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Privacy Shield open for self-certification on Aug 1

On August 1 US organisations can finally begin to submit self-certification requests to the Department of Commerce under the new EU-US “Privacy Shield.” This opens a new era for the lawful transfer of personal data from the European Union westward across the Atlantic. The Commerce Department has published a practical guide, “How to Join Privacy Shield: Guide to Self-Certification,” […]

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Tax Issues around Brexit

Our European tax team recentlydelivered a breakfast seminar exploring the tax issues and challenges posed by the result of the EU Referendum. The team covered a range of issues, including: the European framework, including overview of the EU, EEA, Eurozone and other European groupings; the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and the […]

India shuts down Mauritius route

Time to rethink investment structures On May 10 the Indian government issued a press release announcing the signing of a protocol to amend the India-Mauritius tax treaty.1 As a result of these amendments, Mauritius tax residents will no longer be exempt from Indian capital gains tax on sales of shares of Indian resident companies that […]

Insurance: new assessment method for GSIIs

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (“IAIS”) has published its updated assessment methodology for designating global systemically important insurers (“G-SIIs”) (the “Revised Methodology”). As part of the review cycle of the IAIS and following consultations in 2015 the Revised Methodology now comprises five phases and adopts absolute reference values for certain indicators. Additionally, the Revised Methodology incorporates a […]

Outlook in enforcement actions against foreign banks at the new NYDFS

By Matthew L. Biben, Courtney M. Dankworth, Eric R. Dinallo, Mary Beth Hogan, Gregory J. Lyons, David Sarratt, David G. Sewell, Harriet M. Antczak On June 15 Maria Vullo was confirmed as the new Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”), solidifying the first permanent change in leadership at the agency. Since the departure last summer of […]

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Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

Recent Commercial Court decision highlights the importance of strict compliance with claim notification provisions in share and business sale and purchase agreements

In a recently delivered decision, Dodika Limited & Others v. United Luck Group Holdings Limited [2020] EWHC 2101 (Comm), Mr Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the Commercial Court) has ruled that a notice of claim under a tax covenant contained in a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) failed to comply with the requirements of the claim notification provisions in the SPA. As a result, a sum of USD 50 million held in escrow was liable to be released to the SPA sellers.

Cyber security: Proactivity vs reactivity

Worried about the rise in cyber crime? Peter Yapp explains to Counter Terror Business Magazine how to “expect the unexpected” and get proactive when it comes to cyber security.

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Gateley posts third consecutive year of double-digit growth since IPO

Gateley’s revenue has increased by 11 per cent from £77.6m to £86.1m in its third full year as a listed entity. The firm posted double-digit rises across the board for 2017/2018, with profit before tax increasing by nearly 12 per cent from £13.1m in 2016/2017 to £14.6m. Adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBITDA) saw a […]

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