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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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TfL general counsel joins Severn Trent

Transport for London’s (TfL) general counsel Fiona Smith has quit after just over two years in the role. Smith, who joined TfL in autumn 2003 is leaving at the end of the year to join Severn Trent as general counsel and company secretary. She will be replaced temporarily by Peter McGuirk. During her time at […]

A&O, CC, DWS win roles on record Islamic bond

Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) have landed instructions to advise on the issue of the largest-ever Islamic bond. The landmark Islamic bond, or Sukuk, is being used to finance Dubai-based container terminal operator DP World’s £3.3bn recommended bid for P&O. The unique financing deal combines a $6.5bn (£3.76bn) loan […]

O’Brien withdraws as Freshfields election kicks off

The Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner election kicked off yesterday with partners set to choose German senior partner Konstantin Mettenheimer with either Guy Morton, Graham Nicholson or Philip Richards. Corporate partner Barry O’Brien has withdrawn his candidacy. It is understood that O’Brien withdrew due to the ongoing Law Society investigation into Freshfields’ conflict of interest […]

Central and Eastern Europe

The Central and Eastern European (CEE) markets are opening up dramatically. As a result, a wider range of financial product is being offered in the region, while the consumer and property markets are also developing. Consequently, the local legal sector is experiencing an equally dynamic evolution. This CEE special report focuses on developments within Russia […]

White & Case leads Thai securitisation

White & Case has advised the lead managers to the Royal Thai Government on its largest securitisation to date. The government issued Bt10.3bn (£143.4m) of notes in four tranches with separate maturities. The bonds are secured by 30-year leases on the government’s new offices at Chaengwatthana and are the first to be sold under a […]

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