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Civil partnerships: a thing of the past?

By Sarah Green This week, the Supreme Court has heard the case of a couple who wish for their relationship to have the same legal status as same-sex civil partners…

Letting standards slip: Hotel owners cannot enforce brand standards

By Edward John An appeal judge refused to grant a hotel owner an order for specific performance requiring the tenant to maintain active trade and keep and run premises in accordance with brand standards. In Zinc Cobham 1 Ltd and ors v Adda Hotels, Zinc Hotels failed in its attempt to force Adda Hotels and […]

Luxembourg: Effect of the insurance distribution directive on the life insurance industry

Directive (EU) 2016/97 on Insurance Distribution of 20 January 2016 (“IDD” or “the Directive”) harmonises national provisions concerning the distribution of insurance and reinsurance products and insurance-based investment products (“IBIPs”) by insurance intermediaries, insurance companies, their employees, and ancillary insurance intermediaries in the European Union. The objective of the present article is not to summarize […]

Bulgaria to introduce derogations from the EU General Data Protection Regulation

The Bulgarian government has announced a set of specific requirements relating to the processing of personal data that it plans to introduce to national legislation in addition to the requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Such specific requirements (commonly known as “derogations”) are allowed by the GDPR in certain areas, such […]

Glencore awarded anti-suit injunction in DRC

In Kamoto Copper Company SA v Africa Horizons Investments Ltd and Ventora Development SASU [2018] EWHC 1086 (Comm) , Mr Justice Males ordered an anti-suit injunction against the defendant companies on the claimant’s application after the second defendant commenced proceedings in the DRC claiming US$2.857bn in relation to the alleged assignment of a royalties agreement…

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Debevoise Plimpton has snared Linklaters London corporate partner Guy Lewin-Smith. Lewin-Smith will take up his post as partner in the US firm’s London corporate team in the New Year. Debevoise Europe managing partner James Kiernan said: “Guy has an impressive breadth of practice. His UK and cross-border M&A and equity capital markets capabilities will strengthen […]

Finland’s Hannes Snellman outstrips rival Roschier

Hannes Snellman has leapfrogged Roschier to become Finland’s largest law firm after a massive 39 per cent leap in turnover. The firm made e45.9m (£32.18m) in gross revenue in its last financial year, compared with Roschier’s e45.1m (£31.61m), but the latter remains Finland’s most profitable, with an average profit per equity partner in excess of […]

Cayman Islands

The volatility of the US sub-prime lending market has highlighted the need for offshore funds to be truly offshore. By Sam Shires and Erin Gray Ensuring that an offshore investment fund is truly managed offshore has always been an important factor for tax reasons, but in these times of turbulent markets the location of the […]

Offshore

What a difference a year or two make when it comes to the expansionary tactics of offshore law firms. Just 24 months ago the offshore legal market was a very different beast. Since then there have been no fewer than four mergers within the ‘offshore magic circle’, not to mention a myriad of office openings. […]

Isle of Man: funds

The Isle of Man has launched two new funds aimed at attracting top overseas investors. Simon Harding and Paul Branford report In September 2006 the Funds Review Group (the FRG) was established and charged with of reviewing the Isle of Man’s investment funds industry. The group, which comprised leading members of both the public and […]

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