By Barbara van der Ven Is it possible to patent the sequence (or partial sequence) of human genes? Genetic research is very important in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. From the very beginning, genetic research has always been connected with moral and ethical questions, such as […]
By Anke Holtland, Jacobine van Beijeren The Dutch Data Protection Authority published its decision last week to impose a processing ban on the Minister of Finance for the processing of Citizen Service Numbers ( BSNs ) in VAT identification numbers by the Tax Authorities. Background of the use of BSNs The Tax and Customs Administration is charged with providing VAT […]
The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which our Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets.
By Marc Wiggers, Thomas Verstraeten On 17 December 2018, the European Commission (‘Commission’) announced that it had imposed an antitrust fine of EUR 40 million on clothing company Guess for illegally restricting its resellers from using the Guess brand names and trademarks for the purposes of online search advertising and making cross-border sales of Guess […]
By Stéphanie De Smedt, Alice Boulvain. Aleksandra Sanak The EU Geo-blocking Regulation applies since 3 December 2018. It impacts many businesses that sell their goods and services online or offline across the EU, including companies offering food supplements or (over-the-counter) medicines, who now need to make sure they comply with these new rules.
The inaugural BusyLamp Legal Operations Benchmarking report documents the findings of a survey of legal departments from around the world and of varying profiles. The report looks at similarities and differences across industries, legal expenditures, legal department sizes, and geographies, and explores how certain trends are impacting other factors. The survey of 21 multiple choice […]
On 11 February 2019, the Supreme Court dismissed the Civil Appeal bearing No. 1484 of 2019 filed by Rai Bahadur Shree Ram and Company Pvt. Ltd. (the shareholder and promoter of Ferro Alloys Corporation Limited) and affirmed the landmark judgment passed by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) in the matter of Ferro Alloys […]
Like other offshore jurisdictions, Guernsey has implemented legislative economic substance requirements, which came into force on 1 January 2019, to meet a commitment to address concerns raised by the EU Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation that Guernsey’s corporate tax system could facilitate offshore structures aimed at attracting profits which do not reflect real […]
By Mathew Newman, Alex Horsbrugh-Porter, Sandie Lyne, Michael Rogers Today Guernsey dispute resolution specialists Michael Rogers and Sandie Lyne presented to the NED forum on the topic of regulatory investigations, providing advice on strategies and protocols which non-executive directors should consider when an investigation is underway. In particular, the talk highlighted why keeping board minutes […]
The new Trade Secrets Act will enter into force on 20 April, introducing further clarity to Slovenian legislation with a renewed definition of business secrets. The new Act comprehensively regulates business secrets, as it uniformly defines the concept of a business secret – which was, until now, regulated in several sector-specific acts. In the event […]
Facebook has found a new general counsel to helm its in-house legal functions after its top lawyer Colin Stretch left the company at the end of last summer. The role has been filled by Jennifer Newstead, whose career has spanned both law firm stints and government duties. She was the first woman to head the […]
A competition partner at Covington & Burling has swapped one US firm for another, joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s City office. Elaine Whiteford is moving to Quinn’s City operations and is a barrister with experience in contentious EU, competition and regulatory work, specialising in damages litigation. Most recently she acted on the LCD cartel […]
Ashurst has launched a graduate scheme within its NewLaw legal operations division, Ashurst Advance. The firm has named the scheme the Ashurst Advance Pathway Programme, or Pathway. Graduates selected for it will have the opportunity to train in areas such as legal operations, legal project management, legal technology and legal process improvement. The Pathway programme […]
Exeter University is to launch a innovation-focused placement year in a law firm as part of a new undergraduate law degree. The South West institution has partnered with US-headquartered Reed Smith to offer the course, which it is calling its LLB Legal Placement degree. Current first-year Exeter LLB students will be the first undergrads to […]
Three US firms are guiding social media scrapbook company Pinterest through its IPO listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton won the mandate for the company, working on a dual-class structure with partners Ethan Klingsberg, Jeffrey Karpf and Pamela Marcogliese in its corporate team. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is […]