The European Commission’s 39-month long investigation into Google’s Android operating system ends with a recordbreaking antitrust fine of €4.34bn imposed on Google. The US tech giant was fined for imposing illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators, in order to cement its already super dominant position in general internet search services. The […]
By Relja Mirkov On 25 July, the European Court of Justice threw out an appeal by Nestlé, which argued that it owns the shape of its famous treat KitKat. Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, had spent more than a decade fighting to trademark the fourfingered wafer shape. However, EJC’s most recent ruling could […]
On 6 July 2018, the Croatian Parliament adopted the new Capital Markets Act in order to align the Croatian legislation with the EU acquis. The act adjusts the Croatian legislation with the cornerstone of EU’s financial markets regulation the Directive on Markets in Financial Instruments repealing Directive 2004/39/EC and the Regulation on Markets in […]
The beginning of the summer brought amendments to several employmentrelated laws. The most notable changes are presented below: The Law on the Employment of Foreigners The Law on the Conditions for the Secondment of Employees on Temporary Work Abroad The Law on Financial Support to Families with Children The Law on the Peaceful Resolution of […]
The Law on the Registration Procedure with the Cadastre of Real Estate and Utilities (the “Law”) entered into force on 8 June 2018. The Law aims to introduce significant innovations, primarily concerning the method of filing applications and documents with the cadastre and the relation between the cadastre and other authorities, as well as deadlines […]
By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?
By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…
By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…
By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors  IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]
By Pedro Simões Coelho, Ricardo Seabra Moura and Carlos Filipe Couto How is fund management regulated in your jurisdiction? Which authorities have primary responsibility for regulating funds, fund managers and those marketing funds?
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has withdrawn the arrest warrant it had issued against the chief executive of the Eurasian Resources Group, in the latest development to the agency’s long-running investigation into its subsidiary company ENRC. Last month, the SFO announced that ERG’s CEO Benedikt Sobotka was wanted for alleged refusal to comply to an […]
Another magic circle partner is to join Latham & Watkins in London, as it sets its sights on winning work in the infrastructure M&A market. Allen & Overy partner Conrad Andersen, who was promoted in 2008, is to join Clifford Chance partner Brendan Moylan at the US firm. The latter’s move was revealed yesterday. While […]
Fieldfisher is to open a legal support centre in Belfast, years after firms such as Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker McKenzie and Allen & Overy made similar moves in the Northern Irish capital. Fieldfisher says it expects to house 125 personnel in Belfast within the next three years, with 14 people having already been recruited. The office […]
Allen & Overy (A&O) has announced its autumn 2018 trainee retention figures, with 80 per cent of its 46 qualifiers staying on. With a total intake of 46, 44 trainees applied to qualify, 40 of whom were offered newly qualified positions. Overall, 37 trainees accepted the offers. “This is a good result and one which […]
Clifford Chance’s infrastructure M&A head Brendan Moylan is leaving the firm for Latham & Watkins in a move that reunites him with his former magic circle colleagues. Latham aggressively hired from Clifford Chance’s private equity practice in 2013/14 when it took on David Walker, Kem Ihenacho and Tom Evans. The US firm was said to have been […]
Software company Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, has brought in a new general counsel from social media giant Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. Amy Keating will join Mozilla in early September after six years as Twitter’s deputy general counsel. She replaces Jishnu Menon, who left for Netflix in May. The move will be Keating’s latest […]