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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Flotations & Financing

Michael Brader, corporate partner at Olswang, led a team acting for Inter-Europe.Com on its equity investment of £1.75m from Atlas Venture Fund and Botts Capital Nominees. An SJ Berwin & Co team, led by Martin Bowen, advised the investors.

… as Clifford Chance becomes LLP

Clifford Chance will become a New York limited liability partnership (LLP) when it merges with Rogers & Wells. Rogers & Wells is a New York LLP, and managing partner Larry Cranch says keeping the US firm’s protected status was a condition for the merger. LLPs protect partners’ personal assets from negligence claims against the firm. […]

International ruling lifts curse for Egypt investors

Lawyers are predicting an influx of UK investment into Egypt after the country’s government has been forced by an international body to recognise treaty rules on contracts for the first time. The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), affiliated to the World Bank, pushed a $60m claim by British hotel group Wena […]

Property

SJ Berwin & Co, headed by property finance partner David Ryland, has advised Schroders on the securitisation of the Chiswick Park Property Unit Trust which is acquiring the Chiswick Park business development site. The site is being acquired from a subsidiary of shipping group Kvaerner for £50m

Turning up the heat on the energy market

As confidence returns to the energy and utilities sector, Claire Smith weighs up the pros and cons of going in-house or private practice. When Herbert Smith opened an office in Moscow last month to focus on energy and natural resources, it signalled a new optimism in a sector which had been rocked by economic crises […]

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