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On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Allen & Overy battles £26.2m pension hole

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Allen & Overy puts Japan arm on trial

Allen & Overy (A&O) is conducting a wholesale strategic review of its underperforming Tokyo office. The magic circle firm’s management will meet to discuss the Tokyo arm in an attempt to establish a consensus on its future direction. Options that will be considered include closing the office or scaling it back. Another possible scenario might […]

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