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SRA provides some breathing space for law firms struggling to obtain PI cover

By Zarina Lawley The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently published a useful Q&A article on their website which we recommend all law firms take the time to read. It summarises some of the most common queries the SRA has received from solicitors about their rules and the potential impact of Coronavirus. The article discusses professional […]

New transparency measures in the public procurement field

1. Background Despite the constant update of the public procurement legal framework, the Romanian authorities have signalled several issues related to the public procurement contracts granted to certain companies, in circumstances which are not able to comply, in all cases, with the general principles of transparency and equal treatment. Thus, in order to ensure the […]

Montenegro: Insight into the New Companies Act

The new Montenegrin Companies Act which entered into force on 11 July 2020, is an innovative and thoroughgoing codification of Montenegrin Corporate Law. The legislator opted for a comprehensive legal instrument which, compared to the previous law, contains more detailed and exhaustive rules determining the establishment, management, restructuring, termination and functioning of business entities.

Coronavirus Digest no. 2: Patents and other intellectual property rights

Second volume of the Digest prepared by PLMJ and Inventa International on the crossover between the area of intellectual property and the challenges of COVID-19, especially regarding patents and utility models, as well as all the information on the path to obtaining a vaccine.

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K&L Gates hires former Simmons UAE chief

US firm K&L Gates has recruited former head of Simmons & Simmons’ Middle East Paul Simpson as a finance partner in its Dubai office. Simpson most recently served as regional managing partner of Simmons’ United Arab Emirates practice, where he oversaw operations across the firm’s Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha offices. He left in April […]

Ogier elects new Jersey managing partner

Offshore firm Ogier has shuffled its Jersey management team, with Matthew Swan taking over the office managing partner role from Matthew Thompson. Litigation partner Thompson returns to full-time client work after four years as the office managing partner. Swan will combine the position with client work. He is also head of Ogier’s business and trust […]

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Cadwalader’s Block quits for Greenberg

One of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s best-known partners Dennis Block is leaving the firm to join Greenberg Traurig. New York-based Block is joining Greenberg in the newly created position of senior chairman of global M&A. Block’s, whose book of business is said to have once topped $50m, counts Pfizer, Pepsi and GE among his clients. […]

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Macfarlanes boosts real estate with hire of Shearman’s Nisse

Macfarlanes has hired Shearman & Sterling partner Ian Nisse to head its commercial real estate practice. Nisse was co-chair of Shearman’s international real estate group and has been a partner there since 2004 when he left Ashurst (where he was managing partner between 1997 and 2000) to establish the US firm’s UK real estate practice. […]

Dorda and Graf latest European firms to grab slices of fast-growing Turkey

German firm Graf von Westphalen and Austrian firm Dorda Brugger Jordis have both established presences in Turkey, which is fast becoming a hot spot for European firms. Graf will open an office in Istanbul at the start of October in cooperation with local outfit GSI Meridian. Dorda has expanded its best-friends network to include a […]

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