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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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Dress Codes at Work: increasingly relaxed or more contentious than ever?

Work dress codes appear, to this writer at least, to be somewhat more relaxed today than was the case 20 years ago, or even as recently as five years ago, when Swiss financial services giant UBS was widely ridiculed for having issued to staff a dress code 44 pages long. This more relaxed approach may be down to a variety of factors, such as a greater tolerance of personal expression, the blurring of boundaries between home and work in these days of “agile working”, and/or the example set by high profile hoodie/T-shirt-wearing dot.com billionaires.

And yet, work dress codes have been much in the news this year.

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Cut from the right cloth?

Recent board moves have reignited the discussion in relation to the composition of luxury fashion brand boards. In June of this year, Alexander Wang, Creative Director of the eponymous label he launched in 2005, added the roles of Chief Executive and Chairman to his list of responsibilities. Meanwhile, just a few weeks later, Burberry moved in the opposite direction, when it announced that Christopher Bailey, its Chief Executive Officer, was to hand over control of the company’s day-to-day management as part of a board overhaul prompted by criticism from investors. Luxury goods veteran Marco Gobbetti is to take over from Bailey as Chief Executive, whilst Bailey will become President, alongside his existing role of Chief Creative Officer.

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How to follow USCIS policy when investor is a minor

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Ronald Fieldstone

Ronald R. Fieldstone

There has been a lot of recent discussion on an investment by a minor and how it is treated by USCIS, in addition to the corporate issues related. The key factors to be considered are the following:

  1. A minor can be an investor. This was verbally confirmed by one of the Deputies of USCIS to me personally at the Miami Stakeholders Meeting on July 28, 2016.
  2. The key component of a minor Subscriber is USCIS’s concern that the investment is not voidable or void.
  3. Generally, the state law stated in the Subscription Agreement and/or Operating Agreement would apply as to what law would determine the enforceability of the investment contract. This will be discussed below. Independently, I checked with Chinese counsel who acknowledged that a minor is generally under the age of 18 and that a parent can sign for a minor as a guardian providing there is proof of the parent’s capacity.
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Russian Federal tax service issued a review of court practice on registration of legal entities

The Federal tax service (hereinafter – the “FNS”) in its letter1 dated 04 July 2016 analyzed court cases related to the activities of registering bodies (hereinafter – the “Review”). This time FNS focused on the issues of proper introduction of various records pertaining to legal entities’ corporate status in the state register of legal entities (hereinafter – the “EGRUL”).

Key issues the FNS draws attention, confirming its position with conclusions in the case law, can be summarized as follows:

  • For the purposes of making amendments to EGRUL with regards to withdrawal of a company member from the company, it is improper to indicate in the application (under form Р14001) “entering record on new participant” as a reason of entering changes. Entering record on termination of former participant is required instead, as well as filling in, among others, page “З” featuring data on the amount of shares, belonging to the company, in the company’s charter capital.
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The surrogacy debate in India

“The parents construct the child biologically, while the child constructs the parents socially.”

Law Commission of India, Report No. 228, August 2009

Surrogacy, understood universally, as also defined in the Indian National Guidelines for regulation of IVF clinics (“National Guidelines”), means:

“an arrangement in which a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy that is genetically  unrelated to her and her husband, with the intention to carry it to term and hand over the child to the genetic parents for whom she is acting as a surrogate”.

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Gläubigerversammlung der Pohland Herrenkleidung positiv verlaufen

Köln, 20. September 2016. Heute fand die Gläubigerversammlung der Pohland Herrenkleidung GmbH & Co KG statt. Die Gläubigerversammlung unterstützt das Insolvenzplanvorhaben. Die Unternehmensfortführung läuft wie geplant.

„Wir sind sehr zufrieden mit dem Verlauf der Gläubigerversammlung“, sagt Rechtsanwältin Dr. Bettina E. Breitenbücher von der bundesweit tätigen Kanzlei KÜBLER, die Pohland mit ihrem Team beratend zur Seite steht. „Die Gläubiger unterstützen das Insolvenzplanverfahren, was für den erfolgreichen Verlauf des Insolvenzverfahrens unabdingbar ist.“

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QUIW Networking Event

HOMS Solicitors enjoyed hosting the invitation only evening Quarterly in the West (QUIW) networking event at the Strand Hotel, Limerick on Thursday 8th September 2016. The event was hosted to encourage engagement and transaction flow by bringing together people involved in the M&A and corporate finance community, including corporate banking, venture capital and private equity investors, corporate finance advisors, accountants, corporate lawyers and other stakeholders.

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Contributed to a property purchase? Here’s how to protect your investment

Buying a property is often the biggest investment a person will make in their lifetime.  It therefore stands to reason that people want to ensure that their investment is protected.  The recent case of Haque v Raja[1]provides a reminder that, if you don’t appear on the title of a registered property that you’ve contributed to and you don’t live in it as well, you must protect your interest.Ownership of a property may be divided into the ‘legal’ ownership and the ‘beneficial’ ownership.  The legal owner is the person (or persons) recorded as owning the title of the property at the Land Registry (most properties are registered these days), while the beneficial owner is the person (or persons) having the benefit of the property.  While often the same people have both the legal and beneficial ownership, there may be circumstances where the position is less straightforward.

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RSS has added to its strength!

September 21, 2016 — As part of its continuing expansion to better serve its clients, RSS is pleased to announce that it has added the following lawyers to its team during the summer:

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Client Feedback – Scary but Necessary

Today, Rainmaking expert and coach, Jaimie Field, is talking about something that I think many of us avoid – client feedback. But it’s important, because a happy client stays a client. Read on to find out what she means.


One of the scariest things to do is ask a client “how am I doing as your lawyer?”

Yet, that feedback, good or bad, is something you need to obtain so that you can get better at what you do.

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