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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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In what has already been a busy January for Kirkland & Ellis‘s City operations, the firm is gearing up to hire another new lateral from Weil Gotshal & Manges. The Lawyer understands that Weil’s most senior tax lawyer in London, David Irvine, has resigned for Kirkland. Irvine started his career at Deloitte in Australia as a tax […]
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to launch its first alternative legal services centre in New York, with the firm’s in-house tech unit now generating over £40m worth of revenue worldwide. The firm is opening in New York with a new e-discovery team, as well as a smaller operation in Hong Kong. Building on its existing e-discovery capabilities […]
Legal employees at Jaguar Land Rover face uncertainty at the company after it announced it was embarking on a programme to slash 4,500 jobs worldwide. The job cuts across the vehicle manufacturer, which are part of its £2.5bn plan to reverse losses, will begin with a voluntary redundancy programme in the UK. The bulk of the cull will […]
Dechert’s former Dubai co-managing partner Gavin Watson has left the firm for Pillsbury, where he will work as a partner in its London office. Watson has relocated from the Middle East to London, with a focus on cross-border corporate transactions in the oil and gas space. He joined Dechert in 2012 from defunct firm Dewey & […]
Deliveroo has reshuffled its in-house legal team after the departure of chief legal officer Rob Miller, who has left the food delivery service after just 12 months. Miller joined Deliveroo at the start of 2018 from tech startup Improbable, where he led its legal team for a year too. The former Fieldfisher lawyer also held […]
Revealing today double-digit revenue growth in its first six months as a listed firm, Knights is also looking to streamline its management functions with a new COO from Procter & Gamble. The appointment of Richard King as the firm’s first COO means Knights CEO David Beech can focus more on increasing the firm’s top line, new […]