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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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Houston managing partner Sean Gorman is the latest lawyer to walk out of New York law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, taking three of the firm’s litigation associates with him. Gorman, who handles high-risk business disputes, has joined local litigation boutique Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing (AZA) as a partner. On the firm’s website, Gorman […]

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Clifford Chance and Linklaters are advising on talks between Game Group and its lenders, with the company today announcing its intention to file for administration. Linklaters, meanwhile, is understood to be in line to pick up the role for the administrator when Game appoints one shortly. Clifford Chance restructuring partner Iain White is leading for […]

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Data on US firms advising a UK target has highlighted the marked trend towards lower deal volumes since the zenith of 2007, with the occasional higher value matter thrown in. According to figures from Thomson Reuters taken from 2007 to the tail-end of 2011, US deals machine Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has been […]

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