By Shaimerden Chikanayev The importance of the so-called natural monopolies in Kazakhstan can be seen in the fact that some of Kazakhstan’s largest and most powerful corporate empires, such as the KEGOC (national transmission grid operator) and KTZ (national railway company), are officially subject to natural monopoly regulation. The obvious lack of transparency in the tariff-setting […]
On November 25 the provisions will come into force that will allow businesses to continue operations despite the death of the enterprise’s owner. This change is very important also from the employees’ point of view, since it gives them an opportunity for safe continuation of employment.
On November 14, President Andrzej Duda endorsed an act introducing 9% rate of corporate income tax (CIT) for small businesses as well as certain changes regarding tax deductible costs in case of acquisition and exploitation of passenger cars by companies.
On November 9, the Parliament passed a package of changes introducing simplifications in tax and business law aimed for entrepreneurs. They offer, among others, a possibility of including a spouse’s work as a tax-deductible cost, a one-off possibility to carry forward a tax loss up to PLN 5 million or shortening – from 150 to […]
By Yana Dianova Since August 10, 2017, the Federal Law of July 29, 2017 No. 216-FZ has been in effect in Russia, providing for the legal basis for establishment and operation of innovation scientific and technological centres in order to implement the priorities of the scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation, increase the investment […]
The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.
For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]
By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]
By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]
By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others  EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]
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Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a graduate scheme focusing on legal operations, as law firms continue to rethink the way its services are delivered. The scheme stems out of the firm’s change and innovation program NRF Transform. It will initially offer two roles available from March 2019, followed by four other positions opening next September that […]
Baker McKenzie is developing an information governance project to help clients redesign the way they handle data in light of a tighter regulatory framework. The ongoing project, which started last April, is currently led by the firm’s London-based global ediscovery and data advisory managing director Bryant Isbell and Toronto IT partner Theo Ling. The duo […]
4 Pump Court silk Alexander Gunning QC has joined magic circle chambers One Essex Court in a key boost to the set’s arbitration group. Gunning was first called to the Bar in 1994, taking silk six years ago with a practice focused heavily on international arbitration, as well as commercial in the energy, insurance, construction […]
Associates at Slaughter and May are in line to pick up Christmas bonuses of up to 14 per cent and will also receive salary raises in the new year. Newly qualified (NQs) will receive an extra 8.25 per cent of their basic salary as a bonus, while 4.5 to 6.5 year PQEs will receive 14 per cent. […]
Riverview Law has made its first significant hire since being brought by EY four months ago, appointing a former Barclays general counsel to a new director role. Rob Dinning will be a director of legal function co-sourcing, a new unit within the business that helps global corporations change their operating model to achieve a combination of […]