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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Ashursts hires lawyer from BT Ignite

Ashurst Morris Crisp has added a finance capability to its fledgling Spanish practice with the hire of BT Ignite’s general counsel for Southern Europe. Gonzalo Jiménez-Blanco will join the firm’s partnership shortly. Ashursts counts BT among its major clients, but the Spanish office uses Clifford Chance and Gomez Acebo & Pombo in Spain. First revealed […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – LITTLEWOODS

Lovells hikes M&A market with Littlewoods instruction The struggling M&A market last week saw a glimmer of hope as Lovells helped sell off retailer Littlewoods to the reclusive billionaire Barclay brothers. The deal, which signals the end of the Moores family’s 80-year ownership of Littlewoods, is worth £750m and adds to Sir David and Sir […]

Bahrain Bank picks Norton Rose

Norton Rose has received its first major instruction from Bahrain International Bank (BIB) to advise on the restructuring of its $460m (£294m) debt Historically, BIB has relied on Bahrain lawyers or overseas firms in jurisdictions receiving the bank’s investment – often the US.The instruction is likely to signal the start of a trend of Middle […]

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