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By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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By Luca van Silfhout, Patrick Vettenburg A number of goods and services, listed in an annex to the Dutch VAT Act, qualify for the reduced VAT rate (instead of the regular VAT rate of currently 21%). Among these goods and services are: qualifying medicines, first-aid type supplies such as bandages and qualifying medical aids such […]

US raises bar for International Development Finance with proposed Build Act

By Paul M. Murphy, Mark McAuley Overview: The United States seems to be raising the bar for International Development Finance with the proposed BUILD Act. Through the proposed creation of a new U.S. Government institution, the International Development Finance Corporation, the US looks to create a new paradigm for the developing world – in direct response to […]

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By Ajay Bhargava, Arvind Kumar Ray, Karan Gupta In the recent case of Modi-Mundipharma Private Limited v Union of India & Ors., (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 11802 of 2016), the High Court of Delhi (Court) has clarified that incremental innovation or novel drug delivery systems like lipid / liposomal formulations, sustained release, controlled release, etc. should […]

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White & Case funds partner quits for DLA Piper in New York

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Giggs, gags and lessons to be learnt

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