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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised new client JO Hambro Investment Management (Johim) on the launch of two new investment funds.

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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 […]

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