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Portugal: Rent updating coefficient to apply in 2022

Under article 24 of Law 6/2006 of 27 February, which approved the New Urban Renting Rules, and article 11(5) of Decree-Law 294/2009 of 13 October, which approved the New Rural Renting Rules, the National Statistics Institute is responsible for calculating the annual rent update coefficient applicable to urban and rural leases. This coefficient must then be published in a notice appearing in the official gazette, Diário da República, no later than 30 October of each year.

How will costs be treated in a no-fault divorce?

At the end of this month, court fees are increasing. The change is the result of a consultation led by the Ministry of Justice earlier in the year which considered whether court fees should be increased by inflation.

Limited network exemption under PSD2 – EBA consults on Draft Guidelines

In summer 2021 the European Banking Authority published Draft Guidelines on the limited network exemption under the Payment Service Directive 2 for consultation. The Draft Guidelines are meant to foster supervisory convergence amongst the EU’s national competent regulators.

Energy Innovators Roundtable series: Reshaping regulation to recognize the imperative for technological change

Whether they like it or not, energy regulators are the new gatekeepers of the technology shift that is needed to meet Canada’s carbon reduction goals. This will require significant and near-term changes to the construct under which Canada’s utilities have traditionally been regulated. Traditional regulation doesn’t incent utilities to retire technology simply because something better has come along. Should regulation transition from “used and useful” to “better”? Join Gowling WLG for the first 2021 roundtable in the Energy Innovators Roundtable series.

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Pinsent Masons picks up Simmons real estate finance partner Hughes

Pinsent Masons has turned to Simmons & Simmons for the hire of real estate finance partner Richard Hughes. Hughes advises both borrowers and lenders active in the real estate, energy, infrastructure and financial services industries. The hire continues a busy year for Pinsents on the lateral hiring front. The firm picked up an energy team […]

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Shearman favours London as it promotes 12 partners worldwide

Shearman & Sterling has made up 12 new partners worldwide, with nearly half of the promotions being made in London. Litigation counsel Susanna Charlwood joined the firm two years ago from Slaughter and May, while tax counsel Simon Letherman is also a Slaughter alumnus. Meanwhile M&A counsel Matthew Powell has been made up in Shearman […]

Hong Kong

The real estate blog: Eversheds London real estate head Dear talks MIPIM Asia

This week Eversheds’ head of London real estate Bruce Dear shares his adventures at MIPIM Asia. The summit focuses on regional development opportunities and retail real estate trends across the Asia Pacific. “Flight closing” the board says in buzzing red letters. How did that happen? More importantly, how will we explain to our partners that […]

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BLP advises alongside magic circle trio in GE’s £3.8bn loan sale to consortium

A host of firms have advised on the £3.8bn acquisition of a portfolio of first lien mortgage loans from General Electric’s (GE) UK home lending business. GE Capital was represented by Allen & Overy (A&O), with a team including partner Daniel McKimm. Meanwhile Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) advised the investment consortium made up of funds […]

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WHSmith joins Visa and MasterCard cartel claim as firms gear up for two-year court battle

WHSmith has joined the raft of high street giants suing Visa and MasterCard in the High Court over allegations both companies charged retailers anti-competitive credit card fees. WHSmith has instructed Humphries Kerstetter on its dual claims against Visa and MasterCard, which will seek to claim £17.5m and £5.5m in repayments respectively, The Lawyer understands. The […]

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