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What the Financial Collateral Act in Serbia brings to the table

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Financial Collateral Act (“FCA“) on 8 June 2018 (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 44/2018). The FCA bill was proposed by the Serbian Central Bank (National Bank of Serbia, “NBS“) on 22 May 2018 and the FCA will apply as of 1 January 2019. Financial contracts which have not been enforced by […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

‘Valued Landscape’ – not a ‘restrictive policy’

On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

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Allen & Overy (A&O) has been shaken by another conflicts wrangle after taking dual instructions on the multimillion-pound auction of United Biscuits. A&O, led by corporate partner David Wootton, is advising long-term client United Biscuits, the maker of McVitie’s biscuits and Hula Hoops, on its multimillion-pound auction. However, it has emerged that the firm is […]

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Premier backed out of the bid for United Biscuits today, taking its legal advisers at Weil Gotshal & Manges with it. Although it had been reported that Premier could not raise sufficient funds for the bid, a source told The Lawyer that the company, whose brands include Branston and Ambrosia, was not prepared to pay […]

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