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 Oleksiy Burchevskyy November 2019 – Ukraine’s space industry has entered a new era. On 25 October 2019 the President signed the recently approved Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the State Regulation of Space Activities”. The main purpose of the new legislation is to commercialise space activities in Ukraine, which […]
By Andriy Nikiforov, Ganna Kalinichenko New Ukrainian Bankruptcy Code. The finance and debt restructuring perspective November 2019 – On 21 October 2019, the Code on Bankruptcy Procedures adopted by Ukraine’s parliament on 18 October 2018 (“the Code”) came into effect. The Code replaces the Act of Ukraine on Renewal of Debtor’s Solvency or Declaring It Bankrupt dated […]
By Stephen A. Pike Will Canada take legislative and regulatory action and how will it impact Canadian businesses? Insights for Canadian CEOs and directors addressing modern slavery in their businesses and supply chains At the present time, Canada lags behind many of its most important trading partners in ensuring that businesses are addressing modern slavery in […]
By Brent J. Arnold, Kavi Sivasothy This year has seen a number of interesting developments in Canadian cyber security. While the first wave of data breach cases slowly work their way through the court system, guidance for Canadian businesses has come from many other sources, including the federal government and regulators. These offer the clearest […]
By Jason Coates On 2 July 2019 the Pensions Regulator launched a consultation on the future of trusteeship and governance. The consultation closed on 24 September 2019. The consultation follows on from the Regulator’s work a couple of years ago on trusteeship under the 21st century trusteeship banner and continues with some of the themes identified […]
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DAC Beachcroft led Royal Mail to victory yesterday in its attempt to halt a planned strike by postal workers in the run-up to Christmas. Facing off against the communication workers union (CWU), represented by Penningtons Manches, DAC Beachcroft successfully convinced Justice Swift in its argument that there were “potential irregularities” in a recent postal ballot […]
The London office of French firm Gide has added a new partner in the City from Watson Farley & Williams. Colin Graham is to join its projects practice, having spent two years as a partner at WFW. He was previously at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe where he first became a partner. Other roles include an […]
Herbert Smith Freehills is set to to make ambitious changes to its London headquarters after taking on board requests from employees to improve agile working opportunities at the firm. In one of the latest steps to modernise staff conditions at HSF, a total of two floors could be removed in a bid to breathe new […]
Latham & Watkins and Morrison & Foerster have landed advisory roles on one of Visa’s latest joint ventures with which it seeks to expand its business in Africa. Latham advised Interswitch, a Nigerian company focused on payment digitisation, on its joint venture with Visa, advised by Morrison & Foerster. As part of the deal, the […]
In the latest stage of managing partner Simon Levine’s “radical change” strategy, DLA Piper is rolling out a new design thinking training scheme for lawyers and business professionals to help them support clients on more than just their legal issues. ‘Radical change’ is a wide-ranging initiative to ensure the firm is prepared to broaden its services […]
Blackstone Chambers has started work on its expansion, as it takes over 1 and 2 Garden Court’s previous offices and will now be neighbours with Fountain Court. The magic circle set has been over capacity for several years, with 28 barristers relocated to space on Essex Street 18 months ago. The new expansion will allow […]