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Parallel import guidance clarified by CJEU

By Charlie Bond and John Coldham The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a ruling clarifying what you can, and cannot, do if you wish to import goods from one Member State of the EU to another. In summary, it has ruled that the trademark owner cannot oppose the further commercialisation of […]

Canadian cannabis companies gaining traction in US

By Henry A Harris and Stephen Franchetto With the Cannabis Act (Bill C 45) set to be voted on by the Senate of Canada in two weeks (June 7, 2018) and legalization of marijuana expected in the coming months, Canada’s largest cannabis company today became the first marijuana producer to be approved for listing on the […]

Draft law: Russia’s counter-sanctions against the US and other states

On 17 May 2018, the State Duma adopted in the second reading the draft Federal Law ‘On the Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the USA and(or) other Foreign States’ (hereinafter – the ‘Draft Law’). Compared to the initial version introduced by a group of deputies in April this year, the Draft Law […]

Poland: Basic legal aspects of branch and representative office activity

By Łukasz Szostak Under the Polish law, a foreign entrepreneur may, based on the reciprocity principle, set up its branch in the Republic of Poland. The scope of the branch’s activity may include only the activity that is performed by the entrepreneur in the country of its incorporation…

Mongolia: Legal summary on electronic money regulation

The new law on the National Payment System, dated 31 May 2017, shall become effective from 1 January 2018. The importance of the new law is an integrated payment system launch between the Central Bank, commercial banks, legal entities, other financial institutions and individual customers. As result of the law enactment, the Central Bank will […]

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Tulkinghorn was chatting to one of his Clifford Chance cronies the other day, who happened to mention in passing that, sadly, one of his colleagues had been “adjusted”. In his confusion, Tulkinghorn thought it might be some comment about the mental state of the colleague – perhaps something along the lines of maladjusted (which sort […]

Out of the East…

New Norton Rose chairman Paul Giles says he doesn’t have a great vision for his new role. Emma Vere-Jones meets a man who doesn’t like to plan It is not surprising that Paul Giles won the contested election to become the new chairman of Norton Rose. He has a quality attributable to all successful politicians: […]

It's off: Ashursts Fried Frank talks collapse

Ashurst Morris Crisp and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson have called off merger talks. It is understood that the long drawn out negotiations finally collapsed at some point over the weekend. The collapse signals the third time that Ashursts has failed to tie down a merger after talks with Clifford Chance fell through in […]

Ernst & Young firm in German limbo

Ernst & Young’s German firm Luther Menold lost two partners last week. Real estate partner Martin Meissner defected to the Frankfurt office of US firm Latham & Watkins, while corporate partner Frank Zahn will move to Görg’s Berlin office. The departures come at a difficult time for the firm. Germany’s Ministry of Justice canvassed views […]

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