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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 […]

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Allen & Overy (Trevor Borthwick) advised the Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank as joint arrangers on the £560m acquisition of Regional Independent Media Holdings by Johnston Press. Johnston advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Regional Independent Media advised by Macfarlanes. Linklaters advised the underwriters on the rights issue. Norton Rose is advising Group 4 […]

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