized a Seminar on “Resolving Commercial Disputes through International Arbitration” in late March 2014 at the Hotel de L’Opera Hanoi.

At the seminar, speakers from Leadco and White & Case presented and discussed a variety of issues relating to the resolution of international disputes through use of an arbitration centre including reasons to choose arbitration and its advantages over litigation, important issues to consider when resolving disputes at an international arbitration centre, experience in resolving international disputes through arbitration, key decisions for the arbitral process, strategic approach to settlement discussions and management of legal costs to be able to achieve successful resolution of disputes through international arbitration. The guest speaker from SIAC gave brief introduction about SIAC, the Singapore’s International Arbitration Framework, and institutional measures for controlling costs and timelines under the SIAC Arbitration Rules, and finally discussed about advantages of resolving international disputes at the SIAC. More…

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Public Company Directors Beware: The SEC Says You ARE Responsible for Data Privacy and Protection

According to recent statements from an SEC com-missioner, directors of companies with reporting obligations should play an active role in overseeing how their organizations use cyber security to protect personal or otherwise private customer information. Indeed, per Commissioner Luis Aguilar, ‘‘[e]ffective board oversight of management’s efforts to address these issues is critical’’ to protecting customer data and ensuring the adequacy of related public disclosures. More…

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Client Alert – California to Guarantee Paid Sick Leave

On August 30, 2014, the California Legislature approved AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which guarantees the vast majority of employees in California at least three days of paid sick leave per year. On the same day, Governor Jerry Brown issued a statement signaling his intent to sign the bill into law. Below are just some of the new law’s features which will take effect on July 1, 2015: More…

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MASH Sector Needs to Brace for Possible New Era in Procurement – Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA)

By Roy Nieuwenburg

Heads Up – CETA is Coming

Until now, the MASH (municipal, academic, schools and hospitals) sector has in practice been relatively unscathed by federal trade agreements, such as the Agreement of Government Procurement, the North America Free Trade Agreement and the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). In contrast, the federal government and its agencies have been subject to and bound by these agreements and the companion federal Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act (CITT). The CITT gives disappointed bidders enforceable recourse against the federal government and its agencies where the principles and stipulations of the trade agreements are not observed.

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Partner or employee — How to distinguish between two concepts

Accountants, lawyers, physicians and all others carrying on business as a partnership with mandatory retirement provisions will want to pay close attention to the decision rendered by the Supreme Court in McCormick v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Theodore Goloff explains why.

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Is that a fixed term or an indeterminate term contract? The Court of Appeal provides insight

Whether an employment agreement is a fixed term contract, valid for a predetermined period, or an indeterminate term contract, valid until terminated otherwise than under its terms, has substantial significance.

The Quebec Court of Appeal recently shed new light on the criteria under which both types of contracts can be distinguished. Theodore Goloff discusses that case.

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The impact of a single word in an employment contract

To use a hockey metaphor: sometimes, a party to a contract will literally score an own goal. He will seize the puck and shoot in the direction of his own net while taking the goaltender’s attention away from the game.

Jacques Bélanger discusses a recent decision where one employer’s use of the word “guarantee” in a contract caused unwanted consequences — shooting, if you will, in its own goal.

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