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What the Financial Collateral Act in Serbia brings to the table

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Financial Collateral Act (“FCA“) on 8 June 2018 (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 44/2018). The FCA bill was proposed by the Serbian Central Bank (National Bank of Serbia, “NBS“) on 22 May 2018 and the FCA will apply as of 1 January 2019. Financial contracts which have not been enforced by […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

‘Valued Landscape’ – not a ‘restrictive policy’

On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

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The Anorak

Amsterdam and London recently played host to two very different conferences on new media technology. In the terribly hip and happening city of London, the big players met to discuss the future media, business and legal problems streaming media presents. And in Amsterdam, a bunch of artists, activists and anarchists hung around the trendier bars […]

Shearmans City partner leaves finance group

Shearman & Sterling‘s London office is losing a project finance partner, believed to be the first partner to leave since the firm launched its UK law capability in 1996. Rupert Walker, who was one of the founding lawyers in the UK law practice when he moved to Shearmans from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in […]

Chiomenti finance head quits

Top Italian firm Chiomenti Studio Legale is losing its head of international finance in Milan to Allen & Overy (A&O). The move comes just weeks after merger talks between Chiomenti and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer took place. Franco Vigliano, who is also the head of the firm’s project finance and infrastructure finance group, is moving along […]

Howard Kennedy pioneers UK software financing structure

Howard Kennedy has acted on what is believed to be the first UK loan facility for the software industry to base its structure on that used for film financing. Howard Kennedy’s client Bank Leumi has provided a £ loan facility to computer games company Infogrames, which will be used to develop two new games. But […]

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