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Parallel import guidance clarified by CJEU

By Charlie Bond and John Coldham The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a ruling clarifying what you can, and cannot, do if you wish to import goods from one Member State of the EU to another. In summary, it has ruled that the trademark owner cannot oppose the further commercialisation of […]

Canadian cannabis companies gaining traction in US

By Henry A Harris and Stephen Franchetto With the Cannabis Act (Bill C 45) set to be voted on by the Senate of Canada in two weeks (June 7, 2018) and legalization of marijuana expected in the coming months, Canada’s largest cannabis company today became the first marijuana producer to be approved for listing on the […]

Draft law: Russia’s counter-sanctions against the US and other states

On 17 May 2018, the State Duma adopted in the second reading the draft Federal Law ‘On the Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the USA and(or) other Foreign States’ (hereinafter – the ‘Draft Law’). Compared to the initial version introduced by a group of deputies in April this year, the Draft Law […]

Poland: Basic legal aspects of branch and representative office activity

By Łukasz Szostak Under the Polish law, a foreign entrepreneur may, based on the reciprocity principle, set up its branch in the Republic of Poland. The scope of the branch’s activity may include only the activity that is performed by the entrepreneur in the country of its incorporation…

Mongolia: Legal summary on electronic money regulation

The new law on the National Payment System, dated 31 May 2017, shall become effective from 1 January 2018. The importance of the new law is an integrated payment system launch between the Central Bank, commercial banks, legal entities, other financial institutions and individual customers. As result of the law enactment, the Central Bank will […]

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Camerons takes in-house team from property client

CMS Cameron McKenna is taking on a property company’s in-house legal department and picking up all its commercial real estate work. Michael Leighton, head of the in-house legal team at the property division of FTSE 100 company Taylor Woodrow, is joining Camerons with solicitor Mona Flahive and two other staff. The team will become part […]

Retail

The retail sector is under attack from escalating consumer demand for e-commerce. All major supermarkets and clothing outlets are having to head online, and even the largest players are facing up to new rivals, mergers, consolidation and takeovers. The largest deal of 1999 was Wal-Mart’s acquisition of Asda, which saw the US giant pay £6.7bn […]

Energy

Intense regulation, price cuts and mergers have all had a knock-on effect for lawyers specialising in the energy field. Since regulatory bodies in charge of electricity and water demanded that companies slash domestic bills, businesses are calling on their lawyers to advise them on the changes. In turn, lawyers have been expanding their skills in […]

Slaughters defends Bestfoods takeover

Slaughter and May is preparing to do battle with the European Commission as Unilever finally wins control of US rival Bestfoods. The $20.3bn (£13.3bn) take over of Bestfoods, on which Unilever is is also paying $4bn (£2.6bn) of debt, was approved by its shareholders on 7 June, and will create the second largest consumer products […]

Food and Leisure

At the start of the year, the food and leisure industry emerged fresh from the £1.26bn sale of United Biscuits to an international consortium, the merger of brewer Scottish & Newcastle and the Danone Group, and the marriage of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan. With massive consolidation sweeping the sector, in-house teams are on the lookout […]

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