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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

By Mateja Ule In the past years, Slovenian courts have been faced with several actions filed by consumers requesting the court to declare loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs null and void. While the courts of first and second instance seemed to struggle to find a common approach in assessing the validity of Swiss francs loan […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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White & Case in hands-off India drive

As Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham told The Lawyer last week (8 January): “The world is looking at India.” Liberalisation may be looming, but it’s not here yet, which means that firms are having to look very carefully at their strategies for the emerging market. Herbert Smith is keen to follow Clifford Chance to […]

Revealed: Baxter killed Dewey-Orrick merger

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe chairman Ralph Baxter demanded a guaranteed $25m (£12.92m) payout over five years had the proposed merger with Dewey Ballantine gone through, The Lawyer can reveal. Orrick’s management drafted an employment agreement for Baxter and Dewey chairman Mort Pierce to sign, which would have committed both partners to the newly merged firm […]

Gibson Dunn appoints Goldman Sachs GC

Goldman Sachs associate general counsel Susan Grafton has quit the investment bank to join the Washington DC office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Grafton, a former Securities and Exchange Commission market regulation official, will join Gibson Dunn as of counsel. Her regulatory practice focuses on regulation and compliance issues for the securities industry. Grafton had […]

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