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EAEU Treaty on trademarks comes into effect

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods came into effect on April 26, 2021. It serves as a foundation document for the formation of a regional system within EAEU territory.

Banking leaders discuss keeping pace with growth, digital transformation and driving operational efficiency

In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.



What is the magic number?

The magic circle’s days are numbered. Clients think the concept allows partners to charge a premium – a fact corroborated by revelations of the amount already paid out to Linklaters on the Lehman administration. Those at the elite group of five would argue that it’s only because of the unrivalled quality of their lawyering that […]

BT names next legal chief as Fletcher steps down

BT group general counsel Anne Fletcher has stepped down, with former Misys general counsel Daniel Fitz poised to take over her role. Fletcher, who was with the company for 24 years, the last nine as legal chief, has decided to leave the company. A spokesperson did not confirm the reasons for Fletcher’s departure. Fitz was […]

Pointing the finger

While investors know securitisation prospectuses are not infallible, the question of which party shoulders the blame should information be remiss remains something of an enigma. By Andrew Twigger  Many different specialists are involved in structuring a securitisation, including valuers and financial modellers who estimate the value of the income stream, the rating agencies and […]


Jack Straw moots end to UK libel tourism

The eradication of libel tourism will be a key concern for the next UK parliament, with Justice Secretary Jack Straw today announcing a range of libel reforms. Straw hopes to put a stop to libel claims made against foreign publications that can be accessed in the UK by asking the Civil Procedure Rule Committee to […]


Muted response to Budget from legal community

Lawyers have greeted Alistair Darling’s last Budget before the general election with a lukewarm response, believing his plans to further tax the City smack of electioneering electioneering. In today’s Budget speech the Chancellor said he will look to implement an international “systemic risk tax” on financial institutions as well as trailing a raft of anti-avoidance […]

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