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What the Financial Collateral Act in Serbia brings to the table

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Financial Collateral Act (“FCA“) on 8 June 2018 (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 44/2018). The FCA bill was proposed by the Serbian Central Bank (National Bank of Serbia, “NBS“) on 22 May 2018 and the FCA will apply as of 1 January 2019. Financial contracts which have not been enforced by […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

‘Valued Landscape’ – not a ‘restrictive policy’

On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

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Amazon hires Morgan Lewis tax manager

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is losing yet another tax specialist – this time to internet giant Amazon – as the USfirm restructures its international department. Robert Comfort, tax manager at Morgan Lewis’ Philadelphia office, is joining the internet company to head its tax capability. Comfort is the fourth high-profile tax lawyer to have left the […]

Simmons off-loads charities practice

Simmons & Simmons is abandoning its highly-regarded charities practice to south-east firm Stone King, saying that it is not profitable enough. Rated team leader Robert Meakin is relocating to the London office of 10-partner Stone King after he was asked by Simmons to find an alternative practice which was not a competitor. Meakin is joining […]

KLegal raids Cap Gemini and IBM in communications drive

KPMG’s associated law firm KLegal is recruiting three top in-house lawyers to boost its IT and telecoms group. The new team members, who are coming from IBM, Cap Gemini and Telecom New Zealand, will bring the number in the group to seven. It is led by high profile telecoms partner Chris Hoyle, who joined the […]

A&O steals BT contract for e-commerce float

British Telecommunications (BT) is instructing Allen & Overy for the first time to work on its radical corporate restructuring. BT has long-standing relationships with Freshfields and Linklaters, but it selected A&O in a beauty parade for work on the flotation of its international directories and e-commerce business Yell. BT is planning to complete the flotation […]

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