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International Lawyers Network

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 66 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 30 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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There are big changes coming for post-data breach protections

Important consumer protection requirements designed to better safeguard consumers from identity theft in the wake of data breaches have recently been enacted, and businesses should take note.

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Beware of partial and elliptical disclosures to stockholders in M&A transactions

Recent developments in a lawsuit against a Delaware grocery store chain serve as a prime example of why you should beware of partial and elliptical disclosures to stockholders in M&A transactions.

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Does The Labor Day Holiday’s Mattress Sale Weekend Warrant a Temporary Restraining Order?

No.

The owner of the TEMPUR-PEDIC bedding brand (“Plaintiff”) has sued a number of defendants, including a former retailer as well as the owner of the THERAPEDIC bedding brand.  Through that lawsuit, Plaintiff seeks to enjoin sales of the THERAPEDIC bedding.

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Restrictions in lease agreements: Competition law matters

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has settled a competition law investigation into its lease agreement with a hotel operator, Arora.[1]  The settlement was reached on the basis that HAL accepted it had breached the competition law rules, paid a fine of £1.6 million, and removed the offending restriction.  Arora also admitted the breach, but escaped any financial sanction as it was granted leniency for bringing the matter to the CMA’s attention in the first instance.

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Talking Tax – Issue 134

Case law

Unexplained loans and income tax assessment

In Hourigan and Commissioner of Taxation (Taxation) [2018] AATA 3369 an individual taxpayer was partially successful in proving amended assessments were excessive, having contended that various unexplained bank deposits were predominantly received as loans from his father.

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Heavy Vehicle National Law reform – will you be impacted?

From 1 October 2018, a number of amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will come into effect that significantly impact existing ‘chain of responsibility’ (CoR) duties and the overall regulatory framework.

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ICOs in ASIC’s firing-line

ASIC issued a media release yesterday in respect of their recent activity against ICOs. ASIC’s actions are in-line with its Corporate Plan where it noted that monitoring and regulating ICOs and cryptocurrency were going to be an area of focus.

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Renunciation of Tenant’s Right to a New Tenancy

This article aims to provide important information for commercial landlords and tenants in relation to a tenant renouncing his statutory right to a new tenancy, including changes in that area of law and issues arising.

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Jordan Koss joins McDonald Hopkins in Chicago office

CHICAGO – Jordan Koss has joined the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member and will be the head of the firm’s startup and venture capital group. He comes to McDonald Hopkins from goodcounsel LLC, a top boutique firm in Chicago focused on early stage startup representation, with prior experience at Fenwick & West in San Francisco and Kirkland & Ellis in New York.

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Plan Sponsors and Participating Employers: Executive Order May Be a Gift

President Trump’s recently issued Executive Order entitled “Strengthening Retirement Security In America” (the “EO”) may be helpful to businesses that sponsor or participate in multiple employer retirement plans (“MEPs”), as well as single employer plans, even if the sponsors and employers are not small business owners. While the stated purpose of the EO, which was issued on August 31, 2018 (the “EO Date”), is to “promote retirement security for America’s workers,” the EO directs attention to small business owners (less than 100 employees), noting that such businesses are less likely than larger businesses to offer retirement benefits. The EO also notes that regulatory burdens and complexity can be costly and discourage businesses, especially small ones, from offering retirement plans to employees. This post summarizes the four actions identified in the EO that the Federal Government may take to promote retirement security. While these actions are intended to benefit small businesses, large businesses that participate may benefit as well.

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