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Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

Can commonhold be reinvigorated?

By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]

In what circumstances can additional administrators be appointed?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others [2018] EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]

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Imperial Chemical Industries Plc (ICI)

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CC advises International Petroleum

Clifford Chance is among firms advising on the first-ever demutualisation of an investment exchange. The International Petroleum Exchange is converting from a mutual organisation to a profit-making one. Corporate partners Simon Burgess and Hillary Evenett at Clifford Chance are advising the IPE with finance partner Lynn Johanson. One plan involves an offer from the New […]

CC calls off Mallesons talks

CliffordChance is off, according to a senior lawyer at the City firm.Stuart Popham, global head of finance at Clifford Chance, tells The Lawyerthe talks have ended because the firms could not agree on the structure ofthe merged practice.He says: “We had discussions with Mallesons, as we do with firms, and wehave concluded these negotiations because […]

Flotation

Allen & Overy represented the State of Israel on the public offering of a 5 per cent stake in Bank Hapoalim on the London Stock Exchange. The offering was managed by Goldman Sachs International

In brief: Pinsent Curtis

Pinsent Curtis’ managing partner John Pratt is trying to persuade the Government to introduce a new Company Act. As chair of a Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee, Pratt proposes a 10-point plan designed to modernise the country’s “over-complicated and archaic company law system”.

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