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Negotiating uncertainty: Legal options for manufacturers confronting tariffs

12th June 2018

In this article MSI's Michigan law member Kerr Russell details the implications of recent tariffs imposed on steel and aluminium articles imported into the US from countries other than Argentina, Australia, Brazil, and South Korea.

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Australia: Purchasers become tax collectors - Changes to GST collection for property developers and others

8th June 2018

From 1 July 2018, the ATO process for collecting GST on certain residential property sales will be changing. MSI's Brisbane law member Tucker & Cowen Solicitors provides further insight on the new regime affecting property developers.

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The Facebook Effect: Today’s changing data privacy regulation climate

8th June 2018

In the words of the Nobel Prize writer Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a-changin.’” Revelations in the press about Facebook’s current privacy problems, and a new comprehensive European Union privacy framework that impacts American businesses, may be changing the climate towards more data privacy regulations by United States lawmakers. As technology and uses for data surge ahead at breakneck speed, however, the testimony of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed to highlight both the public’s and lawmakers’ limited understanding of the impact that dizzying advancement has on individual privacy and on our society at- large. Against these rapidly changing times, the challenge now is for businesses to voluntarily be more transparent and get express consent from data subjects and for lawmakers to create a protective framework against a hazy and unpredictable future. MSI's Utah law firm member Michael Best & Friedrich LLP provides further insight on the challenges of today's changing data privacy regulations.

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Ecuador is seeking investors for its oil projects

8th June 2018

After nearly a decade in which Ecuador changed the way it invites investors to its oil exploration, exploitation and refining projects, preferring relations with state-owned companies selected directly without the sieve of competition and, after most of its conflicts with foreign companies have been resolved (in some cases at high cost to the country), Ecuador is seeking to modify its methods to generate attraction towards the most important source of income for its economy. MSI's Ecuadorian law member Expertiseadvisor Abogados provides further information.

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