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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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A&O’s Wickenden heads to Hong Kong to steer US securities practice

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) London-based capital markets partner Jim Wickenden has moved to Hong Kong to steer the firm’s US securities practice. The move comes months after the firm lost US capital markets lawyer James Grandolfo, who was the firm’s regional head of the Asia Pacific international capital markets, to US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley […]

London

Taylor Wessing drawings up 46 per cent in 2012/13, LLPs show

Profits at Taylor Wessing’s UK LLP crept up 4 per cent during 2012/13 while its drawings and distributions shot up 46 per cent, according to the firm’s consolidated accounts. The firm, which posted an international gross turnover of £228m (29 May 2013), generated UK fee income of £101.6m in 2011/12, a rise of 4 per […]

Ziggo

A&O and Freshfields scoop lead roles on Liberty Global’s €6.9bn Ziggo takeover

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance are among the firms advising on Liberty Global’s £5.7bn acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo. The bidder has been increasing its stake in Liberty Global over a number of months – raising its 12.65 per cent stake to 15 per cent in April 2013. It […]

BLP’s Eisenberg: Blame it on the big boys

If you were to take a straw poll of UK legal market specialists and quiz them on which firm had the toughest time in 2012/13, it’s a safe bet many would say Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Why? For starters, the year kicked off with the firm shedding 102 legal and secretarial positions in a redundancy […]

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Slater & Gordon sets Pannone integration deadline

Slater & Gordon UK chief executive Neil Kinsella has set the firm a 12-month target to fully integrate its merger with Pannone after the deal is complete. Kinsella said the firm, which is listed on the Australia Securities Exchange, would have until March 2015 to complete the structural alignment of all five of its UK […]

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