Country Comparative Guides

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The Legal 500’s Country Comparative Guides are produced in association with the World’s leading lawyers and give the in-house community a practical overview of the laws and regulations in key jurisdictions, for specific practice areas.

Each country chapter is written by a renowned firm in an easy to use Q&A format. The Hot Topic articles provide analysis of current trends and developments within particular practice areas, giving our readership a deeper understanding of pressing issues within the specified sector.

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Cyprus steams ahead with green, digital shipping vision

Scordis, Papapetrou & Co LLC

“Greener” and “Digitalized” future International maritime transport is the backbone of the global economy. In 2019 alone, eleven billion tons of seaborne trade were carried by ships weighing over 1000 gross tons (GT), which amounts to 80% and 70% of world trade by volume and value, respectively. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, ships continued to …

Beware of the DAO: what “breed” is it and when might liability bite?

Brown Rudnick LLP

Decentralized Autonomous Organisations (“DAOs”) [1] are software protocols first proposed as a means to automate corporate governance [2]. They are currently used by people to operate so-called DeFi (“decentralised finance”) protocols, among other things. DAOs are also used for a variety of other purposes, including running NFT projects and in some cases for philanthropic causes. …

Overview of the Hong Kong Fintech and Blockchain Landscape

Stevenson, Wong & Co

1. Overview of the Hong Kong Fintech and Blockchain Landscape The application of financial technology (“Fintech”) and distributed ledger technology (“DLT”) has been developing at an incredible speed in Hong Kong lately.  Ranging from the emergence of various virtual banks, e-Payment apps, Faster Payment System to regulated cryptocurrency funds and virtual assets exchange, as well …

Leaps of faith: searching for accountability in a trustless environment

Slaughter and May

In this article we look at two cases heard in 2022: Tulip Trading Ltd (TTL) v. Bitcoin Association for BSV and others; and D’Aloia v. (1) Persons Unknown (2) Binance Holdings Limited and others, and consider what they can tell us about the evolving relationship between blockchain, trust and accountability. In the beginning, there was …

Rise in Fintech Funds in the Cayman Islands

Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries

Rise in Fintech Funds in the Cayman Islands The Cayman Islands has been the leading offshore jurisdiction for the establishment of mutual funds and private funds for more than 30 years. Its’ phenomenal reputation has been due in part to the use of innovative legislation and the absence of taxation and exchange controls. This, together …

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Guides

Alternative Investment Funds

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Christopher D. Christian and Abigail Bell of Dechert LLP.

Aviation Finance & Leasing

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Paul Ng of Milbank.

Banking & Finance

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Benedikt Maurenbrecher of Homburger.

Blockchain

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Ben Kingsley and Duncan Blaikie of Slaughter and May.

Bribery & Corruption

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Joanna Ludlam of Baker McKenzie.

Cartels

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by William Turtle of Slaughter and May.

Competition Litigation

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Tom Cassels and Sarina Williams of Linklaters LLP.

Construction

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Jason N. Smith of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Corporate Governance

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Tom Rose of Macfarlanes LLP.

Corporate Immigration

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Jurga McCluskey and Melanie Carr of Deloitte Legal.

Data Protection & Cyber Security

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Keily Blair and Heather Sussman of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP.

Doing Business In

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Rachel Hossack of Deloitte Legal.

Employee Incentives

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Mahesh Varia of Travers Smith.

Employment & Labour Law

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Nicola Rabson of Linklaters LLP.

Energy – Oil & Gas

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Michael Burns of Ashurst.

Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Donna Newman of Stephenson Harwood.

Environment

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Paul Davies of Latham & Watkins LLP.

Fintech

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Chris Hill of Deloitte Legal.

Force Majeure

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Tom Cummins of Ashurst.

Franchise & Licensing

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by David Bond and Vicky Reinhardt of Fieldfisher.

Gambling Law

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Bahar Alaeddini of Harris Hagan.

Insurance & Reinsurance

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Katherine Coates of Clifford Chance.

Intellectual Property

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Gordon Harris and Mathilda Davidson of Gowling WLG.

International Arbitration

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Michael Polkinghorne and Kirsten Odynski of White & Case.

Lending & Secured Finance

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Dominic Griffiths of Mayer Brown.

Litigation

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Damian Taylor of Slaughter and May.

Merger Control

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Alex Nourry of Clifford Chance.

Mergers & Acquisitions

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Richard Hall of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Patent Litigation

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Nicola Dagg of Kirkland & Ellis.

Pharmaceutical Advertising

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Sally Shorthose of Bird & Bird.

Private Client

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Andrew Hine of Taylor Wessing LLP.

Private Equity

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by David Higgins and Carlos Gil Rivas of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Product Liability

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Kate Corby and John Leadley of Baker McKenzie.

Public Procurement

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Catherine Bingham of Dentons.

Real Estate

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by François Bonteil of Clifford Chance.

Renewable Energy

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Natasha Luther-Jones of DLA Piper UK LLP.

Restructuring & Insolvency

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Kon Asimacopoulos and Partha Kar of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Securitisation

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Guy O'Keefe of Slaughter and May.

Shipping

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Edward Gray of MFB Solicitors.

Tax

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Michael Anderson and Dr. Simon Whitehead of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP.

Tax Disputes

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Jason Collins of DLA Piper UK LLP.

TMT

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Kit Burden of DLA Piper UK LLP.

White Collar Crime

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Caroline Black and Richard Hodge of Dechert LLP.