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Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

Can commonhold be reinvigorated?

By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]

In what circumstances can additional administrators be appointed?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others [2018] EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]

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Chef and dumb

Maybe something was lost in the translation, but an invitation to the opening of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s new London offices at 10 Gresham Street was somewhat devalued when it got the name of its star chef wrong. The delightful pictures of the grub were accompanied by the legend: “Enjoy an evening with foods […]

Linklaters breaks the mould with Euro banking deals

Linklaters has scored two deals on groundbreaking covenant-lite transactions in Europe. The firm is advising underwriters and arrangers JPMorgan for private equity firm Apax Partners’ proposed acquisition of a 49.9 per cent stake in Trader Media Investments from Guardian Media Group. Covenant-lite refers to transactions that do not include the traditional financial covenants, typical of […]

Bond Pearce culls PI team after panel failure

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Apparently Conyers Dill is trying to get into Islamic finance. The firm is organising a seminar and has sent out invitations to clients, financial institutions and Islamic scholars. The event? A champagne reception.

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