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CEE legislation tracker: Czech Republic

Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Interest-free state loans and guarantees Following the first three credit and guarantee initiatives COVID I, II and COVID Prague designed for the small and medium sized enterprises, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (“MoIT”) and the Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank (“CMGDB”) are now planning a COVID III guarantee. COVID […]

CEE legislation tracker: Turkey

Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Article 23 to 27 of the Capital Markets Law (governing material transactions and minority shareholders, including the right to exit, the offer to buy shares, the obligation to buy shares, the right to sell) will not apply to the transactions of the Turkey Wealth Fund, sub-funds and companies that will […]


A necessity or an extravagance?

Patrick Stewart examines the case for retaining a London base as Australian firms reassess the value of their overseas offices. London has long been a popular destination for Australian firms, but, with the recent withdrawal of Freehill Hollingdale & Page, Allen Allen & Hemsley and Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks from the capital, the consensus appears […]

Bingham questions public defender concept

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, has questioned whether lawyers working in a public defender system would be sufficiently motivated to do the job properly. Speaking at his second “meet the press” session since becoming Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham was distinctly cool about the potential worth of a public defender system. He questioned whether […]

Larry Cohen suggests a simple way of curbing the paparazzi

Larry Cohen suggests a simple way of curbing the paparazzi. Larry Cohen is head of the intellectual property unit at Hammond Suddards.. With public confidence in the press at an all-time low and Lord Wakeham’s review of the rules governing privacy and harassment seeming to promise little more than greater self-regulation, the time may be […]

Tackling tax down under

Tax reform is on the agenda in Australia as the government seeks ways of funding pensions, reports Louise McBride. Louise McBride is a tax partner at the Sydney office of Clayton Utz. Australia’s taxation system is in danger of imploding. Without urgent reform, it will not be able to support the number of people who […]

Linklaters remains leader of the pack

Linklaters & Paines remains the top international law firm for the value of its private finance infrastructure deals, according to Privatisation International’s latest figures for 1996 to 1997. It leads the field in Asia, the area which is proving by far the most lucrative for advisers on infrastructure projects, and in the UK. But Baker […]

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