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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Global investors look to Russian Eurobond market

Norilsk Nickel, a north Russian nickel and palladium mining and smelting company, is hardly a household name. Yet, the metals giant is making waves in the Russian Eurobond market. In April, Norilsk launched a successful $750m five-year Eurobond with an annual coupon rate of 4.375 per cent. That made it the largest ever Eurobond transaction […]

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Watch your waistline, McDentons

US merger signals fast-grow diet: are Dentons’ eyes too big for its tummy? Months after SNR Denton, Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain merged to form Dentons, the firm is casting a hungry eye back to the US. A bit like squaffling down two quarter-pounders with fries and 20 Chicken McNuggets before returning to the menu, […]

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The press and the pressure

Proposed newspaper charter is open to political manipulation and may not gain wide acceptance It is widely accepted that the Press Complaints Commission, which Ed Miliband reportedly described as a “toothless poodle”, is not effective. However, there are concerns that the proposed system of regulation embodied in the draft Royal Charter published on 11 October […]

What’s in a (company) name? — an update

Business and company names are regulated to make sure that misleading names, which may imply unwarranted status or authority, cannot be used. The legislation also places restrictions on the registration of ‘sensitive’ words and names that are the ‘same as’ existing names. These mechanisms are felt by many to be lacking in transparency and it […]

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China: at the golden gates of wealth

As Clydes makes its China move, free trade zones clear way for deeper law firm links Clyde & Co did a ground-breaking deal in China last week. Through its Hong Kong arm the firm has established a joint venture with Chongqing-based West Link under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Cepa). China […]

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