Monthly Archives: May 2014

ILN-terviews: Johan Sund, Ekenberg & Andersson

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose an ILN member who I had dinner with yesterday evening, Johan Sund of our member firm, Ekenberg & Andersson in Sweden!

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Solving problems for clients in an international environment.

Who would be your typical client?
A small or mid-sized company looking to expand its business.

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Challenging times for wills

For many would-be inheritors, matters of inheritance matter!  Will Aid’s 2012 survey revealed that:
  • 60% of 18-24 year olds would use an inheritance to buy a home;
  • 48% of 35-44 year olds would repay their mortgage; and
  • 40% of 45-54 year olds would use an inheritance to provide a pension.

The reliance upon inheritances is borne out by anecdotal evidence from some of my financial adviser friends.  Adult children are factoring in their expected inheritance when assessing their future financial security and making plans.  These days, some children cannot afford not to inherit. 

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Challenging times for wills

For many would-be inheritors, matters of inheritance matter!  Will Aid’s 2012 survey revealed that:
  • 60% of 18-24 year olds would use an inheritance to buy a home;
  • 48% of 35-44 year olds would repay their mortgage; and
  • 40% of 45-54 year olds would use an inheritance to provide a pension.

The reliance upon inheritances is borne out by anecdotal evidence from some of my financial adviser friends.  Adult children are factoring in their expected inheritance when assessing their future financial security and making plans.  These days, some children cannot afford not to inherit. 

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DAVIS MALM EARNS PRESTIGIOUS 2014 CHAMBERS USA RANKINGS

On May 23, Chambers USA released its 2014 rankings and recognized Davis Malm as one of the leading firms in the nation. Five of the firm’s attorneys and its Employment Practice are included in the directory. Davis Malm was chosen for its strength and representation of both employees and employers in the Labor and Employment area. Sources from Chambers say, “They’ve built a reputation in the Boston market for being prepared to litigate cases thoroughly and to advocate the client’s interests exhaustively, but also a willingness to seek pragmatic resolution.”

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Multistate Tax Update — May 22, 2014

Last month, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (CBECouncil) published its annual Small Business Tax Index 2014 (the Index), an index to rank the condition of state tax systems from best to worst for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The CBECouncil found that states such as North Carolina, North Dakota, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Indiana had notably improved their tax climates. However, none of these improved states made CBECouncil’s top 10.

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EB-5 on the rise in retail, mixed-use projects

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Ronald Fieldstone contributed to a May 5 article for Law360 titled, “EB-5 On The Rise In Retail, Mixed-Use Projects.” The article discusses the popularity of the EB-5 program in retail and mixed-use projects. This program has become so popular in recent years because it has become a way to bridge the financial gap many developers experienced. To read this article in full, please click here.

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Choosing Your Law Firm in Russia: What Chinese Investors Are Looking For?

As the world is observing the fruitful development of Sino-Russian trade and economic relations, more and more Chinese investors turn to search for legal representation in Russia. New trend brings forward the question: what are the Chinese investors looking for in their advisor of choice?

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A Look at the Construction Contractors Bill 2011

Did you know that according to the Construction Contractors Bill, any unlicensed person performing construction shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of ten thousand ($10,000.00) or imprisonment; or to both?” This is only one of the many new penalties the bill seeks to address in an attempt to ensure regulation with the industry. For far too long, contractors, especially building contractors, were providing shoddy work to the unassuming homeowner without any short term recourse. The Construction Contractors Bill is intended to act as a catalyst for change in the way contractors approach openness and manage their affairs. The Bill is designed to protect both contactors and consumers. It is intended to cover all construction disciplines ranging from electrical contractors to road contractors. More…

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CMS Proposed Revisions to Meaningful Use – Welcome Delay

In response to numerous industry complaints that hospitals and provider groups will not be able to implement the 2014 certified EHR technology with enough time to meet meaningful use in 2014, CMS has issued proposed revisions extending Stage 2 reporting.  CMS, recognizing that EPs and hospitals are either using 2011 CEHRT, 2014 CEHRT, or a […]
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Wondering Wednesdays: LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform – Yay or Nay?

We’re back with our latest edition of Wondering Wednesdays, in which I give my thoughts on LinkedIn’s new publishing platform.

I’m still on the fence about whether or not it’s beneficial to invest any effort into the platform – it would make sense if we were still in the early days of social media and blogging, but not when so many people are already established bloggers.  But there may be some opportunities for engagement there that don’t exist through your blog. 

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