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Water (power) march! An overview of the new funding system for hydropower

By Felix Schneider, Philipp Strondl On September 16, 2020, the eagerly awaited draft of the federal law on the expansion of energy from renewable sources (Renewable Expansion Law –  EAG ) was submitted for assessment. Comments on this can only be submitted until October 28, 2020. The draft brings significant changes to the funding system for hydropower plants and is intended […]

Personal injury compensation claims – How to obtain an award appropriate to the financial implications of the injury

By Piero Mastrosimone Nobody can possibly tell when they may have the misfortune to have a serious or life-changing accident. Rarely does anyone plan their response to such an event. It goes without saying that any severe accident is devastating but an accident abroad can be overwhelming. The Association of British Insurers (ABI)  report 3,000 British […]

The ediscovery process from start to finish

Discovery, an all-too-familiar term for most legal professionals, is the litigation phase during which the parties dispute and exchange information and evidence relevant to the lawsuit. So that being said, what exactly is ediscovery? Electronic discovery, commonly known as ediscovery, is exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) during the discovery process. Discoverable ESI typically includes relevant […]

State of calamity and state of emergency

The state of emergency started in Portugal at 00.00 a.m. of 19 March, enacted through Decree of the President of the Republic no. 14-A/2020, of 18 March. Having been renewed twice through Decree no. 17-A/2020, of 2 April, and Decree no. 20-A/2020, of 17 April, the state of emergency was extended until 11:59 p.m. of […]

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Deals summary

White & Case (Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes) represented ABN Amro Bank and JP Morgan Europe on the $150m (£103.5m) bond issue for Kazkommerts International. Issuer advised by Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Drew Salvest). Linklaters (Roberto Christofolini) advised Crédit Lyonnais and Crédit Agricole Indosuez-Lazard as arranger and sole underwriter for the e143.7m (£89.6m) convertible bond issue by […]

Shoosmiths wins WHSmith panel place

Shoosmiths has taken the place of Dechert on the WHSmiths property panel after beating competition from eight other firms in a major review Dechert joins existing provider Manches in a two-way partnership. The work includes property acquisitions, disposals, property litigation and property management. The stationery retailer revealed plans late last year to increase its number […]

Eversheds looks for Dutch ally as Boekel link folds…

Eversheds is in the market for a new merger partner in the Netherlands after agreeing to break off its exclusive association with Boekel de Nerée The decision – revealed last week on www.thelawyer. com/lawyernews – comes as litigation partner Alan Jenkins steps into the role of international director, previously held by Victor Semmens, who retires […]

Mayer Brown caught in CFS fraud firing line

Fraud and negligence charges denied by US firm; no limited liability in Illinois Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw stands accused of securities fraud and negligence by institutional investors in bankrupt US company Commercial Financial Services (CFS). The investors have taken issue with work undertaken by Mayer Brown on securitisation transactions for CFS.The case could spell […]

Co-op considers action against Merrill Lynch

Richards Butler has been appointed by the Co-operative Group to investigate possible legal action against Merrill Lynch over the management of its £2bn pension fund The Co-operative Group announced on Friday (17 May) that it is ending its 30-year relationship with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers following dissatisfaction over its investment performance and the recent departure […]

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