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What the Financial Collateral Act in Serbia brings to the table

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Financial Collateral Act (“FCA“) on 8 June 2018 (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 44/2018). The FCA bill was proposed by the Serbian Central Bank (National Bank of Serbia, “NBS“) on 22 May 2018 and the FCA will apply as of 1 January 2019. Financial contracts which have not been enforced by […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

‘Valued Landscape’ – not a ‘restrictive policy’

On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

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Stewarts Solicitors

Stewarts Solicitors is taking on the Americans at aviation litigation. In August, the litigation boutique shook the industry with the star hire of underwriter Amlin Aviation’s general counsel James Healy-Pratt. He joins Stewarts in December in the newly created role of head of aviation litigation, focusing on advising claimants in aviation accidents. Managing partner John […]

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New Ucits III rules have re-energised the investment funds market in Europe. By Barry McGrath As expected, the latest set of EU regulations regarding collective investment schemes – the undertakings for collective investments in transferable securities (Ucits III) – has opened up an exciting new spectrum of product possibilities for the investment funds industry in […]

Struggling Wallenstein becomes easy target

IP boutique Wallenstein & Wagner is disintegrating, with specialist and national firms rushing to benefit. The Chicago firm’s problems are understood to have been sparked by an unconfirmed contract dispute. However, it has been struggling since entering a costly lease agreement three years ago for its South Wacker Drive premises. Former partner James Muraff explained […]

International Eye: Asia

UK firms enjoy Chinese market expansion Good news for UK firms looking to beef up in the Far East. Exclusive research by The Lawyer Global 100 (full report out 30 October) reveals that UK firms are the most successful in terms of increasing their representation in China. While Baker & McKenzie remains the largest foreign […]

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