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The legal hub – Create the ideal state for your corporate legal team

Corporate legal teams are under constant pressure to deliver more value to their organisations. Growing demand and changing expectations from the business mean that legal departments are adapting to embrace innovation and requiring their network of external counsel to do the same. Generally, corporate legal teams are adopting new technologies and adapting to changing pressures […]

Russian sanctions against Ukraine: Ban on the import of certain commodities

A ban on the import into Russia of certain commodities, the country of origin of which is Ukraine or which move through the territory of Ukraine was introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83. The list of the commodities prohibited for import is provided in […]

Draft patent (amendment) rules, 2018 published for objections and suggestions

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

Amendment to S. 197 of companies act, 2013 notified: Government approval no longer required for enhancement of managerial remuneration

In a long awaited move, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (CA Amendment Act), relating to managerial remuneration, which are now in force with effect from 12 September 2018. By way of a notification, the amendments to Section 197 and Schedule V of the Companies […]

Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

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Referral relationships help independent firms to punch above their weight against internationals in an increasingly cross-border legal world. In a legal world increasingly characterised by global consolidation, having a strong referral network not only helps independent firms compete with their international rivals when trying to attract clients or break into emerging markets – it can […]

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DLA Piper’s Middle East and Kuwait managing partner Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout has resigned to launch his own boutique firm in Kuwait. Al-Yaqout has teamed up with Carlyle Group MENA general counsel Bader El-Jeaan to launch the firm, Meysan Partners. Restructuring and M&A lawyer Al-Yaquout took up the regional managing partner role at DLA Piper in […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised on the establishment of a Cayman Islands securitisation structure for Manitowoc Company. This was the 5th Amended and Restated Receivables Purchase Agreement. The Manitowoc Company is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with more than 100 manufacturing and service facilities in 27 countries. It is recognised as one of the world’s […]

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Firm branding – it might get you in the room but it’s up to you after that

Pinning down elusive firm differentiation may soon be easier thanks to market forces, but will it actually deliver what we want? I have spent many hours over the years discussing how law firms can achieve differentiation in the market. The conversations are often very similar. First someone says ‘we have a very collegiate culture’. Then […]

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