Renovation of EU Patent System and Its Impact to Finnish Law

On the 30th of August 2021, the Act on the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Court was passed in Finland. The law is based on the EU process of renovating the European patent system and preparing for establishing the Unified Patent Court (UPC) for dealing with European Patent matters. The Finnish […]

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HOW 9/11 CHANGED LOGISTICS AND THE INCOTERMS?

The US and the whole Western Alliance withdrew from Afganistan by the end of August this year, markedly to avoid being present there during the 20th anniversary of 9/11 strikes to the World Trade Center in New York back in 2001. The US together with its allies invaded to Afganistan to defeat the Taliban administration […]

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Quantum computer project on schedule

Finland’s first quantum computer as well as European-wide Materials for Quantum Computing project “MATQu” are progressing on schedule. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is involved in the MATQu project regarding high-performance quantum computing technology. Industrial market-introduction of novel materials, devices, and characterization represents a great challenge yet opportunity for Europe to create a complete value chain for […]

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BENEFIT CORPORATIONS: The Italian Experience

Italy is the first European country inspired by the American legislative initiative of 2010 to introduce with the 2016 Budget Law a similar business model into their legal system: the so called Società Benefit (SB), that integrates the profit-oriented economic activity with the purpose of common benefit producing in the long-term positive effects on territories […]

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E-payments – the modern form of money transfers

Electronic payments (e-payments) are used increasingly around the world and are especially convenient in purchasing things online. In Finland, services providing e-payment solutions are broadly available. To list a few, there is online banking, digital wallets, mobile payment services, electronic bank card payment services, contactless payment services, and payment services utilising tokenization (a technique that […]

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Lauri Railas participates in the IR Global Virtual Series – International Trade: Global and regional trade in the post pandemic

Foreword Co-Authored By Andrew Chilvers And Bob Brewer Global Trade: Combating protectionism and the pandemic The past 18 months were a huge shock to international trade as increasing protectionism and Covid-19 wrought havoc with all previous forecasts and economic roadmaps. Many business analysts predicted that the double whammy of protectionism and pandemic would spell an […]

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International Trade:

Global and regional trade in the post pandemic

August 2021

Global Trade: Combating protectionism and the pandemic The past 18 months were a huge shock to international trade as increasing protectionism and Covid-19 wrought havoc with all previous forecasts and […]

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Martha Cusick appointed CEO of Aliant®

We are very pleased to welcome Martha Cusick to Aliant as Chief Executive Officer and member of executive team. She started her role at Aliant headquarters, Los Angeles, in January this year. Martha comes to us with 20 years of experience in legal and professional services. Her background is focused on legal operations, strategy, marketing, and business development, with […]

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Lauri Railas of Railas Attorneys Ltd. discusses how contracts can help you prepare for unforeseeable hardships

Lauri Railas takes part in our most recent podcast discussing ‘International Contracts: How contracts can help you prepare for unforeseeable hardships’, hosted by our podcast host – Jennifer Riggins. Lauri and Jennifer discuss commercial contracts and unforeseeable hardships, force majeure, the digitization of signatures, contracts and potential difficulties you might run into +++ much more! […]

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Lauri Railas participates in the IR Virtual Series – International Contracts: How has the global pandemic impacted international contracts?

Foreward by Andrew Chilvers The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those once-ina-lifetime events that few people predict but which affects everyone – individuals, businesses and governments. During the past four months the pandemic has caused huge disruption to companies across the globe as many have suddenly found it impossible to fulfil their contractual obligations. From […]

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International Contracts:

How Has the Global Pandemic Impacted International Contracts?

July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those once-ina- lifetime events that few people predict but which affects everyone – individuals, businesses and governments. During the past four months the pandemic […]

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Recent changes to Finnish legislation due to COVID-19

By Nina Aura, Junior Associate, Aliant Finland On March 16, 2020, Finland declared a nationwide state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result of this, the Finnish government submitted a decree implementing the Emergency Powers Act. The two commissioning decrees for the Act were given on March 17 and 19, respectively.  Last time the […]

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