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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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Competition stories, it seems, are like buses. You wait around for ages for one to arrive and then two come along at once. Europe’s Court of First Instance (CFI) has had a particularly busy morning, ruling on two competition-related cases with wide repercussions. For the first, we really did have to wait a long time: […]

Court in the middle

Birmingham is making a strong case for the High Court’s permanent residency in the city in tandem with the city’s professional services lobbying group Birmingham Forward. Early last year Birmingham’s legal community, including the Birmingham Law Society, No5 Chambers and St Philips, joined forces with the city’s professional services lobbying group Birmingham Forward to publish […]

Ashurst secures activist investor’s HSBC bid role

Ashurst‘s bold strategy of targeting activist investors as clients is paying off, with the top 10 firm advising a boldface activist on its current assault on HSBC. US-headquartered asset manager Knight Vinke has turned to Ashurst for strategic advice on its focus on the UK’s biggest bank. The shareholder activist now has the backing of […]

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