Recently approved amendments to the Slovak Labour Code and Employment Services Act impose new obligations on employers in Slovakia as of January 2019. Among the newly introduced changes, employers can no longer bind their employees with the obligation to keep their work conditions confidential, including information about their salaries.
By Mykyta Nota, Daryna Ushchapivska The Ukrainian parliament adopted a law (the “Law“) introducing and enhancing a number of instruments to make companies less susceptible to investigations by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the “AMC“). The most notable changes introduced by the Law include an improved leniency policy, the introduction of a settlement procedure in cartel cases, […]
By Andriy Nikiforov The Law of Ukraine on Foreign Exchange and Exchange Transactions (the “FX Law”) is in effect. Adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 21 June 2018, the FX Law overhauls the existing exchange control regime, introduces the principle of freedom of foreign exchange transactions and vests the National Bank of Ukraine (the “NBU”) with […]
OIL & GAS: Second International Licencing Round to take place in May 2019 On 29 January 2019, Ukraine’s State Geology and Subsoil Service (the “Derzhgeonadra”) announced plans to hold the Second International Licensing Round of e-auctions for exploitation rights to seven onshore fields of hydrocarbons in the Chernihiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Lviv and Sumy regions.
By Nina Tsifudina, Svilen Issaev On 3 December 2018, Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassation (“SCC”) issued Interpretative Judgment No 1 (the “Judgement”) on interpretative proceedings No 1/2017 of the General Assembly of the Panel of Commerce. The Judgement provides guidance to certain issues concerning insolvency proceedings that in the past have been adjudicated differently by the courts. […]
Private trust companies (‘PTCs’) may be described as companies established to act as trustees for one or more trusts that are related in some way e.g. made in connection with the same family group, philanthropic or charitable organisations, business or investment funds. Bermuda has a stellar international reputation and is a popular jurisdiction in which […]
The reach of the Supreme Court’s decision in the goods and services discrimination complaint of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd  IRLR 1116 is starting to reveal itself. In the recent EAT decision in Gan Menachem Hendon Ltd v Groen UKEAT/0059/18/OO the Tribunal’s finding of direct discrimination on grounds of religion or belief was overturned on the basis […]
Neota launched their first in a series of roundtable events in New York this week. The event was designed for in house legal departments to discuss how they can leverage AI automation to transform their legal department and overcome the challenge of achieving ‘more with less’. We were joined by professionals from KPMG, JP Morgan, […]
By Mark Kovacs The rapidly changing nature of business in the 21st century means that the EU and global economy relies strongly on intellectual property rights, such as trademarks, designs, patents and others. In this inteview, Mark Kovacs discusses the latest developments in Hungary with András Jókúti, Acting Vice President for Legal Affairs of the […]
By David Smedley, Andrew Raymen The 4 April 2019 deadline for private sector employers with more than 250 staff to publish their second round of gender pay gap reports (based on a ‘snapshot date’ of 5 April 2018) is fast approaching. What trends and observations can be drawn from the 2018 reports and how can […]
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A quartet of firms have won top roles on the £1bn sale of four of the Grange Hotel’s London leases, while Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance took the lead on financing matters. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), Hogan Lovells, Brown Rudnick and Gowling WLG all advised on the sale of the buildings to Queensgate […]
Bird & Bird has re-elected CEO David Kerr for another three-year stint in the position, meaning that by the end of this term he will have been in charge for 26 years. Kerr was elected unopposed, with the tech partner having held the position since 1996. The stint easily makes Kerr one of the longest-serving […]
Dechert has appointed a new partner to its London management team, after the departure of Miriam Gonzalez and appointment of Camille Abousleiman to the Lebanese government. Corporate and private equity partner Chris Field is to join employment partner Jason Butwick and finance partner Gus Black on the committee, with Black taking up the helm as […]
Network Rail has more than halved its panel in the past six years, with the latest review seeing three firms wins spots until 2024. The spots have been taken by Dentons, Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds Sutherland and will be in place until 2024. The contract is worth £70m. Stuart Kelly, group general counsel at Network […]
The Post Office, represented by Womble Bond Dickinson, has lost a landmark ruling in the first of four cases related to alleged electronic failures at the company that resulted in postmaster job losses and convictions for false accounting. In the first significant judgment concerning the contractual relationship between the Post Office and its agents, Justice […]