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New online court may improve chances of tenancy arrears recovery

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan On 6 April 2018 HMCTS publicly announced the launch of a new online service to allow members of the public and businesses to issue money claims, resolve disputes and access mediation via a new online claims service. Known as Civil Money Claims, and available for money claims with a […]

Dress codes in the workplace: new government guidance

By Stuart McBride New guidance entitled “Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know” was published by the Government Equalities Office last week.  It follows the 2016 online petition started by a woman who was sent home from work when she refused to wear high heels. The petition led to a Parliamentary Enquiry […]

Timor-Leste oil and gas: New maritime treaty with Australia

On 6 March 2017, in New York, delegations of both countries signed, before the United Nations’ Secretary-General and Portugal’s former Prime-Minister, António Guterres, the “Treaty Between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea”. The new maritime boundaries between the two countries represent, after almost 50 years, Australian’s […]

Portugal: New regime for conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital

Law No. 7/2018 was published on 2 March and created a legal regime for the conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital in commercial companies, or companies adopting a commercial form, incorporated under the Laws of Portugal. The new law entered into force on the day after its publication and clearly aims to provide an extrajudicial […]

Portugal: Exploitation of lithium

Lithium minerals have seen a rise in demand and price since 2011, which became even greater in 2016, and the expectation is that this rise will continue along with the growing demand for electric vehicles. Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia and, worldwide, lithium […]

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Hogan Lovells wins the top role for Novartis in $9bn pharma deal

Hogan Lovells and Cravath Swaine & Moore have won the top roles on Novartis’ $9bn purchase of Chicago-based gene therapy company AveXis. The deal, in which the Swiss pharmaceutical giant is offering $218 per share for AveXis, is being led by Hogan Lovells Washington DC-based corporate transactions partner Joseph Gilligan who is advising Novartis. He is working alongside New […]

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Mayer Brown grows Tokyo office with Shearman and Ashurst hires

Mayer Brown has bolstered its new Tokyo office, hiring two partners and one senior associate, joining the firm’s banking and finance and corporate and securities practices. Shri Maski and Tomo Adachi will join Mayer Brown’s banking and finance practice from Ashurst. Maski is joining as a partner and Adachi is joining as a senior associate. […]

Schoenherr advises Alpiq on sale of industrial business to Bouygues Construction

Schoenherr has advised the Alpiq Group, a leading Swiss energy services provider and electricity producer (“Alpiq”) on the sale of its industrial business to the French building company Bouygues Construction, which is taking over InTec and Kraftanlagen group for a purchase price of CHF 850m (EUR 725m). Schoenherr assisted Alpiq in Austria, the Czech Republic and Romania. […]

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Eight firms win EDF panel spots as roster drops 50%

Energy company EDF Energy has completed its panel review, cutting its roster down by nearly 50 per cent to eight firms. Freshly-merged firms Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang are new additions to the panel, The Lawyer can reveal. When the wheels of the review were still in rotation, BCLP […]

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