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|Singapore Court Of Appeal Upholds Ruling on Legal Entitlement to Assets of Deposed Philippines Premier, Ferdinand E Marcos|
Annie Clarke, Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014In 1986, the President of the Philippines, Mr Ferdinand E. Marcos, was deposed by a non-violent coup later popularised as the ‘People Power Revolution’. During his tenure, Mr Marcos, his family and close associates are alleged to have illicitly looted public assets to amass a huge...
|UK Launches Money-Laundering Investigations In Relation To Stolen Egyptian Assets|
James Maton, Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 12, 2014The UK’s Attorney-General, Dominic Grieve QC, confirmed yesterday that in relation to efforts to repatriate Egypt’s stolen assets the UK has opened domestic money laundering investigations into individuals with significant UK assets. In response to a question posed by Mark Menzies MP in...
|New EU Commission Report Shows That Corruption within EU Member States Is “Breathtaking”|
Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014The European Commission published a report this week detailing the extent of corruption within EU Member States which was described as “breathtaking” by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. The report estimated that corruption costs the EU economy EUR 120 billion per year, a little less...
|Canada Initiates a Process to Ratify Three International Treaties on Trademarks|
Simon Lemay; Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.;
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 2014On January 27, 2014, the parliamentary secretary of the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs tabled five treaties in the House of Commons dealing with intellectual property, of which three relate to trademarks.
|Hong Kong SFC Urges Licensed Corporations to Comply With Applicable Foreign Laws Re: Cross-Border Marketing Activities|
Rob Bond, Anne-Marie Godfrey, Elaine Lee; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014In a further indication of the continuing focus of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) on compliance by licensed corporations with applicable marketing requirements, the Intermediaries Supervision Department of the SFC issued a circular to licensed corporations...
|French Blocking Statute: A Death Foretold?|
Ozan Akyurek; Jones Day;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 2014Originally enacted in response to a U.S. antitrust investigation into French shipping companies, the French Blocking Statute may soon live its last days.
|L&E Global Expands to Switzerland|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 10, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014L&E Global is pleased to announce that Zurich-based Schmid Heinzen Humbert Lerch (SHHL) is now a member of its international integrated alliance of employment law firms. L&E Global specializes in providing counsel to employers on employment, labor, workplace privacy, employee benefits and...
|UK Employment Arrangements: UK Publishes Proposed Tax Measures Against Dual Contracts|
Sullivan Cromwell LLP;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 5, 2014The UK government has published the draft legislation announced in December’s Autumn Statement to “end the abuse of dual contracts”. Dual contracts have in particular been used by employees resident, but not domiciled, in the United Kingdom to benefit from the UK’s...
|Fourth Circuit Holds That Defendant Can Be Guilty of Criminal Violation of Armed Export Control Act Even Without Specific Knowledge That the Exported Item Is a Regulated “Defense Article”|
John Staige Davis, Thomas B. McVey; Williams Mullen;
February 4, 2014, previously published on January 30, 2014To obtain a felony conviction under the Arms Export Control Act for “willfully” exporting “defense articles” without a license, must the government prove that the defendant knew the items in question were specifically subject to federal regulation?
|Why South Africa Should Not Be Graduated From AGOA|
Evelyn M. Suarez; Williams Mullen;
February 4, 2014, previously published on January 30, 2014With attention turned towards the renewal of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA), some have called for South Africa to be graduated from the duty preference program because of its well-developed infrastructure and labor force. Some have also raised the issue of certain non-tariff...