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FCA opens notifications for temporary permissions regime in case of no-deal Brexit

By François Pfister, Anne-Gaëlle Delabye In order to ensure that investment funds that are currently marketed in the United Kingdom under the European Economic Area (EEA) passporting regime continue to be able to do so in the event of there being no implementation period based on the withdrawal agreement after 29 March (no-deal Brexit), the […]

Changes in the procedure for admission of foreign medical devices and medicines to public procurement in Russia

On 1 January 2019, amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 of 05.02.2015 that provides for restrictions and conditions for the admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries for the purpose of procurement for state and municipal needs (“Resolution No. 102”). And the Resolution of […]

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Subjecting opinions to the immunity test

Jean Graham Hall is co-author of The Expert Witness with Gordon D Smith. Liability is now becoming an important issue for expert witnesses, according to Jean Graham Hall and Gordon Smith. The expert witness, when requested by a solicitor on behalf of a client contemplating litigation to provide an independent report and give evidence, may […]

Merrills turns to Freshfields

Investment bank Merrill Lynch chose Freshfields ahead of Linklaters to advise it on its £3.1bn takeover of Britain’s biggest fund manager, Mercury Asset Management (MAM). The bank’s decision to turn to Freshfields for such a major deal has surprised City lawyers, given Linklaters’ close association with Merrill Lynch. Linklaters advised on the bank’s acquisition of […]

Deloittes legal audit partner to quit

Deloitte & Touche’s head of professional practices, William Barnes, who specialises in auditing law firms, is to leave next spring without a new job to go to. Barnes, who is 42 and has been a Deloittes audit partner for 10 years, said that he had only ever wanted to be in audit for “a certain […]

Stronger in Spain

US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has strengthened its new Spanish office with the addition of four Spanish associates. Squire Sanders now has six lawyers working in Madrid. Corporate specialist Josep Maria Julia becomes the second lawyer to join Squire Sanders from Madrid firm JYB Cremades y Asociados former Cremades tax specialist Javier Santos was […]

In brief: Bar reviews 'fat-cat barrister' costs

The Bar is urgently drafting proposals for slashing costs in high-cost cases, in the wake of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s public attack on “fat-cat barristers” and his legal aid proposals.

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