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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

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 […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

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 […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

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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What can go wrong in structured trade and commodity finance — lessons for China

Structured trade and commodity finance (STCF) is central to international trade and is progressively becoming an important source of finance for Chinese companies, given that China is now the most significant player in the commodities market. Since the introduction of the free-trade zones (FTZs) in China, there has been increasing discussion among Chinese leaders on […]

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White & Case debarred over conflicts in $2bn oligarch battle

White & Case has been disqualified from acting on one of its flagship cases, the $2bn oligarch litigation between Ukranian industrialist Victor Pinchuk and his rivals Gennady Bogoliubov and Igor Kolomoisky, after a conflict of interest. Mr Justice Field handed down his judgment granting a permanent injunction debarring White & Case from acting for Pinchuk […]

A Greek yoghurt conundrum

What constitutes Greek yoghurt in the eyes of the law? A year after Mr Justice Briggs smoothed out a major IP battle between two major yoghurt manufacturers, the case was back in the London courts for a second outing. This time around Lord Justices Longmore, Lewison and Kitchin delivered a legal definition for the healthy […]

Conyers advises on €400m senior secured notes offering by Smurfit Kappa Group

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised a consortium of financial institutions as purchasers in connection with a €400m (£330m) senior secured note offering issued by Smurfit Kappa Acquisitions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smurfit Kappa Group, which supplies paper-based packaging products. In February 2013, €400m of senior secured notes due 2020 were issued, the proceeds of which are to […]

Eversheds research reveals young lawyers’ desire to reform the legal profession

A new breed of young lawyer is seeking to reform the legal sector, according to Eversheds’ recent ‘21st Century Law Firm: Inheriting a New World’ report. The law firm’s research revealed young lawyers’ global ambition and desire to modernise the more traditional aspects of the legal profession. According to the report, young lawyers are in […]

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