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Priority rights in Turkish law

According to the Industrial Property Law, which entered into force on 10 January 2017, an enterprise of goods or services ensure distinguishing from or service goods other undertakings and brand owners to ensure protection of the subject it is turned on and including the names of persons, provided that shown on the register can provide […]

Russia increases duties on US goods

On 23 March 2018, the United States of America introduced a special protective measure in the form of increased customs duties on imports for steel and aluminium products, including those originating from the Russian Federation… …The Government of the Russian Federation by its Decision No. 788 dated July 2018, therefore, introduced import customs duties rates […]

Why Islamic finance fits well in Kazakhstan

Since 1991, Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy and oil producer, has had to rely on the deteriorating infrastructure it inherited from the Soviet Union. As a result, nearly every piece of public infrastructure (eg roads, hospitals, power plants, kindergartens, sewerages) in Kazakhstan requires a different degree of upgrading or expansion…

Extortion, blackmail, and kidnap for ransom

In this market insight, originally written for CampdenFB, Schillings’ extortion, blackmail and kidnap for ransom specialists, John Chase and Brittany Damora, set out the scope of the threat and what steps family offices and family businesses need to take when faced with this type of critical risk scenario…

The Court of Protection endorses use of the Mental Capacity Act

By Michael Mylonas QC The requirement for written consent in schedule 3 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act has caused difficulties in some notable cases. Last week saw another challenge in which Mrs P needed the consent of her husband who had suffered an irreversible brain injury. She turned to the Mental Capacity Act 2005…

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Goldman Sachs funds ace joins King & Spalding

King & Spalding has scored another coup for its private equity group by taking on a funds specialist from Goldman Sachs. Stephen Culhane served as vice-president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs & Co and was legal director of the private equity group. He will join King & Spalding’s New York private equity group, […]

Bevan Ashford boosts London office with two appointments

Bevan Ashford has accelerated its push into London with the appointment of two new partners in the space of a month. Former Tarlo Lyons litigation partner Peter Moody, who specialises in IT, technology, retail and leisure disputes, joined the firm last Monday. Meanwhile, Pinsents banking and tax associate Christine McElroy is quitting her old firm to join Bevan […]

Herbert Smith tops M&A rankings with help from Sanofi-Synthelabo

Herbert Smith is at the top of Mergermarket’s announced European M&A league tables by value for the first time, partly thanks to its role on the first quarter’s mega-deal Sanofi-Synthelabo’s €53bn (£35.36bn) hostile bid for Aventis. The hostile bid, which could create the world’s third-largest pharmaceutical company, has dominated the deals-by-value tables, with 16 law […]

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Feathers are flying at US law firm Crowell & Moring. Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks are quacking in fear following reports of a serial duck killer. London managing partner Peter Teare confirmed that there had indeed been cases of duckocide at the firm in recent weeks. The attacks follow an internal backlash by partners believed […]

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