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Hungary remains strict on factoring

By Gergely Szalóki Factoring is an increasingly popular product of banks that appeals to corporate clients of whatever size as it provides liquidity to the clients and stable cash flow.  The factoring is usually structured in a way that the vendors of the client do not receive information on the factoring, the bank stays in the background; […]

The implementing Act PSD II adopted by the Dutch Senate

On 4 December 2018, the implementing Act PSD II (Implementatiewet herziene richtlijn betaaldiensten) was adopted by the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) without further debate. The date of entry into force is not yet available. A Decree to further implement PSD  II (Implementatiebesluit herziene richtlijn betaaldiensten) shall also follow.

Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

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Bar access for advice agencies

John Malpas THE YOUNG Barristers Committee has welcomed Bar Council proposals to allow advice agencies direct access to the Bar. And the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay is also understood to be keen on proposals first mooted by Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith at the Legal Action Group conference on legal aid on 23 May. The […]

Road crash deaths stun London chambers

BARRISTERS and solicitors in London have been shaken by the sudden deaths of a clerk and a legal secretary who were killed in a horrific road crash over the recent bank holiday weekend. The 3 Gray’s Inn Square chambers of Rock Tansey QC, has paid tribute to Vicki Raynham, the driver of a Metro which […]

Hodge says election is 'two horse race'

ALL THREE presidential hopefuls claim comfort from The Lawyer’s opinion poll which showed strong support for the anti-establishment candidate Martin Mears alongside general apathy over the elections. The Lawyer polled more than 1,000 practitioners. Of the 300 who had made up their mind who to support, 40 per cent plumped for Hodge, 37 per cent […]

New editor at the helm

The Lawyer has appointed a new editor. Mary Heaney takes over from Fennell Betson. Heaney rejoins The Lawyer after a period editing Lawyer International. Prior to this, she was deputy editor at The Lawyer having worked on the publication for six years. “I am extremely excited at the opportunity to be editor of a magazine […]

BLA wants bureau axed

The British Legal Association is to call for the abolition of the Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau at a requisitioned meeting at the Law Society. Members of the 15,000-strong BLA voted at its annual general meeting to support a motion for abolishing the SCB, returning disciplinary matters to the Law Society and discontinuing all other SCB functions. […]

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