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EAEU Treaty on trademarks comes into effect

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods came into effect on April 26, 2021. It serves as a foundation document for the formation of a regional system within EAEU territory.

Banking leaders discuss keeping pace with growth, digital transformation and driving operational efficiency

In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.


Steven Fox

Ashurst, Freshfields, Simmons steer Swedish-UK energy merger

Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have taken leading roles on the merger of parts of existing Swedish and UK oil and gas entities to form a new listed company, EnQuest. A large, multidisciplinary team at Ashurst is acting for EnQuest on both the ­merger and the dual listing on the London and […]


Hogan-Lovells conflicts prompt pre-merger split in Berlin

The bulk of Hogan & Hartson’s Berlin office has shunned the firm’s imminent merger with Lovells because of potential conflicts, spinning out to create a new firm instead. This is despite the fact that the merged firm will face a potential conflict over Hogan’s relationship with numerous Rupert Murdoch-owned businesses and Lovells’ commitment to trophy […]

2Birds votes to give CEO and chair another term at helm

Bird & Bird has re-elected its longstanding chief executive office David Kerr and chairman Michael Frie for additional three-year terms. Kerr (pictured) has headed Bird & Bird for 14 years, during which time the firm has grown dramatically both in the UK and internationally. The firm said in a statement that the reappointment of Frie […]

Charles Plant

SRA chair draws the poison from City’s wounds at Lawyer conference

The City has given a ­tentative thumbs-up to ’transformational’ proposals outlined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) last week. “But it can be a double-edged sword – it’s nice to have an opportunity for ­consultation, but there’s been so many over the past few years. It’s nice to have your voice heard, but it can […]


Muted response to Budget from legal community

Lawyers have greeted Alistair Darling’s last Budget before the general election with a lukewarm response, believing his plans to further tax the City smack of electioneering electioneering. In today’s Budget speech the Chancellor said he will look to implement an international “systemic risk tax” on financial institutions as well as trailing a raft of anti-avoidance […]

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