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Switzerland – restructuring and insolvency activity

The Swiss federal government’s Expert Group expects Switzerland’s GDP to fall by 1.5 per cent in 2020, down from previous expectations in December 2019 that predicted a rise of 1.3 per cent, mainly because of covid-19.

Romania – Consumer protection updates in the audio-visual media field

In November 2018, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union enacted the Directive (EU) 2018/1808 amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination on certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administration in Member States concerning the provision of audio-visual media services in view of changing market realities (the “Audio-Visual Media Services Directive”).

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Charles Brower, who has had full-time legal posts representing two US presidents and is the co-founder of White & Case, has left 20 Essex Street to become a regular judge of the Iran-US claims tribunal in The Hague. `The chambers’ international arbitration team has had a bumper few months with the addition of Sir Peter […]

Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School is to pay off tuition loans for graduates who take public sector jobs. Harvard law students pay £26,000 a year for tuition fees, but if a graduate takes a job in government, a non-profit organisation or academia, the law school will meet their loan repayments.

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Organisation: Rotch Property Group`Sector: Financial engineering`Employees: 350`Legal capability: One in-house lawyer`Group general counsel: Meena Heath`Reporting to: The board`Main law firms: Ashurst Morris Crisp (telecoms), Clifford Chance (securitisation & PFI), Julian Holy (property), Macfarlanes (property finance), Memery Crystal (litigation), Osborne Clarke (property finance), and Slaughter and May (recently appointed to the panel, but has not been […]

Hammond Suddards Edge

Hammond Suddards Edge is in the early stages of merger talks with Italian firm Rossotto e Associati. Hammonds has been trying to set up a European practice since leaving the Commercial Law Affiliates network six months ago. Hammonds hopes to announce the merger before the end of the year.

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