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Noah Sarna

Subjecting transfers of beneficial ownership to property transfer tax is not as simple as it might seem

Corporate Tax - Canada
Thorsteinssons LLP

The British Columbia Property Transfer Tax Act applies only to registered transfers of real property.

Kwan T Loh

Don't let your brand go to pot: what cannabis brand owners need to know

Intellectual Property - Canada
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

The federal government is moving quickly towards legalising the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes.

Costas Stamatiou

Department of Merchant Shipping transformed into deputy ministry

Shipping & Transport - Cyprus
Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

The Department of Merchant Shipping has announced that it will be a deputy ministry with effect from March 1 2018 and be renamed the Deputy Ministry of Shipping, following the entry into force of the Establishment of a Deputy Ministry of Shipping and Appointment of a Deputy Minister of Shipping and for Matters Connected Therewith Law 2017.

Jonathan Culshaw

Important changes to regulations and compliance for investment funds

Private Client & Offshore Services - Cayman Islands
Harney Westwood & Riegels LLP

The recent changes that have been made to the anti-money laundering regime will bring the Cayman Islands into line with international best practice and are a welcome update to the territory's financial services landscape.

Brian D Hirshberg

SEC grants principles-based Section 3(c)(5)(C) relief

Capital Markets - USA
Morrison & Foerster LLP

In a recent principles-based grant of relief, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) focused on the business activities of the particular issuer, instead of whether a particular asset is a qualifying asset, in determining the availability of the Section 3(c)(5)(C) exemption.

Mattijs Baneke

Renewable energy subsidies renewed

Energy & Natural Resources - Netherlands
Stek Advocaten BV

The minister of economic affairs and climate recently announced that the new government has reserved €12 billion to grant subsidies in 2018 for the production of renewable energy under the Renewable Energy Grant Scheme.



Three’s a crowd? Third-party arbitration funding

Arbitration & ADR / Canada, Cyprus, Greece, India, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom


Uber-complex: regulating ride-hail services

Shipping & Transport / Finland, USA


Competition and antitrust in the digital age

Competition & Antitrust / Bulgaria, Czech Republic, European Union, Hungary, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey