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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

By Mateja Ule In the past years, Slovenian courts have been faced with several actions filed by consumers requesting the court to declare loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs null and void. While the courts of first and second instance seemed to struggle to find a common approach in assessing the validity of Swiss francs loan […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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Picking winners – and losers

If Olympic selection committees want to avoid appeals, their various policies need to be brought together The British Olympic Association (BOA) has promised that it will be sending “our greatest team” to the London 2012 Games. Around 550 athletes will be selected for Team GB and competition for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete at a […]

Silk road

One Essex Court and 39 Essex Street target Singapore There was much scoffing at the bar when The Lawyer revealed that six silks from 4 Pump Court were to join a new venture in Hong Kong aimed at attracting arbitration instructions. Yet just weeks later One Essex Court and 39 Essex Street have announced their […]

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Bakers boosts banking with Freshfields hire

Baker & McKenzie’s London office has made its third hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the last 12 months, naming senior associate Sebastien Marcelin-Rice as partner in the firm’s banking and finance group. The hire comes days after the Chicago-based firm announced that three former Kirkland & Ellis partners will be joining its domestic private […]

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Marks & Clerk seals victory for Czech brewer in long-running ‘Bud Wars’ dispute

Trademark lawyers at Marks & Clerk have succeeded in the latest round of the so-called Bud Wars litigation by fending off attempts by a US brewery to ban Czech rival Budějovický Budvar from using the Budweiser name. Partners Mark Blair and Kirsten Gilberthave acted for Budvar in the long-running case, with James Mellor QC of […]

New ESMA guidance signals more flexible approach on global depositary receipts

On 20 June 2012, the European Securities Markets Authority published new guidance on the use of ‘up to amount’ listings of global depositary receipts (GDRs) which provides much needed clarity to issuers and participants in the European GDR markets. The ESMA guidance states that, if an issuer issues new shares after the date of its […]

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