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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Glas Cymru

In the first bid of its kind, Clifford Chance partners Steve Curtis and Alan Inglis are advising Citibank and RBS on the financing of Glas Cymru’s £1.8bn offer for Welsh Water. The bid is being financed wholly by bond debt, with only a nominal amount of equity. Regulated utility providers in the UK have struggled […]

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Practical advice for clients is not easy. As Tarlo Lyons IT partner George Gardiner says: “There is no act to mandate for the level of security you should use for any system – so it all comes down to what is appropriate.” The Data Protection Act 1998 is the leading legislation in this area. Bill […]

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Virgin Mobile taps JP Morgan Securities and the Royal Bank of Scotland for £100m financing. Allen & Overy advised JP Morgan and Royal Bank of Scotland (Stephen Gillespie)

Deals of the Week:Virgin mobile & rank holiday division

These two deals are part of a slew of transactions A&O’s Stephen Gillespie has pulled off in the past few weeks. Both the Virgin Mobile and Rank Holiday Division deals stand out in their own right. Virgin Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). It does not itself own a mobile licence but instead […]

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