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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

By Mateja Ule In the past years, Slovenian courts have been faced with several actions filed by consumers requesting the court to declare loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs null and void. While the courts of first and second instance seemed to struggle to find a common approach in assessing the validity of Swiss francs loan […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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Europe’s competition watchdogs went into hyperdrive as 2005 drew to climactic end. The European Commission charged Microsoft with failing to comply with its antitrust ruling of 2004. The move outraged Microsoft lawyers, who complained that the regulator continued to move the goalposts. EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes found that Microsoft had supplied incomplete and inaccurate […]

Winston boss set to appeal judge’s ruling in wage row

A senior partner of US firm Winston & Strawn is to appeal a ruling by a Manhattan judge, which dismissed most of his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the firm. Anthony LoFrisco, 73, who is still a partner in the New York office of Winston, has been attempting to sue the firm for millions of dollars in […]

Linklaters in merger talks with Giliberti

Linklaters has entered merger discussions with leading Milan-based M&A boutique Giliberti Pappalettera Triscornia e Associati in its efforts to re-enter the Italian market following its split from long-term Italian ally Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners. According to well-placed sources, the magic circle firm is planning to hold preliminary discussions with the seven-partner Italian independent with […]

De Brauw top dog gives up board role

Jaap de Keijzer, the managing partner of Dutch heavyweight De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, has stood down from the board to be succeeded by litigation head Mark Biesheuvel.

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