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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.

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Gide misses out on airports privatisation

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Linklaters have scooped the lead roles on the partial privatisation of the French state-owned airport operator Aéroports de Paris (ADP). But in stark contrast to recent French privatisations, there is no role for Gide Loyrette Nouel this time around. Cleary Gottlieb partner Andrew Bernstein is […]

Five sets step up to offer free bankruptcy advice

A new pro bono scheme offering representation for people facing bankruptcy petitions is being launched this week by five barristers’ chambers. Maitland Chambers, Four New Square, XXIV Old Buildings, 3/4 South Square and 4 Stone Buildings are all involved in the pilot scheme, which will run in the Royal Courts of Justice for the next […]

Vinson pays $30m to settle Enron claims

Vinson & Elkins has settled to the tune of $30m with Enron’s bankruptcy estate in a deal which staves off the threat of civil litigation from the company. The Texas-based firm has also written off about $4m in fees it was owed by Enron, while US media reported the settlement payment included $10.5m in returned […]

Mayer Brown re-jigs management for securitisation push

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has appointed new co-heads for its London securitisation department following the departure of high profile partner Mark Nicolaides. Bruce Bloomingdale and Dominic Griffiths are the new co-heads of the four partner practice. In addition, Drew Salvest will continue to head the office’s debt capital markets practice and Kevin Hawken continues […]

Watson Burton cracks £700,000 PEP barrier

Watson Burton cracks £700,000 PEP barrier” />Watson Burton has posted its highest-ever profit and turnover results, putting it well clear of its regional competition and ahead of most national rivals. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2005-06 was up by 38 per cent, from last year’s £515,000 to an astonishing £712,000. The Newcastle firm […]

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