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Vadim BlauStein: The Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the Beneficial Ownership Register

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As this directive directly relates to the areas of financial, corporate and trust services, we ask Vadim Blaustein, CEO of BlauStein Lawyers, to provide comments on this topic. Mr. Blaustein, your company has its headquarters in the Netherlands. Could you say that many things have changed in your business area after the 4th AML Directive came to force? Vadim Blaustein: The impact of the new Directive is not that big. In fact, the Netherlands were traditionally in the front lines of the fight against money laundering and had quite an exte... Read More »

Vadim BlauStein explains how Customs Union can work for the benefit of the Netherlands after Brexit

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Mr. Blaustein, what can you say about the current state of the customs situation in the EU? Vadim Blaustein: At this moment, 28 of the EU member states participate in the Customs Union - an agreement decades old, an instrument towards the liberalisation of trade in Europe, which subsequently became the cornerstone of the EU itself. Throughout its years of existence, it was gradually developing towards harmonisation of legislation, unification of tariffs and customs procedures in the participating states and designing of single trade policie... Read More »

British passports will return to ‘iconic’ blue cover after Brexit, it is confirmed

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The new design, which will no longer include the European Union insignia, will replace the burgundy cover that has been a feature of the UK passport since the 1980s once Britain leaves the EU in 2019. Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis said the new passport will be the "most high-tech and secure we have ever seen", making it more resistant to fraud and forgery. ... Read More »

Brexit: No immediate consequences for British students and researchers at UvA

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This applies to 2016/17 applications, research projects and degree programmes. UvA students currently on exchange at British universities will also remain unaffected. The UvA will also continue the closely collaborate with UK partner universities both within the LERU and U21 networks, as well as at the bilateral level with partner institutions. In an earlier press statement, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) committed itself to ongoing collaboration with universities in the United Kingdom. ... Read More »

Bertelsmann Stiftung: BREXIT could be expensive – especially for the United Kingdom…

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If the United Kingdom exits the EU in 2018, as a consequence of the House of Commons elections on May 7, 2015 and a subsequent referendum on leaving the EU, this would have long-term negative consequences for the country's growth dynamic and economic vitality. By contrast, the economic losses for Germany and the remaining EU member states would be significantly smaller. But the bottom line is that everyone involved would lose economically and politically from the UK leaving the EU (BREXIT). This is the conclusion reached by a current Bertelsman... Read More »

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