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Mackrell International Global Legal Update 2

Continuing our Global Legal update, we’re focusing on a spread of key topics, from Insurance to major governmental changes and the effect on employment, to Force Majeure and even opportunities in the automotive industry.

Keller & Heckman in Washington DC are all over Insurance coverage:

Employer costs, covered by Stehlin & Associés in Paris, France:

Herdem Attorneys in Turkey are covering data processing in a time of crisis: but also, on a completely different note, opportunities for automotive:

Sirota & Partners in Moscow, Russia, go straight to the heart of Force Majeure

Van den Bulke in Luxembourg tackle Covid & Contract Law:

Whilst Mackrell.Solicitors in London have created an all-encompassing Coronavirus Legal Portal:

Please can all member firms keep this advice and local expertise coming – many of our member’s clients around the world will be looking for assistance in these turbulent times.

We shall continue to share it with you all.

Keith Heddle

Mackrell International

Mackrell International Global Legal Update

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In this weeks news

Our Madrid member, Santiago Mediano shares advice for Spanish citizens globally as well as in Spain:

Our Scotland firm, BTO focuses on the impact on business and how lawyers can help:

Baker Donelson in the US hosted a panel on COVID-19 and its effects:

Stehlin & Associés in France wanted to reassure all its clients and MI Family members that, like us all, we may be flexing and adapting, but we are still open for business:

Keith Heddle

Mackrell International

This Mackrell Network is exceptional in so many ways – you have to read this story!

Scott Tarter, partner in the Business Services Group and Sports, Entertainment and Media Group and chair of the International Group with Bose McKinney & Evans in Indiana recently shared an outstanding story of legal collaboration.

Scott reached out recently to Mackrell International member Kaempfer Crowell of Nevada with an urgent request by a charitable organization for assistance on behalf of an elderly gentleman (battling brain cancer and living on his own), who had been given an (improper) eviction notice and was being forced from his home.

This gentleman had been living in a rented home for the past 15 years and, despite his dire medical condition, his willingness to pay increased rent if necessary, and his not being in default in any way, was the victim of a landlord and property manager wanting to remove him quickly for convenience in order to sell the house. A charity Scott co-founded several years ago ( had received an urgent request for help from this gentleman.

As a fellow Mackrell International member, Scott reached out to Kaempfer Crowell attorneys Sev Carlson, with a practice in administrative law, regulatory matters, government affairs and related litigation and Josh Corelli, who focuses on business, corporate, real estate, and finance transactions, and asked if they could assist. Scott assured them the charity would foot the bill. When KC found out BME was doing work for the charity on a pro bono basis, and when they listened to the circumstances of this unfortunate man, they immediately offered to take on the representation on a pro bono basis.

Sev and Josh quickly and successfully dealt with the landlord and property manager and obtained much needed relief for the elderly gentleman. Kaempfer Crowell was incredibly helpful and kind in dealing with the gentleman, who was nearly in tears as Scott explained to him that he did not now need to find a way to immediately pack up, move out of his house and find a new place to live. According to Scott, Sev and Josh did some incredible lawyering on a fast-track and pro bono basis - and they made a huge impact on the life of a stranger without any thought about being recognized or compensated.

Scott summarized this exceptional story regarding the quality of Mackrell International Member Firms:

“The above is another reason why Bose McKinney chose Mackrell International and another reason why we value being on the Mackrell International team. It’s great when we get the opportunities to serve our clients on commercial matters, and we’re certainly looking forward to working on the next interesting commercial/legal collaboration with a Mackrell International member firm, but this was an example of how willing members are to also jump in and help do the right charitable thing when needed. I can’t thank Kaempfer Crowell enough and I hope we can return the favor for them or another member someday soon.”

Scott Tarter

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Sev Carlson

Kaempfer Crowell

Interested in doing business in Vietnam?

If you are interested...

Go to our new Business Guide and details of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) available now in the member area.

For members with business interests in Southeast Asia, and in particular in Vietnam, Mackrell International and sister network MGI Worldwide have published a new Doing Business Guide for Vietnam, including an introduction to the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

On 30 June 2019, the European Union and Vietnam signed a Trade Agreement and an Investment Protection Agreement (EVFTA). This agreement with the EU is an ambitious pact providing the elimination of almost 99 percent of all customs duties between the EU and Vietnam.

The FTA will increase Vietnam’s exports to European countries, namely in the textile and garment industry, footwear, computer parts and smartphones. European countries will also benefit from Vietnam’s market of 95 million people and its fast-mushrooming consumer class.

About the Guide

The new Mackrell International/MGI Worldwide guide provides a range of business information, including details on:

• Legislative system

• Making an investment

• Setting up branch and representative offices

• Foreign contractors

• Land rentals and ownership

• Taxation

• Forex controls and the stock market

• Mergers and acquisitions

In addition to this the Guide provides an introduction to the recent EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), providing an overview of its salient features as well as reporting on the positive outlook for European business in Vietnam.

Click HERE to view the full Doing Business Guide and EVFTA overview

About Vietnam

Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia and borders Cambodia and Laos in the west, and China in the north. Historically, Vietnam had a predominantly agricultural economy based on wet rice cultivation. However, manufacturing, information technology, and high-tech industries now form a large and fast-growing part of the national economy. Though a relative newcomer to the industry, oil is now a fast-growing sector – Vietnam being the third-largest oil producer in Southeast Asia.

Fast facts

• Vietnam is the EU's 16th trade partner and the EU's second largest trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

• The EU's main exports to Vietnam are high tech products, including electrical machinery and equipment, aircraft, vehicles, and pharmaceutical products.

• Vietnam's main exports to the EU are telephone sets, electronic products, footwear, textiles and clothing, coffee, rice, seafood, and furniture.

• With a total foreign direct investment stock of €6.1 billion (2017), the EU is one of the largest foreign investors in Vietnam. The largest sector of investment by the EU is industrial processing and manufacturing.

(Facts taken from EU Commission website)

For further information please contact Sandeep Peters, Mackrell International APAC Business Development Coordinator

Keith Heddle

Mackrell International

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