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By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

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By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

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By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Why is Fried Frank calling time on its Asia strategy?

For years, Asia has been hailed as a land of golden opportunity for the legal profession. So, why has Fried Frank Harris & Shriver decided to close down its operations in the region?  It’s not as if Fried Frank is overwhelmed with offices. The firm currently has just seven worldwide, in Frankfurt, London, Paris, New […]

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Move of the week Ropes & Gray has hired Allen & Overy partner Carol Hopper to join its global real estate practice in London. Hopper has experience in real estate, infrastructure and projects work, particularly mid- to large-cap transactional deals that arise in all aspects of commercial real estate work. She has advised funds, investors, […]

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The top 10 stories last week were dominated by our annual top 20 cases feature – but the creation of the world’s biggest law firm was close behind. The hotly-anticipated analysis of the top 20 cases, which showed just how international the English courts now are, was the biggest story of last week. The analysis […]

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