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Civil partnerships: a thing of the past?

By Sarah Green This week, the Supreme Court has heard the case of a couple who wish for their relationship to have the same legal status as same-sex civil partners…

Letting standards slip: Hotel owners cannot enforce brand standards

By Edward John An appeal judge refused to grant a hotel owner an order for specific performance requiring the tenant to maintain active trade and keep and run premises in accordance with brand standards. In Zinc Cobham 1 Ltd and ors v Adda Hotels, Zinc Hotels failed in its attempt to force Adda Hotels and […]

Luxembourg: Effect of the insurance distribution directive on the life insurance industry

Directive (EU) 2016/97 on Insurance Distribution of 20 January 2016 (“IDD” or “the Directive”) harmonises national provisions concerning the distribution of insurance and reinsurance products and insurance-based investment products (“IBIPs”) by insurance intermediaries, insurance companies, their employees, and ancillary insurance intermediaries in the European Union. The objective of the present article is not to summarize […]

Bulgaria to introduce derogations from the EU General Data Protection Regulation

The Bulgarian government has announced a set of specific requirements relating to the processing of personal data that it plans to introduce to national legislation in addition to the requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Such specific requirements (commonly known as “derogations”) are allowed by the GDPR in certain areas, such […]

Glencore awarded anti-suit injunction in DRC

In Kamoto Copper Company SA v Africa Horizons Investments Ltd and Ventora Development SASU [2018] EWHC 1086 (Comm) , Mr Justice Males ordered an anti-suit injunction against the defendant companies on the claimant’s application after the second defendant commenced proceedings in the DRC claiming US$2.857bn in relation to the alleged assignment of a royalties agreement…

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At the end of last year, many expressed disappointment at the outcome of the Doha Conference, particularly representatives of the developing countries who have criticised the “lack of ambition” in decisions on mitigation and finance. However, on the positive side, it should be said that the conference did agree a second Kyoto commitment period to […]

Debt programme updates/establishments and the new PD regime — an update

The debt capital market continues to come to terms with the requirements of the new Prospectus Directive (PD) regime. As noted in the previous edition of this note, issuers with debt programmes established or last updated before 1 July 2012 will now have to ensure that relevant amendments are made to base prospectuses at the […]

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On 18 February 2013, the Belgian government approved a new package of measures (Twin Peaks II). The measures are aimed at increasing consumer protection and strengthening the powers of the Belgian financial supervisor (FSMA). The formal proposals will become publicly available at a later stage. The package includes a range of measures as outlined in […]

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Snags in the great legal sell-off

If Whitehall lawyers are to be part of a civil service spin-out, there are state and EU legalities to consider Earlier this month, The Independent reported that Whitehall’s lawyers are to be part of the ‘great civil service sell-off’ along with IT and personnel. These functions are to be spun off into joint venture companies […]

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