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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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DAVIS MALM WELCOMES LUCAS BURKE

Boston, MA, January 26, 2015 — The Boston law firm of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. announced that Lucas Burke joined the firm as an associate in the Trusts and Estates area. Mr. Burke focuses his practice on estate planning, trusts and estate administration, and gifting strategies and techniques. He advises individuals, families, and trustees in a range of planning matters and counsels the owners of closely-held and family businesses on tax-efficient succession planning. Mr. Burke also frequently educates individuals and families on the estate planning process through programs held at community locations. More…

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Fostering Collaboration Between Clients and Lawyers: The Transparency Piece

Building on Viewabill’s last webinar session (audio and presentation recording here), they moved into a discussion of transparency, and its impact on the inside/outside counsel relationship. Per their session agenda,

What role has sharing matters via Viewabill played in fostering collaboration throughout the legal process, and what overall impact has it had on your professional relationship with each other?”

The participants in this section include:

Panelists:
Daniel Baker, Sr. Operations Lead, LinkedIn Legal
Mike Haven, Senior Corporate Counsel, Legal Operations and Litigation, NetApp
Vincent Cordo Jr., Global Director of Client Value, Reed Smith, LLP
Rick Howell, Director of Financial Systems, Perkins Coie, LLP
Justin Liu, Associate General Counsel, MGM Resorts International
Karen Anzuini, Chief Information Officer, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Moderator:
Robbie Friedman, CEO + co-founder, Viewabill

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Epstein Becker Green Technology, Media & Telecommunications Strategic Industry Group Co-Hosts Informative Roundtable Discussion Regarding Financing and Workplace Management Issues

On January 21, 2015 at The Standard, Highline, New York, New York, members of Epstein Becker Green’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Strategic Industry Group, Stout Risius Ross (SRR), Axial and the New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund led an informative roundtable discussion regarding “Moving to the Next Level: Valuation & Financing Considerations and Employment Strategies for Start-Ups and Emerging Technology Companies.”  This two-part discussion addressed how to take a company to the next level from a financial and valuation perspective, and relatedly, how to manage and mitigate workplace employment issues to ensure the human capital engine of the business is sound.

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Bill C-43 Receives Royal Assent

On December 16, 2014, Bill C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2, received royal assent. This Bill implements certain tax measures that were in the 2014 federal budget, as well as a few additional amendments to the Income Tax Act that were not previously announced in the budget. Some of the significant changes that will impact estate planning going forward are discussed below.

  • Testamentary trusts will no longer have access to graduated rates of taxation and instead will be subject to tax at the highest marginal tax rate. An exception will be made for “graduated rate estates” (essentially, most estates for the first 36 months) and “qualified disability trusts”. These proposals were first announced in the federal government’s 2013 budget, and were discussed in an earlier post.
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Leave The Source Code Behind

U.S. Attorneys in many jurisdictions are more willingly stepping into the fray between financial services firms and their former employees who have misappropriated trade secret information. In a recently reported case out of the Northern District of Illinois, two former employees of Citadel LLC, a Chicago based premier hedge fund in the high frequency trading space, pled guilty and received three-year sentences for their participation in a scheme to steal source code from Citadel and a prior employer in order to create their own trading strategy for their personal future use. This continues a trend begun in earnest in 2013 after the Department of Justice issued the Administration’s Strategy On Mitigating The Theft Of U.S. Trade Secrets. Since that time, federal criminal enforcement efforts in trade secret matters have been on the upswing in the financial services industry as well as other areas.

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Week of January 19, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

I am bringing you today’s roundup from the Dolomites in Italy! It’s a beautiful crisp day here today, with almost no snow, but our ILNSki-ers are out on the mountainside. I am not a skier, so instead, I’m bringing you the roundup of the top posts from this week on ILNToday!

 

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The Buzz About Metrics

Following the first part of the Viewabill webinar, we headed into the next presentation, “Measuring Up.” Viewabill says:

It may come across as unseemly to acknowledge, but at its core, the practice of law is a business. What are some key performance metrics that firms use to determine whether they consider an engagement to have been “successful” and what is currently being done with those metrics in areas such as employee performance, operational efficiency, and predictive models?”

Clients apply their own set of metrics for determining quality, value, and success. What are some of the metrics they use when selecting outside counsel?”

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Shielding Against New York’s ‘Faithless Service Doctrine’: How Fund Managers May Protect Themselves Against a Powerful Legal Weapon for Employers

The article discusses New York’s faithless servant doctrine, a forfeiture law that applies to disloyal employees, and how financial services firms use the doctrine to claw back compensation paid to fund managers who engage in criminal or other wrongful conduct. As courts struggle to apply the doctrine to the compensation structures of fund managers, those managers may seek to protect themselves from the doctrine through their employment contracts. More…

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — January 23, 2015

The question of climate change has been a contentious one – at least among politicians – which is why it is surprising whenever you can get a vote on the issue to garner the support of 98 of the Senate’s 100 members. This week, however, during the debate on the Keystone XL pipeline, that’s exactly what happened.

In the first floor vote on the facts of climate science in years, an amendment from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that stated that climate change is real and not a hoax passed with an astounding 98-1 tally. Even more shocking was that Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the Environment and Public Works Committee chair who relishes challenging climate scientists at every turn, signed on as a cosponsor. 

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Lovforslag om forenkling og modernisering af lejelovgivningen

Kort før jul (den 17. december 2014) fremsatte regeringen lovforslag om forenkling og modernisering af lejelovgivningen.Forslaget indeholder 11 elementer, der skal fremme og modernisere lejelovgivningen uden samlet at forrykke balancen mellem lejer og udlejers interesser.

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