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Special report: Competition – After the regulatory goalposts moved

2-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

UK competition lawyers have a new regulator and new rules to follow when handling mergers. Is it ‘business as usual’ as the old OFT and CC promised?

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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Special report: European M&A – Mergers rising

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

While deal numbers were up last year, their value rocketed – and this time it’s not the US firms taking the lion’s share.

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Special report: Turkey – Striking out

9-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Tough international competition means that diversification is the watchword in the Turkish legal market.

Special report: The Lawyer European Awards – Italy’s contenders

2-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

It’s been a difficult few years for many Italian firms, but as this year’s shortlist for The Lawyer European awards demonstrates, they’ve risen to the challenge

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Special report: Luxembourg – on the IP offensive

26-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Intellectual property is the next weapon in Luxembourg’s armoury of business offerings – but first it must past the EC ‘state aid’ test

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Special report: The Baltics – A triple play

26-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

With economies conducive to investors and an appetite for growth among local businesses, cross-border work in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is on the rise.

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Special report: Germany – independent nation

19-Jan-2015 | By Joshua Freedman

German firms are hanging on to their independence despite continued international competition

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Special report: Republic of Ireland – Firms see green for go

19-Jan-2015

How was 2014 for Irish firms? And how is 2015 shaping up?

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Special report: Romania – Optimism flows deep

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The discovery of new oil deposits in the Black Sea holds promise of a new golden age for Romania’s energy industry – and for the local law firms

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Google to comply with privacy measures set out by Italy’s DPA download subscription

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In Italy, for the first time in Europe Google is to be subject to regular checks to monitor its progress on bringing its platform into line with domestic legislation.

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Europe’s independent firms focus on referral networks as cross-border M&A booms

19-Feb-2015

In a world where the biggest global firms are just getting bigger – witness the recent formation of 6,500-lawyer behemoth Dacheng Dentons – it can be increasingly hard for independent firms to compete.

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Latham adds two City-based counsel to partnership in nine-strong promos round

3-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Latham & Watkins has elected two London-based counsels to its partnership, amounting to just under a quarter of its global total for 2015.

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Czech and Slovak firms launch CEE network to expand regional offering

3-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Czech firm Tomicek Legal and Slovak firm Fox Martens have teamed up to launch a regional referral network, CEE Attorneys, with the aim of expansion throughout the region.

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Balkan firm Karanovic & Nikolic expands to Slovenia with local hire

3-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Balkan firm Karanovic & Nikolic has opened an office in Slovenia, extending its coverage across the states of the former Yugoslavia.

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Special report: Cyprus – Bounceback island

8-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Cyprus is still in recession, but it looks as though Russia’s favourite island will revive more quickly than was thought likely.

Bulgaria

Special report: Bulgaria – The stability dividend

3-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Investment promises to pick up when Bulgaria sails into calmer political waters, but that’s not the only attraction for its firms and an international newcomer

Luxembourg

Special report: Luxembourg – on the IP offensive

26-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Intellectual property is the next weapon in Luxembourg’s armoury of business offerings – but first it must past the EC ‘state aid’ test

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Special report: Luxembourg – Money plus

14-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

As Fiat, Apple and Starbucks earn the Duchy a rap on the knuckles for its tax rules, will the government’s efforts to diversify the economy take firmer root?

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Luxembourg: International style

27-Jan-2014 | By Burhan Khadbai

Second-tier international law firms are joining the top players in Luxembourg as its stability and global outlook continue to attract big business

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European firms in London: City of dreams

4-Nov-2013 | By Joanne Harris

With a focus on internationalisation and a determination to forge bonds with clients, European firms are finding their City bases increasingly important

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France: Comme ci, comme ça

14-Oct-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Those chic Parisian boutiques keep making bread, but international firms are finding the French market has passed its best

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Plafond de verre

8-Oct-2012 | By Joanne Harris

The glass ceiling is still in place in the French legal profession as, although there are far more young women than men involved, they are not making partner

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Czech and Slovak firms launch CEE network to expand regional offering

3-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Czech firm Tomicek Legal and Slovak firm Fox Martens have teamed up to launch a regional referral network, CEE Attorneys, with the aim of expansion throughout the region.

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Linklaters moves 10 financial processes staff to Warsaw after outsourcing contract ends

17-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters is relocating 10 back office staff from its London and Colchester offices to a low-cost business services centre in Warsaw.

