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The legal hub – Create the ideal state for your corporate legal team

Corporate legal teams are under constant pressure to deliver more value to their organisations. Growing demand and changing expectations from the business mean that legal departments are adapting to embrace innovation and requiring their network of external counsel to do the same. Generally, corporate legal teams are adopting new technologies and adapting to changing pressures […]

Russian sanctions against Ukraine: Ban on the import of certain commodities

A ban on the import into Russia of certain commodities, the country of origin of which is Ukraine or which move through the territory of Ukraine was introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83. The list of the commodities prohibited for import is provided in […]

Draft patent (amendment) rules, 2018 published for objections and suggestions

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

Amendment to S. 197 of companies act, 2013 notified: Government approval no longer required for enhancement of managerial remuneration

In a long awaited move, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (CA Amendment Act), relating to managerial remuneration, which are now in force with effect from 12 September 2018. By way of a notification, the amendments to Section 197 and Schedule V of the Companies […]

Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

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Dewey puts bankruptcy settlement on hold as ex-partners wait on amendments

The deadline for partners to opt in to a settlement deal absolving former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners of their liabilities has been delayed after concerns were raised about its contents. Chief restructuring officer Joff Mitchell of Zolfo Cooper told ex-partners in an e-mail on Thursday evening New York time that changes will be made to […]

Investing for success

Top law firms know it is vital to invest in IT but are divided on what systems will best help them combat new competition Law firms face a host of pressures as we enter the third quarter of 2012. Increasing competition in the marketplace, new rules allowing non-traditional business models to enter the fray and […]

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Small-frying tonight

Single-partner law firms are suffering as lenders withdraw support Even the most populous City law firms can seem like lonely places sometimes, but institutionalised loneliness seems to be on the downturn. Research by finance provider Syscap, based on data from the SRA, shows that the number of single-partner firms in the UK fell by 3 […]

Latham and White & Case lock horns on blockbuster Qatari sukuk

Latham & Watkins and White & Case have landed roles on one of Qatar’s largest-ever dollar-denominated Islamic bond issuances. The $4bn (£2.6bn) bond sold by the State of Qatar will comprise one tranche of trust certificates worth $2bn due in 2018 and a second $2bn tranche due in 2023. Qatar has not disclosed the purpose […]

Freshfields picks Rome partner as new Italy chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected Rome partner Tommaso Salonico as its Italy managing partner, with the competition specialist taking over from Marzio Longo on 1 August. Salonico, who joined the magic circle firm in 2000, has been voted in for a three-year term. The appointment coincides with the election of finance partner Emiliano Conio to […]

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