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The legal hub – Create the ideal state for your corporate legal team

Corporate legal teams are under constant pressure to deliver more value to their organisations. Growing demand and changing expectations from the business mean that legal departments are adapting to embrace innovation and requiring their network of external counsel to do the same. Generally, corporate legal teams are adopting new technologies and adapting to changing pressures […]

Russian sanctions against Ukraine: Ban on the import of certain commodities

A ban on the import into Russia of certain commodities, the country of origin of which is Ukraine or which move through the territory of Ukraine was introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83. The list of the commodities prohibited for import is provided in […]

Draft patent (amendment) rules, 2018 published for objections and suggestions

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

Amendment to S. 197 of companies act, 2013 notified: Government approval no longer required for enhancement of managerial remuneration

In a long awaited move, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (CA Amendment Act), relating to managerial remuneration, which are now in force with effect from 12 September 2018. By way of a notification, the amendments to Section 197 and Schedule V of the Companies […]

Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

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Orrick gains SEC recruit for securities litigation push

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has landed a former lawyer from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Washington DC office. James Meyers is joining as a securities litigation partner from the SEC where he was assistant chief litigation counsel in the division of enforcement. Meyers’ appointment is one step in Orrick’s ambitious stance […]

Vinson opens in Tokyo while closing Singapore

Vinson & Elkins has opened a new office in Tokyo and closed its Singapore branch. Tokyo will assist US clients investing in Japan. The Chinese practice has also forged a consulting relationship with its former administrative partner Handel Lee, who will become chairman of China’s King & Wood on 18 October. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com […]

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House rules

What happens when a bankrupt’s house has negative equity? This year’s changes to the Insolvency Act provide the answer. Adrian Hyde reports This year saw the first major revision of the personal insolvency provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 come into effect. On 1 April the amendments to the Insolvency Act came into effect through […]

Stephensons boosts corporate team to eleven

Stephenson Harwood has reappointed former corporate finance partner Peter Bradley, bolstering the London corporate team to 11. Bradley left in December 2000 to join KLegal (now McGrigors), which he left in March when the firm restructured its London corporate team.

FSA’s tough line forces Invesco legal shake-up

SEC fine and UK regulatory burden spark massive investment in legal function Asset management company Invesco UK is to double its in-house legal expertise following the $450m (£249.5m) fine imposed on its parent company Amvescap by the Securities and Exchange Commission for improper trading. The revelation coincides with claims that the wider UK financial services industry is […]

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