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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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DEAL OF THE WEEK – DANONE

Carnelutti and Bredin Prat handle Danone brand sale Italian law firm Carnelutti and French firm Bredin Prat have advised Danone on its sale of Italian food brand Galbani to private equity group BC Partners.The French dairy products company agreed to sell its Galbani food unit to the UK buyout firm for g1.02bn (£626.7m).The deal is […]

Panel firms prepared for Zurich Commercial rejig

Law firms on Zurich Commercial’s law panel face an imminent shake-up The three-year contracts won by 16 firms in 1999 are due for a reappraisal. A spokesperson for Zurich said: “We can confirm that we’re reviewing the legal panel at the moment and we’re hoping to make a decision by the end of June.” Zurich […]

Clarification

Following an article last week entitled ‘Clarke Willmott slashes entire volume conveyancing practice’, The Lawyer has been asked to clarify that Angela Thompson resigned to join Battens before Clarke Willmott & Clarke’s Bridgwater office closed.

Covington boosts London office with Glaxo hire

Covington & Burling’s London office has hired the former general counsel of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline as senior counsel Jim Beery (left) will join the firm’s core life sciences practice. Before GlaxoSmithKline, Beery worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and the London office of US firm Morrison & Foerster.

Magic circle firms give pro bono spend a boost

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells spent just over $50,000 (£35,000) per US partner on pro bono work last year According to figures released by the firm, the US partners clocked up 17,368 hours of pro bono work, which is equivalent to just under $6m (£4.22m) worth of chargeable time.The figure amounts to around two and […]

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