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Modernisation of Dubai free zone regulations

by DLA Piper on

The Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA), formerly known as the Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone Authority or TECOM, which is the free zone authority with jurisdiction over nine Dubai Creative Cluster (DCC) free zones,...more

ML Strategies Alert - FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

Local Government in the Crosshairs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While Washington’s promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure program is providing a distraction, a closer examination reveals localities and local infrastructure are under attack across the board. The assault on local...more

Ukraine aerospace and technology industry

by DLA Piper on

“The Aerospace and Techology sector capabilities make it one of Ukraine’s largest potential export sectors and economic drivers. The primary goals are connecting the industry with 21st century processes already developed and...more

Forum on China Africa Cooperation

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The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is an official forum between the People’s Republic of China and the states in Africa. FOCAC holds a Ministerial conference every three years and holds a Summit every nine years....more

The ReSET – The Racial Wealth Divide in Baltimore

The Center for Enterprise Development, with support from JP Morgan Chase, published a study on the racial wealth divide in Baltimore. Baltimore is hardly alone in struggling with the challenges of wealth inequality which,...more

John Warner: Building Global Bridges

by Hogan Lovells on

Our firm derives its strength from its people. They make us who we are. They shape the way we are perceived. And, by finding common ground where others see difference, our people often help shape the world. Take...more

Journalists Ponder Future of U.S. Cuba Relations

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Journalists who cover United States Cuba relations are hopeful but mystified by the potential for improvement under the Trump administration, according to a report from the Miami Herald. Journalists spoke on a panel titled,...more

Amended Ordinance Expands Boston Residents Job Policy for Certain Projects in the City of Boston and Provides for Sanctions...

In response to the third largest construction boom in Boston’s history, on November 28, 2016 Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a proposal to increase employment standards for the Boston Residents Jobs Policy (“BRJP”) and Boston...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s been a bit of a stir in the paint world, with Dutch firm Akzo Nobel rejecting a takeover bid from PPG Industries valued at $22 billion. In a statement, Akzo claimed that the offer “substantially undervalues” the...more

The rise of the shopping center in Kenya

by DLA Piper on

Kenya has seen a surge in the number of shopping centers being built recently, with Nairobi—the economic hub of the country— hosting most of them. These shopping centers are largely catering for a growing Kenyan middle class...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

President Trump Curbs Controversial WOTUS Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Two days ago, President Trump issued an executive order (Order) that will scale back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) hotly contested “waters of the United States”...more

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

by DLA Piper on

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Micael Johnstone and Maher Ghanma assess the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Act 188 Plans On Hold as New Chemical Bill is Introduced - Nearly three years after the legislature passed a law to regulate children’s products containing chemicals of high concern, a web site intended to inform the...more

African Resilience! Private Equity in Africa proves its mettle

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite numerous economic, political and regulatory challenges faced by investors, Private equity in South Africa appears to continue to deliver long term sustainable returns for its stakeholders and has outperformed major...more

Trends That Will Shape Transactions in the GCC

by Hogan Lovells on

Will 2017 be a boom or bust year in the Gulf region? Shah: There have been important developments in the GCC region. We are witnessing significant structural reforms in Saudi Arabia as they follow their Vision for 2030....more

The ReSET - Tale of Two Cities

Our Urban Doppelganger. There’s a lot of buzz around innovation districts, much of it fed by the Brookings Institution’s extensive research on the movement. The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, whose board I’m on, is...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Governor’s $35 Million Housing Bond Discussed in Ways and Means Committee - Executive Director Gus Selig of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board revealed some of the details this week behind the $35 million bond...more

Federal Reserve Reports Moderate Pace Growth, Rising of Inflation, and Potential Increase in Federal Funds Rate

by Ruder Ware on

Chairwoman Janet Yellen presented her semi-annual report to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on February 15th where she testified that she expects the economy to continue to expand at a moderate pace...more

Investment Promotional Agencies in South Africa

by Dentons on

Since 1994 there has been a focus on economic growth and transformation in South Africa. In terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the South African government is required to promote social and...more

Opposition to Travel Ban EO Includes Tech Firms and Others

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After oral arguments on February 9th, the Ninth Circuit denied the government’s request to reinstate the travel ban EO. State of Washington v. Trump. More than 135,000 people listened to the Ninth Circuit oral argument,...more

Africa Stand Up: Navigating the new world order

by Hogan Lovells on

Following a year of landmark political changes, could it be that the time has never been more opportune for Africa to seize control of its place in the global market? Whilst it is still too early to predict the long-term...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why Was the Winter for Venture Capital Funding so Short? While we all thought winter was coming, it looks like VCs are already enjoying spring thanks to the...more

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