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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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Deals summary

Landwell (Celia Gardiner, Mark Satterly) is advising on the cross-border insolvency of Folksam International, the reinsurance arm of one of Sweden’s largest insurers. Speechly Bircham (Michael Lingens) acted for the shareholders of CareTech Community Services on the sale of its shares as part of a secondary buyout backed by Barclays Private Equity. Barclays advised by […]

Herbert Smith advises Kruidvat on selloff of Superdrug

Herbert Smith is acting for Dutch retail giant Kruidvat on the £800m sale of its retail and beauty business, including the 700-store Superdrug business, to Hutchison Whampoa. The deal has yet to complete.As part of its rollout, Hutchison, which is launching a 3G mobile phone service in October, is expected to distribute the new phones […]

Opinion

If the property market responds to the findings of the research carried out for the British Council for Offices (BCO), many of the features of the commercial letting market that cause such inconvenience to tenants would be swept away. Now may be the time for the property industry to respond.The BCO’s research report concludes that […]

Clifford Chance gears up for senior partner battle

Six candidates vie for top spot; Gasteyer the only non-UK partner in the running Clifford Chance is bracing itself for the closest elections in the merged firm’s two-year history as six candidates put themselves forward for senior partner.At close of play on Friday (30 August), the following partners had declared their interest: arbitration partner John […]

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