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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

By Mateja Ule In the past years, Slovenian courts have been faced with several actions filed by consumers requesting the court to declare loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs null and void. While the courts of first and second instance seemed to struggle to find a common approach in assessing the validity of Swiss francs loan […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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Beachcroft meets Department of Health’s deadline on 70 TCS deals

Beachcroft has completed more than 70 major transactions in the past week under the Department of Health’s Transforming Community Services (TCS) programme. The firm completed the transactions, which relate to the transfer of community services from primary care trusts (PCTs) to new providers and range in value from £3m to more than £250m, by the […]

WorldPay seeks panel firms after RBS selloff

Card payment processor WorldPay is putting ­together its first external law firm panel following its divestment from RBS. WorldPay expects to engage external counsel on major acquisitions and ­litigation, as well as on ­projects creating new IT platforms, as the company grows under its new private equity owners. “We’re asking firms for more than the standard offering,” […]

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Norton Rose, Shearman raid Simmons Paris

Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office has suffered a double partner loss with defections to Norton Rose and Shearman & Sterling. Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office has suffered a double partner loss with defections to Norton Rose and Shearman & Sterling. The firm’s Paris-based head of energy and infrastructure, Christophe Asselineau, who also heads Simmons’ Africa […]

Takeover Panel sweetens code for targets after Cadbury lesson

Panel acts after public finds squirty cheese behemoth’s legacy hard to digest. By James Swift In true British style, it took the takeover of a traditional chocolate maker – a company that could tug at the country’s collective nostalgic heartstrings – to push M&A reform to the top of the agenda. But it was not […]

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