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Merger control: Guidance paper on new transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany

In the second half of 2017 both Austria and Germany introduced transaction value based thresholds as alternatives to purely turnover based thresholds that trigger the obligation to obtain merger control approval. The Austrian test pursuant to section 9 (4) Austrian Cartel Act (“ACA”) requires, amongst others, the consideration for a transaction to exceed EUR 200 […]

Danube port legislation: building a bridge across various jurisdictions

The Danube is the longest river in Central Europe, and thus has significant economic potential. However, the full potential of the Danube as a major transport route has not yet been exploited. A reason for this is the fact that the Danube crosses ten countries, and there are, as a result, ten different applicable port […]

Social Housing Monthly Law Update – July 2018

By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent Chair appointed to lead independent review into planning appeal inquiries Registered Social Landlords Bill gains Royal Assent Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing New powers […]

Industrial strategy: government proposals to use IP to stimulate innovation

By Jo Pritchard The government has recently published the outcome of its consultation on maximising the incentives of the IP (intellectual property) system to stimulate collaborative innovation and licensing opportunities. The call for views was one of a number of initiatives on IP announced by the government as part of its Industrial Strategy in November 2017.   Views […]

Express duty of good faith: rescuing drafting deficiencies

By Susan Honeyands The High Court has recently held that an obligation to act in good faith was breached when a company managing referrals to physiotherapy clinics used the other party’s information to set up a rival business. The case is interesting because the express good faith clause rescued other drafting deficiencies, in particular, the […]

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The world of solicitors’ financial services has been through a profound upheaval since the Financial Services Authority (FSA) assumed responsibility for regulation. The arrival of the FSA in December 2001 was heralded by an explosion in the volume and complexity of regulatory edict and increases in the cost of doing business. At the same time, […]

Linklaters pulls plug on CSET donations

Linklaters has broken ranks and pulled out of a programme aimed at helping cash-strapped university law departments to turn its attention to more “sophisticated” initiatives. The firm has given notice to the City Solicitors Educational Trust (CSET) that it intends to stop its annual donations of around £75,000. This decision is a huge blow for […]

Linklaters New York bags ex-Shearman chief

Linklaters’ New York office has returned to Shearman & Sterling for new recruits, this time taking on the former co-head of the US firm’s securitisation and derivatives group. Gary Barnett joins Linklaters as a partner and will be reunited with former colleague and litigation expert Paul Wickes, who joined Linklaters in July last year. Since […]

Fiction diction

Journalists know all too well that PR folk move in mysterious ways. Whatever the senior bods at PR school are dishing out to their charges in the way of advice, though, is anyone’s guess. In a press release distributed by Birmingham PR firm Clarke Associates last week, a new hire at Shoosmiths was described as […]

Manches family partner jumps ship to Blandys

Manches has lost a family law partner to Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy. Kerry Fretwell joins the Reading firm as a partner, specialising in ancillary relief and cases involving children. She is part of the Solicitors Family Law Association Training Committee and was also involved in setting up the Collaborative Family Law Group, a […]

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