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BANNING's Brand protection in the Netherlands: victory for Chanel and Coty against smell-alikes

Monday, 19 December 2016

Lessons from Chanel and Coty’s smell-alike victory. A Netherlands court has held that use of perfume comparison lists constitutes trademark infringement when it crosses the boundaries of comparative advertising.

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Debt collection in the Netherlands: reminder, confiscation and bankruptcy

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The success of debt collection in a foreign jurisdiction often depends on knowledge about the debtor and the rate of action, especially in (the face of) bankruptcy of the debtor. In this process, a reliable local partner is crucial.

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The Netherlands proposes to expand its dividend withholding tax exemption

Thursday, 18 May 2017

On 16 May 2017, the Netherlands government published the announced legislative amendments and the parliamentary considerations for the envisaged amendments of the Dutch dividend withholding tax legislation regarding the withholding tax position of Dutch Cooperatives (“COOP/ COOPS”). In addition, the public is invited to response to the proposed amendments. This consultation is open for response until 13 June 2017. It is envisaged that the amendments become effective as per 1 January 2018.

 

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Freezing Assets in the Netherlands and the EU (2): Basic principles

Friday, 05 May 2017

In the Netherlands, it is relatively easy for creditors to seize assets. If you feel you have a legitimate claim, and you can locate assets in the Netherlands or the EU, it may be worthwhile to ask Dutch courts permission to seize or freeze these assets. You will put pressure on your debtor – and make sure in the end, your claim is paid.

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When Can I Offer Employees Temporary Contracts?

Monday, 01 May 2017

As an employer, you are likely to want to conclude temporary employment contracts with your employees. Under Dutch law, under what circumstances is this permissible? 

 

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Trump proposes sharp tax cuts for companies and individuals

Friday, 28 April 2017

Yesterday, President Donald Trump proposed large cuts in corporate and personal taxes with the aim of national economic growth and bringing jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. He is the first president after Reagan who proposes such large simplifications to the current complex US tax system. Although it is at this point not a complete reform, President Trump puts an important step in simplification of the US tax system.

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