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SRA provides some breathing space for law firms struggling to obtain PI cover

By Zarina Lawley The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently published a useful Q&A article on their website which we recommend all law firms take the time to read. It summarises some of the most common queries the SRA has received from solicitors about their rules and the potential impact of Coronavirus. The article discusses professional […]

New transparency measures in the public procurement field

1. Background Despite the constant update of the public procurement legal framework, the Romanian authorities have signalled several issues related to the public procurement contracts granted to certain companies, in circumstances which are not able to comply, in all cases, with the general principles of transparency and equal treatment. Thus, in order to ensure the […]

Montenegro: Insight into the New Companies Act

The new Montenegrin Companies Act which entered into force on 11 July 2020, is an innovative and thoroughgoing codification of Montenegrin Corporate Law. The legislator opted for a comprehensive legal instrument which, compared to the previous law, contains more detailed and exhaustive rules determining the establishment, management, restructuring, termination and functioning of business entities.

Coronavirus Digest no. 2: Patents and other intellectual property rights

Second volume of the Digest prepared by PLMJ and Inventa International on the crossover between the area of intellectual property and the challenges of COVID-19, especially regarding patents and utility models, as well as all the information on the path to obtaining a vaccine.


Trouble at the top?

Company directors will be left open to increased litigation when the Company Law Reform Bill takes effect. Richard Matthews and John Heaps investigate There is compelling evidence that, when the Company Law Reform Bill comes into force at the end of this year, the risks facing UK company directors will be at an all-time high. […]

Bredin Prat, Darrois feel the heat in France

France’s leading independent corporate firms Bredin Prat and Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier both saw drops in income in an otherwise strong financial year in France. Anglo-Saxon law firms in Paris are winning business from Bredin Prat and Darrois, which have traditionally dominated the French corporate market. Turnover dropped by 4 per cent at Bredin Prat […]

Latham scoops former MBRM securitisation star

Former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw securitisation star Mark Nicolaides has resurfaced at Latham & Watkins to spearhead its drive into the European asset-backed securities market. Christopher Hall, vice chair of Latham’s global finance department, told The Lawyer: “In London we have a footprint in leveraged finance, project finance and debt restructuring. Mark’s practice is […]

Bitter bill to swallow

Three lawyers on a mission: to change the Companies Bill before it’s too late. But is the City listening? They look like unlikely crusaders. If you were putting together a campaign team, a Herbert Smith partner, a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner and the general counsel of Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) would not immediately come to […]

Directors to benefit from age rules

Companies fear being forced to follow statutory employment guidance for directors to avoid falling foul of age discrimination legislation. All large companies expect to have to change the way directors are hired and fired when the new legislation comes into force in October, according to the results of a new survey. Company directors are traditionally […]

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