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GDPR and the Cayman Data Protection Law for Insurance Managers (and clients)

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, or GDPR, is a set of EU regulations aimed at the protection of personal data and privacy of natural persons (not corporations) based within the EU. The GDPR has extraterritorial effect in that it applies to the processing of personal data of persons who are situated in the EU […]

Merck vs MSD – When is online use considered use in Switzerland?

In its landmark decision of 29 April 2020, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court held that the online use of a trademark or other sign must have a commercial effect in Switzerland for such use to be considered use in Switzerland. A global website targeted at a worldwide audience may have a commercial effect in Switzerland.

Antitrust Review 2021 – Portugal

This article summarises the legislative developments and the main investigations carried out during 2019 by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA).

Professional payment guarantee newly introduced in Luxembourg

A new professional payment guarantee law has been introduced in Luxembourg to provide professionals with a tool that grants a wider scope for contractual freedom while protecting the parties from a re-qualification that may not be in line with their legitimate expectations and their commercial agreements.

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Osborne Clarke has turned to digital TV provider YouView for a hire in its digital business group, bringing aboard legal chief John Davidson-Kelly. Davidson-Kelly, who has been head of legal at YouView since 2010, joined the Bristol firm as a partner in its London office yesterday (1 November), with his move following the launch of […]

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Field Fisher suffers another exit as A&O hires Germany head

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) has seen another partner exit its European practice with German managing partner Joachim Feldges moving to Allen & Overy (A&O) as the magic circle firm bids to strengthen its German IP team. Feldges joins A&O as a partner in Munich, less than two years after moving to FFW with three other […]

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Moves: 5 November 2012

Nick Stainthorpe has left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate, and joined Reed Smith in London as a partner in the structured finance group. UK London Nick Stainthorpe has left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate, and joined Reed Smith in London as a partner in the structured finance […]

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Balfour Beatty to slash legal spend by 30 per cent in panel review

Construction giant Balfour Beatty is looking to save up to a third of its external legal spend by packaging certain areas of work and tendering it out to the lowest bidder. The plans come as the company’s legal team begins to review its panel of external advisers, with an insider at the business saying the […]

UK top 20 devotes £180m of billing time to pro-bono work

The value of pro-bono work in the UK is almost half a billion pounds a year, with research from legal recruitment company Laurence Simons finding that the top 20 firms carried out £180m of free work – the equivalent of 1.85 per cent of their budgets – in 2011. Laurence Simons private practice director Guy […]

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