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Antitrust/competition Matthew Readings, David Higbee
Capital markets – the Americas Jonathan DeSantis
Compensation, governance and ERISA Doreen Lilienfeld
Corporate governance Stephen Giove, Doreen Lilienfeld, Clare O'Brien
Derivatives and structured products Donna Parisi, Patrick Clancy
Emerging growth Matt Lyons, Carmelo Gordian, Alan Bickerstaff
Finance – US Maura O'Sullivan, Ronan Wickes
Financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory Barney Reynolds
Financial restructuring and insolvency Fredric Sosnick
Intellectual property transactions Jordan Altman
International arbitration Emmanuel Gaillard
International trade and investment Robert LaRussa
Investment funds Laura Friedrich
Litigation Adam Hakki, Patrick Robbins, Richard Schwed
Mergers and acquisitions George Casey, Scott Petepiece
Privacy and data protection Jeewon Kim Serrato
Private capital Scott Petepiece, Gus Atiyah, Joshua Thompson, Brien Wassner
Project development and finance Gregory Tan
Public international law Yas Banifatemi
Real estate Malcolm Montgomery
Sustainable development Robert Freedman, Patricia Hammes
Tax Laurence Crouch, Michael Shulman
Antitrust David Higbee, Matthew Readings
Capital Markets JD DeSantis
Compensation, Governance & ERISA Doreen Lilienfeld
Derivatives & Structured Products Azam Aziz, Donna Parisi
Emerging Growth J. Matthew Lyons
Finance Maura O'Sullivan
Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Barney Reynolds
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Fredric Sosnick
Intellectual Property Transactions
International Arbitration
Investment Funds
Fintech Donna Parisi
Mergers & Acquisitions George Casey, Scott Petepiece
Privacy & Data Protection Emma Maconick
Private Client C. Jones Perry, Anna Salek
Project Development & Finance Gregory Tan
Public International Law
Real Estate

Latin America

Antitrust Jessica K Delbaum
Investment funds Laura S Friedrich, Sean Finely
Capital markets and M&A Antonia E Stolper, Stuart Fleischmann, Manuel Orillac, Jeremy Kutner, George Karafotias, Rory O'Halloran, Jonathan Kellner, Clare O'Brien, Robert Ellison, George Casey, Grissel Mercado
Financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory Russell D Sacks, Thomas Donegan
International arbitration Christopher M Ryan, Henry Weisburg, Jonathan Greenblatt, Ximena Herrera-Bernal
Litigation Philip E Urofsky, Jerome Fortinsky, Stephen Fishbein, John Nathanson, Brian Burke
Bank finance Denise M Grant
Project development and finance Gregory Tan, Cynthia Urda Kassis, Robert Freedman, Howard Steinberg, Alexandro Padres
Real estate Malcolm K Montgomery, Lisa Brill


Capital markets Domenico Fanuele, Fabio Fauceglia, Tobia Croff
General corporate, M&A and private equity Domenico Fanuele, Fabio Fauceglia, Tobia Croff
Finance and restructuring Valerio Fontanesi
Antitrust Paolisa Nebbia
Litigation Alessandro Salvador, Bruno Guido Visentini

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  • Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .
  • Renewable energy in Ukraine: green auctions launched

    In the first half of 2019 alone, renewable energy facilities with a capacity of more than 1.5 GW were connected to the Ukrainian grid, with about 96% of those being solar and wind energy facilities. In the whole of 2018, which has been a record-breaking year so far, numbers were almost half as high. The Ukrainian market also remains very attractive to foreign investors, not least because of the lucrative feed-in tariff rates, which are paid out regularly. Now, after the adoption of the so-called law on green auctions, significant changes can be expected.
  • Economic Substance Requirements - Fund Managers

    The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 (the “ES Law”) came into effect in the Cayman Islands on 1 January 2019, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in the Cayman Islands.
  • Shipping at the spotlight of terrorism

    Is terrorism the new norm for shipping?
  • Adidas three stripe Trademark Revocation

    In a judgment of the General Court of the European Union of the 19th June 2019, Adidas saw their hopes of extending their three stripes trademark dashed, as the court ruled that there was no distinctiveness in the three stripes trademark. Furthermore, the court held that the Adidas had failed to prove that the mark had acquired distinctive character through use throughout the member states of the EU.
  • David against Goliath – Libra vs Central Banks: Who will win?

    Working in the crypto and DLT space is like being on an emotional rollercoaster with feelings which range from curiosity, excitement, euphoria, revelation, shock, disappointment, hope, wonder and determination – did I miss any?
  • UK Telecoms company fined £100K over unsolicited marketing messages

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) which is the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, recently issued a fine of £100,000 to EE Limited, a telecoms company operating in the UK. The fine was issued in response to EE Limited having sent two and a half million unsolicited direct marketing messages to its customers, back in early 2018. The direct marketing messages were sent without EE Limited having first obtained the required consent to send them to its clients.
  • British Airways and Marriott International Inc. face huge fines from UK data protection authority

    British Airways (‘BA’) may be hit with what will be the highest-ever penalty which the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, has handed out.
  • UAE Tax domicile certificate

    Issued by the Ministry of Finance in the United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’), the Tax Domicile Certificate (also referred to as the Tax Residency Certificate) enables eligible government entities, companies and individuals to take advantage of double taxation avoidance agreements on income signed by the UAE.
  • The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017

    The following information relates to the enactment of The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 (" DPL "), which was expected to come into force on 29 January 2019, will now come into force in September 2019. The DPL will regulate the future processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands.