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The Journal Novembre 2018

The Attractions of Investing in the Netherlands

Hans de Kruijs

When thinking of the Netherlands, a field of colourful tulips may come to mind or maybe even the slowly rotating wings of a wind-mill, while stacked clouds pass by in the background. Typical Dutch sceneries like this attract vast numbers of visitors. Among them international investors, although they are more interested in another attraction: the Dutch investment climate.

The Netherlands offers a highly competitive business and investment climate. Several contributing features are its strategic location to serve markets within Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa, superior logistics and technology infrastructure, an open innovation approach, and a solid workforce. 

Digitized Law Firm: It Is Not LegalTech but It Makes Working Much Easier

Adam Yadid 

The last three decades have introduced many changes to the world of law practice. The majority of changes were induced by technological advancements, which introduced a completely new realm of tools available to law firms for improving their work.

This article will try to offer technological applications which help with the management of knowledge as well as employees in the firms. The article takes under consideration the inherent nature of law practice, characterized as highly conservative and suspicious towards such changes, due to the intention for maintaining the privacy of clients, in-office compartmentalization required in many cases, and subordination to a variety of regulators.

Blockchain and Conveyancing

Kevin McCann

Blockchain, a technology that facilitates efficient sharing of data, is being hailed as the next technological revolution, and it is suggested that this ‘disruptive technology’ may impact upon our lives to the same extent as the internet. Many see Blockchain as an alternative technology infrastructure that can be used in conveyancing and land registration, thereby reducing transactional costs and improving speed.

HM Land Registry has recently partnered with software companies to explore how Blockchain technology could be used to provide quicker and simpler services. 

Harmful Instructions to Corporation Issued by the General Board of Members

Georgina Bergos

Injurious Instructions to the corporation issued by the General Shareholders' Meeting or by the parent of the Group may be responsible for the personal liability of the administrators who execute them and of the parent / majority partner / sole shareholder.

If the General Shareholders' Meeting or the parent company instruct the company's directors, so that they execute acts that are advantageous for the Group to which they belong or for another company owned by the sole or majority shareholder, but that are detrimental to the interest of the society that administers , administrators may end up being responsible.

Counterfeits in the Digital Marketplace

Andrew Ferren

Counterfeiting has moved beyond high-priced luxury goods to low-cost everyday items. Many of these fake products pose real dangers: face masks with arsenic; phone adapters that can electrocute you; computer chargers that fry your hardware; batteries that blow up.

These counterfeits infiltrate online marketplaces, where they co-mingle with authentic products in warehouses and ship to unsuspecting consumers. With millions of goods leaving fulfillment centers every day, brand owners and consumers must wrestle with a billion dollar problem: how do you police the largest marketplace in the world?

Equal Remuneration Between Men and Women: Where Is Your Company Positioned?

María Paz Contreras 

The European Salary Equality Day was celebrated on 3 November, a date that marks the symbolic moment from which European women begin to work "for free", with 16% of the working year still remaining. In fact, according to figures provided by the Eurostat, in Europe women earn 16.2% less than men, which means that women work for two months a year for free compared to your male co-workers.

This survey revealed how the difference in wages between genders not only puts women at a disadvantage throughout their careers, but also after their retirement, because it directly affects the pension system, thus accentuating in all areas the poverty levels of women.