Monthly Archives: July 2014

Multistate Tax Update — July 17, 2014

Wine tasting (and wine drinking, in general) has experienced a renaissance in recent years in the U.S. When you think of wine, you may inevitably think of regions of France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, and Germany, as well as Napa Valley in the U.S. But what about New York? A better question might be why not New York?

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Sleepless in the Saddle: Finding time to market when there’s no time to sleep

As I’m still out on holidays, I’m bringing you a fabulous guest post today from my friend, Chris Kirby, President of PCT Solutions.

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Over the more than 15 years I’ve been coaching and/or training attorneys and other professionals, perhaps the most consistent reason for not marketing is, “I don’t have time.” Whether the client is a monsoon maker or someone who is still looking forward to his first origination credit, they never seem to have time for business development.

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BC Court of Appeal considers validity of Conditional Donation made to Charity

In most situations, it’s clear when a charitable gift takes effect.  But in cases where the donor places a condition or restriction on a gift, it can be more difficult to determine when the gift became effective.  This was the issue before the British Columbia Court of Appeal in its recently released decision Norman Estate v. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada. In the case, the Court had to decide whether a conditional gift made to a registered charity was an inter vivos gift (meaning it took effect during the lifetime of the donors) or whether it was testamentary in nature (meaning the gift was only effective on the death of the donors).

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Canadian Cooperative Securities Regulator Gains Ground: Saskatchewan and New Brunswick join Ontario and British Columbia

By Nafeesa Valli-Hasha

On July 9, 2014, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick signed an agreement to participate with British Columbia, Ontario and the federal government to establish the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System, a common, self-funded securities regulator for participating jurisdictions in Canada. Together, the four participating provinces represent approximately 55% of the Canadian market capitalization1. This new regulator is scheduled to commence operations in Fall 2015, and draft legislation relating to this regulator is expected to be published by August 29, 20142.

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ILN Firm of the Month – McDonald Hopkins LLC, Ohio!

We’re excited to announce this month’s Firm of the Month, McDonald Hopkins LLC of Ohio!

 Member of the International Lawyers Network

The ILN is proud to announce our latest “Firm of the Month” – McDonald Hopkins LLC of Cleveland, Ohio!

Attorneys. Advisors. Advocates.
As a business advisory and advocacy law firm, McDonald Hopkins is focused on insightful legal solutions that help their clients strategically plan for an increasingly competitive future. The firm has 150 attorneys based in six strategic locations—Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach. For more than 80 years, McDonald Hopkins’ attorneys and professionals have been helping clients navigate some of the most challenging and timely issues—data privacy and cybersecurity; intellectual property; labor and employment; mergers and acquisitions; taxation; trade secret, non-compete and unfair competition practices; white collar and government compliance; and many more business and litigation topics. McDonald Hopkins: Attorney Insight. Business Foresight.®

McDonald Hopkins has a Washington, D.C.-based wholly-owned subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, which is led by distinguished former Congressman Steven LaTourette, who served nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is widely recognized for his bipartisan and solution oriented approach to complicated issues. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is not a law firm and does not provide legal services.

 

 

 

Full descriptions of McDonald Hopkins’  services, expertise, and lawyer profiles are available on their ILN profile.

 

Lindsay Griffiths
Director of Global Relationship Management
International Lawyers Network

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Main Contacts:

William O'Neill

William O’Neill

Chair, Litigation Department
Email
: woneill@mcdonaldhopkins.com
Telephone: +1 (216) 348-5755

Practice Groups:

  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Products Liability and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Carl Grassi

Carl Grassi

President
Email
cgrassi@mcdonaldhopkins.com
Telephone: +1 (216) 348-5448

Practice Groups:

  • Commercial Finance
  • ESOP Transactions
  • Succession Planning
  • Taxation

Alan Griffiths

McDonald Hopkins continually impresses us with their professionalism and expertise, as well as with their commitment to the ILN.

Alan Griffiths
Executive Director
International Lawyers Network

+001.201.594.9985

www.ilntoday.com

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Gadens appoints leading International Trade Partner in Melbourne

Gadens is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Hudson as a Partner in its Corporate Advisory Group in Melbourne. Joining the firm from Hunt & Hunt, where he was involved in the Customs, Trade and Transport practice for the last 10 years, Andrew specialises in all aspects relating to international trade, as well as international relations and corporate and commercial law.

“We are thrilled with Andrew’s decision to join Gadens. He is a well-respected leader in his field, and has worked and advised on many defining cases in international trade in Australia and globally. Andrew has also been a key player in policy and law reform for customs and trade issues. His appointment further strengthens our growing Corporate Advisory practice and profile, and provides our international clients with an enhanced offering”, says Grant Scott-Hayward, Gadens’ Melbourne Chief Executive Officer. More…

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Union Budget 2014 – 15: Key Highlights in Education and Changes in Foreign Direct Investment

The Union Budget 2014-15 was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament on July 10, 2014. Here are some of the key highlights of the Budget relating to the education sector and to foreign direct investments in India:

Education – Waiver of Service Tax Exemption:

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SNAPCHAT SETTLES FTC CHARGES ALLEGING FALSE PROMISES OF DISAPPEARING MESSAGES AND FAILURE TO PROTECT CONSUMER DATA

Snapchat, the developer of a popular mobile messaging app, settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that its promises of “disappearing messages” were false and that it transmitted users’ locations and collected their address books without providing notice to users or obtaining their consent. More…

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Appointment of Independent Directors under the Companies Act, 2013

In terms of the recently enforced Companies Act, 2013 (“CA13”), read with the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014, listed public companies and certain unlisted public companies are required to appoint independent directors in accordance with CA13 (please refer to our newsletter of May 19, 2014).

An ‘independent director’ in relation to a company, means a director other than a (i) managing director, or a (ii) whole-time director, or a (iii) nominee director:

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Significant Changes to Canada’s Trademark Regime

Earlier this year, the Canadian government introduced the most significant changes in 50 years to the Trade-marks Act by way of an Omnibus Budget Implementation Bill (Bill C-31, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1). While many of these changes are purely technical, several will have direct bearing on how you must manage your trademarks or how your competitors may challenge your use of certain distinctive elements of your firm’s image.

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