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What the Financial Collateral Act in Serbia brings to the table

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Financial Collateral Act (“FCA“) on 8 June 2018 (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 44/2018). The FCA bill was proposed by the Serbian Central Bank (National Bank of Serbia, “NBS“) on 22 May 2018 and the FCA will apply as of 1 January 2019. Financial contracts which have not been enforced by […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

‘Valued Landscape’ – not a ‘restrictive policy’

On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

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Bitter bill to swallow

Three lawyers on a mission: to change the Companies Bill before it’s too late. But is the City listening? They look like unlikely crusaders. If you were putting together a campaign team, a Herbert Smith partner, a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner and the general counsel of Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) would not immediately come to […]

Atkin clerk switches to 39 Essex St director role

39 Essex Street has poached Atkin Chambers’ senior clerk to fill the new role of director of clerking. David Barnes, who has been a clerk at construction specialists Atkin for more than 20 years, will join 39 Essex Street later this year to take up the new position. He will support chambers director Michael Meeson […]

Consultants create JV to advise firms on flotations

One of the legal market’s best-known management consultants, Alan Hodgart, has formed a joint venture with corporate finance house Lexicon Partners aimed specifically at advising firms on potential IPOs and fundraisings. Hodgart and Lexicon managing director Angus Winther finalised details of the joint venture’s framework and format on 21 June. The new venture went live […]

Bond Pearce introduces merit-based remuneration

Bond Pearce is overhauling its lockstep in a drive to increase its competitive edge by adding a merit-based element, as the firm reports a 15 per cent drop in profit per equity partner (PEP). The new remuneration system will take effect from April 2007 for the 2007-08 financial year and replaces the firm’s more traditional […]

FFW guides hamleys franchising deal

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) advised iconic toy shop Hamleys on a franchising deal that will see it open stores in Dubai, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The deal is Hamleys’ first franchise. It will be run by Daud Investments, part of the Middle East-based Getco Group of companies, which hold the Middle East franchises for brands […]

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