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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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Germany: A sense of place

13-Jan-2014 | By Joanne Harris

In Germany’s decentralised legal market, different cities have their own attractions for local and international firms looking to open an office

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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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Deutsche Bank legal costs fall by 80 per cent in Q4 2014 as cases linger

29-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Deutsche Bank’s litigation costs fell by over 80 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, from €1.1bn to €207m (£155m), helping the bank to a surprise pretax profit.

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Bird & Bird hit by €130m professional negligence claim in Hamburg

26-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Bird & Bird is facing a €130m (£97.7m) professional negligence claim brought by a group of around 30 German real estate funds, in the latest development in a corruption trial against a former client.

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CC appoints global innovation chief as Layton ushers in ‘a decade of massive change’

20-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clifford Chance has appointed its first global head of innovation and business change alongside a new chief operating officer (COO), both with specific remits to support an era of transformation under new managing partner Matthew Layton.

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Hamburg Bird & Bird lawyer under fire for alleged involvement in €137m embezzlement charge

17-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

A Hamburg-based Bird & Bird lawyer, and a former partner from the same office, have been drawn into a corruption trial involving one of their clients.

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Lidl's ‘Deluxe’ mark descriptive, says the General Court download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 27-Jan-2015

A reminder to all brand owners when creating brand names to give careful consideration to ensuring they are original

Vox tax – global protections for tax advice download

Dentons 19-Dec-2014

Governments’ efforts to curb what they perceive to be aggressive international tax planning is leading many multinational companies to question their tax advice.

Global: 24 privacy authorities worldwide call for more mobile app privacy download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

The increased focus of national data protection authorities on the processing of personal data through mobile apps was again confirmed in an open letter from a group of data protection authorities.

The German perspective on the fundamental reforms in European patent law download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

Arguably, Germany is the jurisdiction that has the most to lose with the introduction of the UPC.

The P5+1 and Iran extend the Joint Plan of Action to mid-2015 download subscription

Dentons 3-Dec-2014

On 24 November 2014, the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany (collectively the P5 + 1) and Iran announced that they would extend to 30 June 2015 the validity of their ‘Joint Plan of Action’ (JPOA). 

Suspension of sanctions against Iran continues until 30 June 2015 weblink subscription

Ince & Co 2-Dec-2014

Last year, the P5+1 reached an agreement with Iran to suspend certain EU and US sanctions against Iran in return for a curb on Iran’s nuclear programme. 

Sanctions update: US, UK, France, China and Germany agree to extend sanctions relief for Iran until June 2015 download subscription

Eversheds 1-Dec-2014

On 25 November 2014, the Council of the European Union extended the existing limited sanctions relief for Iran (originally agreed under the Joint Plan of Action in November 2013) until 30 June 2015. 

Antitrust matters: the reach of US antitrust laws and FTAIA download subscription

DLA Piper 24-Nov-2014

A clear understanding of the extent to which US antitrust laws can reach conduct outside the US would be extremely useful, even essential, for global companies.

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