Inheritance in Germany

How to Handle an Inheritance in Germany

You just learned you have an inheritance in Germany. Perhaps a German Court has notified you that you are an heir under a will or you have received notice that you may be an heir under Germany’s intestate succession laws. What should you do? Under Germany’s inheritance laws a decedent’s property passes directly to his

Human Rights is Your Business

Human Rights is YOUR Business

1. Human Rights is Your Business In an interview last week on CNBC, billionaire investor Ray Dalio was asked how he reconciles China’s human rights record, including the recent disappearances of high-profile citizens such as Alibaba founder Jack Ma and former Grand Slam tennis champion Peng Shuai, with investing in the country. Dalio replied, “I can’t

Mexico intellectual property IP

An Intellectual Property Lesson from Mexico for Manufacturers

A conversation with a client this week reminded me that there many different flavors of intellectual property (IP), and that many companies should look carefully at integrating intellectual property rights (IPR) protection processes into all of their interactions with clients and especially prospective clients. Imagine a company that is well-regarded in its field, contacted by

Chile Election

Chile’s Presidential Elections: We’re Paying Attention

On December 16, Chile will hold the second round of its presidential elections. Facing off will be José Antonio Kast, who obtained 27.91% of the first round vote, and Gabriel Boric, who came in second with 25.83%. Kast is commonly described as “far-right,” with “leftist” the preferred adjective for Boric. For Latin America watchers, these

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What Are NFTs and How Can I get Involved?

NFTs (non fungible tokens) are the newest buzzword. They’re everywhere, and everyone who is someone is getting involved. Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Tom Brady. The most important questions about them: what are they and how can I make money off of them? The answer is simpler than you think. NFT stands for non-fungible tokens, which

gender-neutral passports

With U.S. Issuing Gender-Neutral Passports, Travelers Should Beware of Potential Risks

Non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming Americans can now obtain gender-neutral passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) with an X gender marker. Previously, the State Department had announced that applicants would be able to self-select their gender “as ‘M’ or ‘F,'” irrespective of the gender specified in other identity documents, and without a need

The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Program

The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Program: How to Make it Work for You

1. We’re The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Program and We’re Here to Help In this time of fragmented production strategies and far-flung supply chains, importing can be fraught with uncertainty, inefficiency, and risk. Add to this the disruptive effects of an exponential increase in trade volume, a multi-year pandemic, an overheated enforcement environment,

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President López Obrador Tells It Like It Is at North American Leaders’ Summit

On November 18, U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and Prime Justin Minister Trudeau of Canada to the White House for the first North American Leaders’ Summit since 2016. The summit followed a U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue in September, and virtual and real-world meetings earlier this year with Canadian

DAOs and the Paradox of Corporate Form

The Paradox of the DAO and the Corporate Form

Are you considering forming or investing in a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (known in the cryptocurrency world as a “DAO”)? The purpose of this post is to consider DAOs in the broader context of cryptocurrency investment and the paradox around corporate form created by their very existence. I will also propose some domestic and international entity