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Civil partnerships: a thing of the past?

By Sarah Green This week, the Supreme Court has heard the case of a couple who wish for their relationship to have the same legal status as same-sex civil partners…

Letting standards slip: Hotel owners cannot enforce brand standards

By Edward John An appeal judge refused to grant a hotel owner an order for specific performance requiring the tenant to maintain active trade and keep and run premises in accordance with brand standards. In Zinc Cobham 1 Ltd and ors v Adda Hotels, Zinc Hotels failed in its attempt to force Adda Hotels and […]

Luxembourg: Effect of the insurance distribution directive on the life insurance industry

Directive (EU) 2016/97 on Insurance Distribution of 20 January 2016 (“IDD” or “the Directive”) harmonises national provisions concerning the distribution of insurance and reinsurance products and insurance-based investment products (“IBIPs”) by insurance intermediaries, insurance companies, their employees, and ancillary insurance intermediaries in the European Union. The objective of the present article is not to summarize […]

Bulgaria to introduce derogations from the EU General Data Protection Regulation

The Bulgarian government has announced a set of specific requirements relating to the processing of personal data that it plans to introduce to national legislation in addition to the requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Such specific requirements (commonly known as “derogations”) are allowed by the GDPR in certain areas, such […]

Glencore awarded anti-suit injunction in DRC

In Kamoto Copper Company SA v Africa Horizons Investments Ltd and Ventora Development SASU [2018] EWHC 1086 (Comm) , Mr Justice Males ordered an anti-suit injunction against the defendant companies on the claimant’s application after the second defendant commenced proceedings in the DRC claiming US$2.857bn in relation to the alleged assignment of a royalties agreement…

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So what exactly is going on at Bingham McCutchen’s London finance practice? The Boston-based firm’s London office has witnessed a string of departures from its finance department during the past six months. These have included partner Andy Rothenberg, who left for Jones Day, associates Richard Hodgson and Brian Tomlinson, who have been lured by Linklaters, […]

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Offshore giant Ogier has completed its merger with WSmiths in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), giving the firm access to three further offshore jurisdictions. The newly merged firm, which went live today (1 February), continues to operate under the Ogier brand. Ogier’s chairman Jonathan White retains his role at the helm of the combined firm, […]

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Blackstone Chambers scored a landmark victory today for Nomura as the Court of Appeal rejected all grounds of appeal in a long-running six-figure sex discrimination case against the bank. The judgment in the case of Andrea Madarassy v Nomura International was handed down by Lord Justices Mummery, Laws and Maurice Kay and upheld the two-stage […]

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