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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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FFW hikes profit by a fifth after policy shift

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has boosted its profit by a massive 19 per cent, from £325,000 last year to £390,000, following a comprehensive strategy overhaul. The firm has smashed its budget: top of equity has soared past the £600,000 barrier, which is more than £100,000 up on projections. “This is genuine growth and isn’t a […]

Offshore: Switzerland

According to figures published by the Swiss Federal Department of Finance in May 2005, there are 339 banks in Switzerland holding deposits from foreign investors with a total value of CHF1,967bn (about £860bn). Switzerland is, and has for a long time been, the world leader in private banking. According to some estimations, 30 per cent […]

CC cements France Télécom relationship with share disposal work

Clifford Chance‘s Paris office has strengthened its relationship with France Télécom with a role on its e4bn (£2.7bn) disposal of shares. Partner Frédéric Peltier led the team advising France Télécom holding company Erap on the sale, which was announced on 6 June. The firm also advised on a share sale in 2004 and earlier this […]

Cobbetts acts for Highland Gold on fundraising

National firm Cobbetts has consolidated its relationship with AIM-listed Highland Gold after advising the Russian mining company on a deal with US mining giant Barrick Gold Corporation. As part of the $50m (£27.5m) deal, Barrick and Highland Gold entered into an agreement to enable the former company to increase its stake in Highland Gold from […]

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