Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 – How the changes affect you, our valued clients. As from 1 July 2018 all lawyers must comply with the recent changes made to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (the AML/CFT law). In line with New Zealand’s commitment to the international initiative to combat money laundering and terrorist financing lawyers, and other professionals, must do a number of things to help the Police bring criminals to justice. This is what the AML/CFT law calls “customer due diligence”. For us, customer due diligence means that we need to undertake background checks before providing services to our clients. In order to meet our legal obligations we must take all reasonable steps to verify that the information we receive from clients is correct and supported by documentation. This applies even if you have been a client of … Read More
Following a review of all the submissions for the IR Global ‘Member of the Year 2018’, I am pleased to advise you have made the shortlist of 15x firms. As you can imagine, the submissions are of a very high quality this year, so to be on a short list of 15 from over 900+ members is a great achievement. Ross Nicholls Business Development Director, IR Global
Mark Copeland a specialist in Commercial and Rural law was a facilitor at the inaugural Taiopenga Hangarau Rotorua Tech Festival at the end of June. He shared his knowledge on the various types of formal IP protection available, and when you might best use them to keep your IP from being stolen or abused. He also covered how to properly managing your IP, in all its forms, recognising the value it provides to your business. Check out the Maori TV’s Te Kaea episode covering this great initiative.