September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.
In August, the TCA — which three months ago launched an investigation into German automotive giants Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW — initiated an investigation against other players in the Turkish automobile industry.
September 2020 – Following the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2019/452of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 on establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union (the “Regulation”), the Czech government decided to regulate this area and to seek to pass a law on the screening of foreign investments. The Czech Ministry of Trade and Industry (the “Ministry”) has submitted a bill on the screening of foreign investments on the basis of which it will be possible to control and eventually ban certain foreign investments into Czech companies (the “Bill”).
The Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications has released a new draft strategy entitled Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria until 2030. It aims to define focal areas for building scientific and expert capacity for the development and implementation of AI systems and to build on the measures and activities set as a priority in other relevant national strategic documents, including in particular “Vision, Objectives and Priorities for the National Development Program: Bulgaria 2030.”
On the 14th of May 2020, the European Commission decided to refer Cyprus to the Court of Justice of the European Union due to its failure to implement a national register of road transport companies.
The government has confirmed that restrictions on commercial landlords on presenting a winding-up petition against tenants that have not paid rent are to be extended to the end of 2020.
There are many opportunities to get involved with pro bono and several reasons why it is a good idea to do so. Verity discusses the pro bono opportunities she has been involved in and how they have strengthened her ability as a trainee solicitor.
Welcome to the August edition of Schoenherr’s to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter! We are excited to present a selection of legal developments in the area of technology & digitalisation in the wider CEE region.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, several Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) have announced adapted guidelines and information on the current status of proceedings and deadlines.
As most of us are still working from home, we are communicating virtually for long periods every day, with diverse groups of people from different cultures, forums and time zones. We are continuing our usual work tasks and commitments, but now having to deliver meetings and presentations as well as communicate a host of difficult messages.
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A raft of firms, including Slaughter and May and Linklaters, have been called up on William Hill’s talks with Caesars Entertainment on a potential £2.9bn takeover. In the UK, Slaughter and May and Linklaters are lined up for William Hill and Caesars. Slaughters corporate M&A partners Murray Cox and David Johnson are taking the lead […]
The High Court has ruled that Uber can continue with its London operations, almost a year after Transport for London rejected its licence application. TfL had banned Uber in London last year after identifying a pattern of failures linked to passenger safety. The ride-hailing app instructed Hogan Lovells’ Charles Brasted in its appeal. Westminister Magistrates’ […]
The partnership at Charles Russell Speechlys has elected the firm’s next senior partner, as well as appointed a non-executive director to help define future strategies. The firm has elected partner Bart Peerless, who will take on the role from May 2021. He will succeed incumbent Christopher Page, who has served for two terms over eight […]
Former culture secretary Nicky Morgan and ex-Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are to take up new roles at Travers Smith and Withers respectively. Morgan will take up a consultant role in Travers’ technology group. The move marks a return for the former Travers corporate lawyer, who worked at the City firm between 2002 and 2010 before […]
Burges Salmon has recorded a double-digit surge in revenue, as it nevertheless took cautious steps to protect its business at the start of the pandemic. Revenue went up 11 per cent from £94.6m to £104.9m, while net profit rose from £28.7m to £31.7m. However, average profit per equity partner (PEP) recorded a more muted increase […]
Stephenson Harwood is holding back on its plan to encourage staff to spend at least two days a week in the office following the latest change in the UK Government’s Covid-19 guidance. It was just last month that the firm set a date of early September for its “proper” return to its City office, as […]