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European public procurement: Commentary on Directive 2014/24/EU

The detailed commentary on European public procurement provides an authoritative interpretation of each provision in the main EU Directive on public procurement – Directive 2014/24/EU. It also highlights the application problems and interpretative issues being raised in EU Member States, which in due time will make their way up to the CJEU or even require further legislative interventions.

There is no normal: rapid change requires resilience

Phil Muller, director of legal services at Williams Lea, explains why law firms need to make better use of data, technology and distributed working to future-proof their business models.

Offshore Litigation: Rule in Gibbs applied – Recognition of Singapore moratoria denied in Scotland

In the recent Scottish case of Chang Chin Fen v Cosco Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Ltd, the Outer House of the Court of Session refused petitions brought by debtor companies under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations, 2006 to, amongst other things, recognise moratoria obtained in the Singapore High Court on the basis that to do so would prejudice the rights of a creditor to claim under its English-law governed debt, which stood outside the proposed Singapore schemes.

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Magic circle and US firms win roles on Thomas Cook rescue bid

Clifford Chance is among the firms advising as Chinese conglomerate Fosun confirms its proposed rescue bid for airline Thomas Cook. The deal would see investment company Fosun inject £750m into Thomas Cook as part of a proposed recapitalisation and separation of the group. Corporate partner Tim Lewis and finance partner David Towers led from Clifford Chance […]

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Thomas Cook GC moves over to FTSE 100 developer

Alice Marsden, who has led Thomas Cook’s legal operations for three years, is to become Taylor Wimpey’s general counsel at the end of this year. The move comes as Thomas Cook revealed it has been approached by its largest shareholder Fosun International for a potential sale. However, the travel operator noted there was no certainty […]

Thomas Cook expands hotel portfolio through Aldiana deal

Thomas Cook Group plc has acquired a 42 per cent stake in tour operator Aldiana from the Swiss investment company LMEY Investments.  Thomas Cook will enlarge its portfolio to 190 hotels and resorts in 17 countries worldwide. VIischer advised Thomas Cook as Swiss counsel. The team included under the lead of partner Dr. Benedict F. […]

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Thomas Cook promotes from within as GC Stoehr packs bags

Thomas Cook’s general counsel and chief corporate officer Craig Stoehr has quit the company, with UK and Ireland legal head Alice Marsden named as his successor. Stoehr joined the travel company from Eastgate Capital Group in 2012 and was appointed as chief corporate officer in December 2014. As part of the executive board Stoehr was […]

Shoosmiths enlisted on collapse of LateRooms.com

Shoosmiths is acting on the collapse of package holiday companies Late Rooms and Super Break, after its parent company Malvern Group failed to secure a sale of the business. Manchester-based restructuring partner Sarah Teal is acting for KPMG, which has been appointed as administrator today, alongside senior associate Hollie Wrigley and Hannah Gaskell. The firm […]

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