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Special report: Romania – Optimism flows deep

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The discovery of new oil deposits in the Black Sea holds promise of a new golden age for Romania’s energy industry – and for the local law firms

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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Special report: Germany – independent nation

19-Jan-2015 | By Joshua Freedman

German firms are hanging on to their independence despite continued international competition

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Special report: Germany – Crossing borders

28-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

As international work grows the DAX30 are expanding in-house legal teams, but Germany’s biggest companies remain critical to the country’s law firms 

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Special report: The Lawyer European Awards – Italy’s contenders

2-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

It’s been a difficult few years for many Italian firms, but as this year’s shortlist for The Lawyer European awards demonstrates, they’ve risen to the challenge

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Italy: Diversity strategy

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue

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Italy: Via Dolorosa

3-Feb-2014 | By Burhan Khadbai

Employment and political reforms, and a programme of privatisation could ease Italy’s and its legal market’s way through these punishing times

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Malta

Special report: Malta – Fund-loving Europhiles

9-Jun-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

A responsive stance to EU legislation has led to a thriving Maltese funds market. Is it enough to make rumours of a global firm’s move there come true?

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Roundtable: The Lawyer Awards shortlist – Funderstorm

17-Jun-2013

Representatives of The Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year shortlist gathered in London recently to debate the hottest topics in the sector

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Malta: An island apart

3-Jun-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Malta does not want to be tarred with the same brush as Cyprus and is defending its credentials as an international business centre

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The Lawyer Briefings Live: Latin America – The new, new world

7-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Brazil may be hogging the limelight right now, but its neighbours should not be ignored. The rest of Latin America deserves investors’ attention too

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Lusophone Africa: Sweet talk

31-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Despite restrictions on foreign lawyers setting up shop in Mozambique, the region’s historical and linguistic links with Portugal offer a host of international benefits

Spain

Spain: Ghost villa busters

24-Mar-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Forget the ‘pain in Spain’ and those deserted villa newsfeeds, say Spanish lawyers – reforms are paying off and investors are showing their faces again 

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Special report: Republic of Ireland – Firms see green for go

19-Jan-2015

How was 2014 for Irish firms? And how is 2015 shaping up?

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Ireland: Lawyers wanted

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

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Ireland: Coming back strong

23-Jun-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Property prices are rising again and this time Ireland’s lawyers are confident it is no bubble, while talk of an early wind-up for Nama hints at austerity’s end

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Russia

Russia special report: Look the other way

24-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Western sanctions are making life tough for Russia’s companies and lawyers, so they are forging new links in the East 

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Special report: Kazakhstan – a safe haven in the CIS

10-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, Kazakhstan is benefiting

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Special report: Russia – Feeling the chill

19-May-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

It’s a nervous time for international law firms in Moscow, as Russia’s rift with the West threatens to throw their businesses off course – possibly for good

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Special report: Finland – Triumph in adversity

20-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Finland’s economy might be struggling but firms are thriving from a stream of acquisitions, restructures and start-ups emerging in Nokia’s wake

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Special report: Norway - After the oil

29-Sep-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slow growth in the eurozone along with crises in the Middle East and Ukraine are beginning to be a drag on Norway’s richest sector – energy

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The Baltics: Three cheers

27-Jan-2014 | By Burhan Khadbai

The legal market in the three Baltic states is getting back on track after a turbulent few years

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Whistleblowers in the Swiss banking sector: legal hurdles to co-operating with foreign governments download subscription

Bär & Karrer 25-Feb-2015

An overview of the main Swiss criminal law provisions that prohibit the theft and disclosure of banking information to foreign authorities or courts, and how they have been applied to whistleblowers in recent cases.

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HSBC turns to BLP in a bid to dispel tax evasion allegations

10-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

HSBC has instructed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) for legal advice, following the leak of client accounts by whistleblower Hervé Falciani.

Warner-Lambert refused interim relief based on Swiss form claim: no serious issue to be tried regarding carved-out indication download subscription

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The English Patents Court has refused an application by Warner-Lambert Company (WL) for interim relief, mandatory in nature, regarding conditions to be attached to the launch of generic pregabalin by Actavis.

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Special report: Turkey – Striking out

9-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Tough international competition means that diversification is the watchword in the Turkish legal market.

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Special report: Turkey - Upgrade nation

29-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

The rise of the Turkish aviation sector reflects a wider trend of prosperity

Turkey Briefing Live: Plane speaking

21-Apr-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

The IMF has slashed its 2014 growth forecast for Turkey from 3.5 to 2.3 per cent. Investors are now hoping the aviation and energy markets will provide some comfort

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Special report: Ukraine – No place for lawyers?

8-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The Ukraine crisis has raised questions over which rule of law to follow, but the flight of international investors is giving local firms an advantage.

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Ukraine: Lawyers on the edge

7-Apr-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Everyday legal work is at a halt and the country’s lawyers stand ready to do their bit in the army if the Russians move in

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Ukraine: Look both ways

16-Dec-2013 | By Burhan Khadbai

Legal work is on hold as the country fights it out over whether its future lies with Russia or the EU

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