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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

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 […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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Eversheds beats Hammonds to Magic Moments contract

Hammond Suddards Edge has lost out to Eversheds’ Nottingham office on acting for Magic Moments Internet on its acquisition of German-based One 2 One Advertising and Telecommunications. The AIM-listed internet company, soon to change its name to Host Europe, is a long-term client of Hammonds’ Manchester office. However, Eversheds won the work after undergoing a […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – petroplus

This is the first high-yield debt issue this year for the London offices of Weil Gotshal & Manges and Latham & Watkins after the market dipped at the end of 2000. The deal, which was completed in just over a week, is a rerun of Petroplus’ first high-yield debt offering in October last year, when […]

Nabarros boosts employment with top Morgan Cole partner

Nabarro Nathanson has bolstered its London employment practice with the hire of Morgan Cole’s highly-rated head of employment. The firm has also appointed a new head of commercial litigation in Sheffield, taken from DLA. Sue Ashtiany will take on the new role of London employment head. Until now the London practice has been managed on […]

Staying alive

Stephen Foster is a banking partner at CMS Cameron McKenna. The consultation period for the joint DTI/HM Treasury Review Group on Company Rescue and Business Reconstruction Mechanisms, which wishes to lend greater support to a culture of enterprise and thus improve the legal and commercial infrastructure in the UK, ended earlier this month. The Government […]

A new realm

The change in market attitudes towards new economy companies has caused, or at least accelerated, a number of high-profile casualties. The old attitude allowed many companies to get off the ground even though they did not satisfy the traditional tests of long-term viability. But the combination of this and the now cautious market are a […]

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