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Switzerland – restructuring and insolvency activity

The Swiss federal government’s Expert Group expects Switzerland’s GDP to fall by 1.5 per cent in 2020, down from previous expectations in December 2019 that predicted a rise of 1.3 per cent, mainly because of covid-19.

Romania – Consumer protection updates in the audio-visual media field

In November 2018, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union enacted the Directive (EU) 2018/1808 amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination on certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administration in Member States concerning the provision of audio-visual media services in view of changing market realities (the “Audio-Visual Media Services Directive”).

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Law Society calls for FRS5 clarification

The Law Society president has written to the Accounting Standards Board urging clarification of new tax rules in a bid to wipe out widespread confusion over FRS5. FRS5 Application Note G, which relates to the way profits and work in progress are calculated in accounts, was first introduced eight months ago. The Law Society is […]

Andrew Milne: an apology

On 12th August, The Lawyer.com apologised in court to solicitor Andrew Milne in respect of an article entitled “Zaiwallas in £1.2m profit share row with ex-managing partner” published on The Lawyer.com from 22 February 1999 until 8 June 2004. The statement was made in proceedings for libel issued by Mr Milne. We apologised for reporting […]

California leads Kerry donations

West Coast law firms have helped Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry raise more money in California, making the state the party’s leading contributor in the US. By the end of June, Californian donations for Kerry’s bid for the White House totalled $23.6m (£12.9m), amounting to 21 per cent of his overall donations across the country, according to information produced […]

Bingham ramps up securities litigation

Bingham McCutchen has boosted its securities litigation practice with the hire of a specialist partner for its Boston office. Jordan Hershman, former co-chairman of Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault’s securities litigation group, joins Bingham as a senior member. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 11 August

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