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 […]
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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.
Brexit was the key topic at the 20th annual IBA Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds 2019 – but as you’d expect, there was discussion on a range of areas from NPPR to credit funds, and from the prospects of the UK economy to AIFMD II. Seven partners from Ogier’s international funds team from Cayman, […]
By William Jean-Baptiste On 5 March 2018, the Luxembourg Government filed the 2019 Finance Bill (the Bill) with the Chambre des Députés. Following the 2018 general elections, the Luxembourg Government was authorised to extend certain credits and expenses of fiscal year 2018 (the “douziemes provisoires” or provisional twelfths system) for the period running from January to […]
March 2, 2019 Saturday and dated 30 702 Official Gazette ( ” Official Gazette “), the Family, Ministry of Labor and Social Services, jointly by the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry and the Interior Ministry, Prevention of Major Industrial Accidents And Regulations on Mitigation of Impacts ( ” Regulation ” ) Has been published; The Regulation on the […]
The National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska adopted the Law on the amendments to the Law on Renewable Energy Sources and Efficient Cogeneration (Law) in an urgent procedure, abolishing subsidies for the production of electricity from wind power plants in the Republic of Srpska. The Law will enter into force eight days after its […]
By Bolormaa Volodya General understanding of the Arbitration: Civil court lawsuits and trials are the traditional method for resolving disputes. However, concerns about court congestion and delays, rising litigation costs, and the negative psychological and emotional impact of litigation have increased the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques such as mediation, arbitration etc. Arbitration is one […]
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 […]