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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Dewey storms race to secure Wind purchase

Gianni and Bonelli lose out as US firm triumphs in Italian telecoms contest Dewey Ballantine client Weather Investments has won out in the high-profile contest for Italian telecommunications group Wind, tabling a stunning €12.2bn (£8.34bn) offer to defeat a bid by Blackstone. Dewey Italian head Bruno Gattai advised Weather, the bid vehicle led by Egyptian […]

ABN Amro picks Cleary in bid to buy Italian bank

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising ABN Amro on its audacious bid to acquire Italian bank Banca Antonveneta. It is believed that, if successful, it would be the first time that a non-domestic bank has gained control of an Italian bank. ABN Amro is already a 13 per cent shareholder in Banca Antonveneta and […]

Arnold & Porter adds Thelen duo to expanding NY office

Washington DC’s Arnold & Porter has continued its attack on the New York market with the hire of two Thelen Reid & Priest partners. Securities litigation specialists Richard Swanson and Veronica Rendon joined Arnold & Porter early in April. Swanson was co-chair of his former firm’s corporate and securities litigation group. The pair advise on securities […]

Herbies gets £10m for DTI advice

Herbert Smith has racked up almost £10m in fees after advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the launch of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The firm pitched against a number of City rivals to scoop the two-year contract to advise the DTI on issues including the contractual framework needed to be put […]

Dentons hits the merger trail again

Merger is not a strategy. Howard Morris knows this, but Denton Wilde Sapte’s history seems to suggest otherwise. In 1998 the Denton Hall side embarked on comic three-way negotiations with Theodore Goddard and Richards Butler. That would never have created the most dynamic firm in the world, but it probably would have been the politest. Wilde Sapte […]

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