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Social Media and Data Privacy Challenges Associated with Financial Technology (FinTech) Innovation
by / on 20/02/2018 at 16:00 / in Best Lawyers®

Social Media and Data Privacy Challenges Associated with Financial Technology (FinTech) Innovation

FinTech and Its Impact in the U.K. Market FinTech companies use finance and technology in efficient ways that will disrupt traditional financial models used in financial services. The U.K. FinTech industry is experiencing tremendous growth, and according to the U.K. government, the FinTech sector generated around £6.6 billion in revenue in 2015 with a workforce of over 60,000, meaning that more are […]

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Buy American, Hire American Takes Its Toll on Business Immigration
by / on 13/02/2018 at 15:00 / in Best Lawyers®

Buy American, Hire American Takes Its Toll on Business Immigration

Although 2017 saw no major immigration legislation, the Trump administration has nevertheless had a major impact on immigration through executive order and adjudication. The travel ban, termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), deportation, and chain immigration generated headlines and widespread attention. More quietly, similar changes were occurring in the area of business immigration under the policy of Buy American, […]

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H-1B Visas: Limits and Alternatives
by / on 30/01/2018 at 15:00 / in Best Lawyers®

H-1B Visas: Limits and Alternatives

For many U.S. employers, the new year means the beginning of H-1B cap season. Between now and what will likely be a brief filing window at the beginning of April, employers will assess their 2018 hiring needs and determine whether they have existing U.S.-based employees who will require an H-1B visa to continue working in the United States or foreign-based employees […]

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South African “Law Firm of the Year”: Norton Rose Fulbright
by / on 11/12/2017 at 11:30 / in Best Lawyers®

South African “Law Firm of the Year”: Norton Rose Fulbright

A Q&A with Maria Philippides and Craig Woolley of South Africa “Law Firm of the Year” Norton Rose Fulbright. What achievements in the last year do you think led to Norton Rose Fulbright being named a “Law Firm of the Year” for insurance law? Norton Rose Fulbright has a national footprint, with offices in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town and […]

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Digital Economy vs. Permanent Establishment
by / on 30/11/2017 at 15:00 / in Best Lawyers®

Digital Economy vs. Permanent Establishment

It is a well-known fact that many large technology companies use complex multinational corporate structures in order to transfer their profits to low-taxation territories, ultimately resulting in a loss to the public purse. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this circumstance affects not only the environment of large companies in the technology sector, but also all those companies—large-, small-, or medium-sized—operating in the digital […]

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Fintech Law: A Dynamic Space
by / on 22/11/2017 at 20:15 / in Best Lawyers®

Fintech Law: A Dynamic Space

For many years, banks have partnered with Fintech companies to offer online loans to consumers. Some of these bank partnerships have been challenged by consumer advocates through so-called “true lender” litigation in state and federal courts, by state regulators, and through criminal prosecutions. The crux of the true lender challenge is that, at the time a loan is originated, the […]

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Q&A with Andrew Smulian of Akerman
by / on 12/11/2017 at 20:00 / in Best Lawyers®

Q&A with Andrew Smulian of Akerman

A Q&A with Advisory Board member Andrew Smulian at Akerman. What is your typical day like? There are three or four components that make up the different activities in my day. One is to deal with firm strategy, which has various aspects. The second is driving growth: growth in geographical terms, growth in practice area terms, furtherance of our client work, […]

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Renewable Energy Projects Meet an Unlikely Opponent: Environmentalists
by / on 07/11/2017 at 13:50 / in Best Lawyers®

Renewable Energy Projects Meet an Unlikely Opponent: Environmentalists

One of the hottest areas in the energy sector has been renewable energy development. Producers have found ways to increase efficiency for renewable energy production, prices for equipment continue to fall, and state and federal incentives continue to bolster the burgeoning industry. Even the recent decision by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Paris Accord has done little to […]

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New European Unitary Patent Is Not-So-Wonderful
by / on 17/10/2017 at 08:00 / in Best Lawyers®

New European Unitary Patent Is Not-So-Wonderful

The European Patent Office announced on December 11, 2012, that it welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of regulations creating the “unitary patent” and a Unified Patent Court, according to the vision of the founding fathers of the EPO to create a truly “supranational patent system,” strengthening Europe’s competitiveness. One of the regulations created a “European patent with unitary effect” for […]

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Look for Carrots to Promote Diversity
by / on 02/10/2017 at 10:45 / in Best Lawyers®

Look for Carrots to Promote Diversity

Over the last several months, there have been numerous articles and several presentations with the same message: American corporations’ and law firms’ considerable efforts to achieve and sustain a diverse workforce have not realized their hoped-for results. In fact, the representation of women and minorities in leadership positions has decreased over recent years. While there is no simple explanation, it […]

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