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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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Nabarros loses threesome

Nabarro Nathanson has lost three of its nine construction partners in the past few weeks, including the head of the department, Martin Bridgewater, in the wake of a massive reorganisation of the firm. Bridgewater has stepped down as a partner and head of the construction group but remains with the firm on a consultancy basis. […]

US SEC concerns prompt PW to turn down deal work

Price Waterhouse’s European legal network hit its first problem with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last month. Paul Downing, head of the network, has admitted that the firm had turned down the offer to do the legal work on a bond issue in the Netherlands two weeks ago because the audit engagement partner […]

Strategic council post

Chelmsford solicitor Gay Hollebon has been appointed assistant chief executive at the borough. His role will be to manage the council’s public relations and marketing, as well as to head a new strategy and programme management unit, with the task of over-seeing the council’s long-term strategy. Hollebon has been with the council for nine years.

No blow show in boxing match

When 1980s middleweight boxer Mark Kaylor and manager Terry Lawless squared up at London’s Royal Courts of Justice recently their towels were thrown in almost without a punch being thrown. The case, which had been expected to lift the lid on the fight game, ended up keeping it firmly in place. The Press had been […]

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