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 […]
The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which our Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets.
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.
By Rob Aberdein The Scottish Law Commission (SLC) has published proposals for the reform of the law of heritable securities (that is, mortgages secured over land and buildings in Scotland). Walker Morris’ Banking & Finance Litigation partner Rob Aberdein, who sits on the SLC Advisory Group undertaking this review, highlights the key takeaways for lenders. […]
By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 15 May 2019 the Federal Council adopted a plan to implement the national strategy to protect Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS) until 2022 and took additional steps towards the establishment of a cybersecurity competence centre. The implementation plan defines responsibilities within the federal administration and describes the tasks of […]
By Tiago Marreiros Moreira, João Riscado Rapoula In a volatile context, with growing uncertainty across Europe, Portugal is strengthening its position as one of the safest countries in the world to live and to invest. For the past year, the Portuguese government has focused on creating conditions to ensure Portugal attracts foreign investors and entrepreneurs. […]
By Paulo Pinheiro, Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira, Catarina Pinto Correia andAna Marta Castro Portugal is a signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), which provides for reciprocal market access commitments in procurement between the European Commission (EC) and World Trade Organization members that are signatories to the GPA. As an […]
By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: Practical tips for managing GDPR breaches and breach notification Consultation on a new Rent Standard from 2020 Committee launch inquiry into long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing EV charging points: more flexibility for development following recent amendment […]
Trowers & Hamlins has appointed 12 new partners across its London, Birmingham, Manchester, Exeter, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi offices. Half of the promotions are London-based, with three in Exeter and one in Manchester. Outside of the UK, Trowers’ Bahrain and Abu Dhabi offices have each received one new partner. Over the last two years, Trowers […]
Pinsent Masons is acting on a £2.5bn regeneration and growth programme for the London borough of Harrow. Dubbed “Building a better Harrow”, the project for Harrow Council is being led by real estate partner Scot Morrison alongside procurement director Wendy Nicolson and property senior associate Amy Walker. Though it is a London-focused deal, the team […]
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has re-elected Lisa Mayhew as co-leader of the firm, while her fellow co-chair Therese Pritchard has been replaced by another US-based partner. Steven Baumer will take over from Pritchard next year. Pritchard has served as chair of legacy firm Bryan Cave since October 2014, and then as co-chair of BCLP […]
The agenda for this year’s Business Leadership Summit has now been finalised thanks to an advisory board chock-full of some of the market’s leading thinkers, doers and future-market specialists. This year’s theme is literally simple: back to basics. With the level of noise in the market today around new technology and the latest supposedly time-saving […]
Fieldfisher is considering whether to expand its low-margin consumer services business Roscoe Reid internationally, which is understood to have generated about £2.5m in the last financial year. The firm is eyeing Munich as the next likely location for the setup of a similar service, with the opportunity to serve claimants affected by the Volkswagen emissions […]