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Northern Rock: the Final Chapter …Well Maybe

By: Ainsley Brown The shareholders of Northern Rock, lead by hedge funds SRM Global and RAB Capital, have lost their judicial review appeal at the Court of Appeal this week. This ruling should end the saga of the shareholders´ attempting to use human rights law in order to gain – to their mind – just…

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2015 Rugby World Cup Goes To England

By: Ainsley Brown This is a follow up to Rugby World Cup: England 2015? The largest rugby competition is going home back to England where the sweet sweet game began – so says the International Rugby Board (IRB). If you cannot tell already well let me confess or should I say profess my love for…

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Anti-Dumping Investigations Rose Last Year

By: Ainsley Brown Anti-dumping investigations rose by more than 25% in 2008 over the previous year, says the World Trade Organization (WTO). The 2008 numbers, 208 in total, are to be contrasted with the peak of 366 in 2001 and the eleven year low of 2007 of only 163. It will be interesting to see…

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Litigation…..A New Investment Vehicle?

By: Ainsley Brown It is unquestionable that litigation is big business for lawyers, especially in complex commercial matters. The billable hours that can be racked up can be astonishing – and unlike popular belief is not largely due to an over inflation in the billing procedures of lawyers, though no doubt this can be an…

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Vulture, Tigers And Lions: New African Development Bank Legal Support Facility Set Ambitious Goals.

By: Ainsley Brown The African Development Bank (AfDB) has engineered a legal support wing charged with the responsibility of evening out the imbalance in legal expertise that many African nations face when negotiating complex commercial transactions. It will also serve as a necessary firewall for these nations by providing top notch legal advocacy when facing…

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L´Oreal Found Guilty Of Racial Discrimination

By: Ainsley Brown This is part of the Middle Passage Law Series and is cross posted on Law Is Cool. Now I know I have not posted a piece in this series in quite some time and for that I apologize – I have no excuse. It may seem that I am either picking on…

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Does The Future Of The Revised US-Swiss Double Taxation Treaty Depend On The Outcome Of The UBS Case?

By: Ainsley Brown UBS, the world´s largest wealth manager, has found itself embroiled in a diplomatic row between Washington and Bern. At issue is the interpretation of the current US-Swiss double taxation treaty and at stake is the newly inked, yet to be ratified, revised US-Swiss double taxation treaty. Does the future of the revised…

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Innovation may just be the solution

By Charles Wanguhu In many international forums the developed nations are always pushed to provide more aid in the fight against poverty. Several reviews on the effectiveness of aid have proved time and time again its ineffectiveness in poverty eradication. The latter has led to current aid driven projects to often try and include sustainability…

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GreenTech War: Japan, China, Lithium, Batteries and Bolivia

By: Ainsley Brown A potential GreenTech war is brewing between Japan and China, location Bolivia. The salt flats of Bolivia´s Salar De Uyuni, where most recent James Bond movie was shot (Quantum of Solace) seems like the most unlikely place for  a green technology war, much less one between Japan  and China.  However, it very…

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Australian Securities Regulators In Policy Quandary

By: Ainsley Brown The question that faces Australian securities regulators is what to do about two or more Chinese state owned enterprises together owing substantial shareholdings in an Australian company? At first blush it would appear that this is a case of China take over fear, however there is much more to the story than…

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