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Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ Brexit

By David Kilduff, Richard Auton or Richard Butterworth On 13 September 2018, the UK government published further guidance on the future of public procurement in the UK in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. What next for UK public procurement? Under current rules, all procurement opportunities that fall within the scope of the EU procurement […]

Third party redevelopment – Landlord may oppose tenant’s lease renewal

By Matthew Lonergan, Lucy Shepherd A recent case has confirmed that a landlord was entitled to oppose its tenant’s lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 where redevelopment of the site was to be undertaken by a third party. Background The case of Santander UK PLC v LPS Estates Ltd concerned the security of […]

Sunset of £500K, dawn of GDPR enforcement and horizon of Brexit

By JP Buckley In just a short space of time, the ever-evolving world of data protection and cyber has seen yet more change: 1. Potentially one of the last enforcement actions under the Data Protection Act 1998 against Equifax – and a maximum £500,000 fine for them for failing to secure UK citizens’ personal data against […]

Officer of judgment debtor can be committed for failure to provide information under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

Deutsche Bank AG v Mr Alexander Vik [2018] EWCA Civ 2011 This judgment is the latest instalment in the long-running litigation between Deutsche Bank (“DB”) and the Monaco-based billionaire, Alexander Vik. In 2008, Mr Vik’s personal investment vehicle, Sebastian Holdings, Inc. (“SHI”), incurred huge debts to DB after it made a series of heavily loss […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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Bloxham age case: Freshfields chiefs to give evidence

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been accused of insufficient consultation leading up to its 2006 partners’ pension reform and forcing out its former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham, an employment tribunal heard today. Bloxham, who retired from the firm last October, is making three complaints of direct and indirect age discrimination. These arise out of last year’s […]

Shearman launches in Shanghai

New York-based Shearman & Sterling has opened an office in Shanghai, the firm’s third base in China. The Shanghai outfit will practise projects, finance, capital markets and M&A law for clients in Central and Southern China and follows the firm’s offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. The Shanghai team will be led by partner Andrew […]

Lovells, CC play key roles in German private equity deal

Lovells’ German practice has acted for longstanding private equity client Advent International in its €770m (£520m) acquisition of Permira’s majority position in discount retailer Takko. The fashion chain, which has 1,059 stores worldwide, with 836 in Germany, was bought by Advent in partnership with Takko’s management, led by its managing director Arnold Mattschull. The management […]

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