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Post Panama

Once the initial furore over the “Panama papers” has died down, a sober analysis will undoubtedly reveal that, whilst there will have been many examples of undisclosed or illegal arrangements, there will equally have been many clients of Mossack Fonseca whose affairs were perfectly compliant and who had valid reasons for setting up offshore companies or structures.  What lessons should we draw for the future?

Confidentiality

One reason individuals may have set up offshore structures is for confidentiality, particularly where their jurisdiction of origin is unstable or anarchic.  The first lesson of Panama is that confidentiality will be an increasingly rare commodity in the future.  Leaving aside unauthorised leaks, there is an inexorable pressure from the UK Government, the EU, the OECD and so on for greater transparency.

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Lease extensions of flats on a sale – what to tell your clients

When tenants first acquired the right to extend their flat leases under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (Act), there was a perception that this was not as attractive as the other right created by the Act, to collectively acquire the freehold title to the building in which the flats are situated.  However, lease extension claims are generally quicker, simpler and the right is more readily available than the right to collectively enfranchise.

A lease is generally marketable (i.e. a bank will lend against the interest) if it is for 80 years or more. It is not uncommon, particularly in Prime Central London, for flats to be sold on leases of under 80 years.  Accordingly, it is important that the agents are aware that the statutory right to extend the lease exists and how and when that right can be exercised so dealing with the extension can be dealt with at the Heads of Terms stage.

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Aktindsigt i interne arbejdsdokumenter

Udgangspunktet for aktindsigt er med den nye offentlighedslov, at stort set alt skal være tilgængeligt for offentligheden. De to praktiske undtagelser er de interne arbejdsdokumenter, som myndighederne udfærdiger og/eller udveksler i enheden samt følsomme oplysninger om personlige og/eller økonomiske forhold.

Ombudsmanden har i en udtalelse behandlet spørgsmålet, om interne arbejdsdokumenter, der som udgangspunkt er undtaget aktindsigt, kunne forblive sådanne, når det interne arbejdsdokument indgik i en sag omfattet af Miljøoplysningsloven. 

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Chad E. Oswald Graduating from Bar Leader Series Class of XIII

Congratulations to Chad E. Oswald on graduating from Bar Leader Series Class of XIII.  The IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series develops lawyers for future opportunities in leadership roles in the business and legal communities. Through the Bar Leader Series, participants learn what it means to be a leader, gain insight vital to leaders in our community and learn how to communicate, motivate, inspire and succeed not only in their law career, but also in service to professional, political, judicial, civic and community organizations.

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Howard & Howard welcomes Andrew (Jake) Grove

Royal Oak, Michigan, May 25, 2016:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Andrew (Jake) Grove has joined the firm.  He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Jake Grove, who concentrates his practice in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets matters, brings nearly 27 years of experience in intellectual property law, including several assignments as lead counsel in complex IP litigation matters for some of the largest companies in the world. Grove has experience preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications with an emphasis on mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies and assists clients in finding cost-effective resolutions to patent troll attacks. One of the premier IP litigators and IP law thought leaders in the area, Grove has a long-term professorship at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, several published works including a student case book on patent law, and is a regular speaker at a wide variety of conferences.

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Daria Pustilnik Named to 211 Board of Directors

Daria Pustilnik, a business litigation associate in our West Palm Beach office, was named a member of the 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Board of Directors. 211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment and referral to community services for people of all ages.

211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast provides services for individuals and families living in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. Calls are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

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Robert Rodriguez Joins Intellectual Property Practice Group in West Palm Beach

Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Rodriguez to its Intellectual Property Practice Group in West Palm Beach.

Rodriguez is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. He handles patent, trademark and copyright litigation matters and serves businesses and individuals in procuring and protecting their intellectual property. Rodriguez prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for a wide range of technologies, including wireless communications, computer networking, cloud computing, software applications, electrical circuits and business methods.

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Shutts & Bowen Growth Boosts Its Am Law Ranking

Record revenues of $147 million boosted Florida business law firm Shutts & Bowen LLP seven spots in The Am Law 200 ranking, rising to Number 168, with revenues of $147 million and more than 270 attorneys throughout Florida.

“Revenue increased 8 percent in 2015, with matters coming to the firm being increasingly larger and more sophisticated,” Executive Committee Chairman Bowman Brown said.

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Trusts & Estates Attorney Robin King joins the firm’s West Palm Beach office

The West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen recently welcomed Robin King as a partner in the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group.

An AV-preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Robin concentrates her practice in estate planning guardianship, probate and trust administration. She has experience in working with LGBT families on all types of estate planning issues and also drafts pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

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