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Scottish independent inches towards ECJ win over Article 50 revocability

Scottish independent firm Balfour + Mason has secured a positive decision from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General over whether the United Kingdom can call off Brexit without the consent of other EU member states. In the latest development of a year-long legal battle, 21-partner Scottish firm Balfour + Mason has advanced one step […]

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Eversheds reverses CEE office closure trend with DHP merger

Eversheds Sutherland is set to merge with CEE-based firm DHP Legal, expanding in an area that has had mixed fortunes for several international firms in recent years. Through this merger, Eversheds will add 49 lawyers and gain a presence both in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, bringing the firm’s global footprint to 68 offices in 34 countries. […]


White & Case joins fight for Paris talent with Orrick team hire

A team from Orrick’s French operations are to decamp for White & Case’s burgeoning corporate practice, the latest development in a spate of activity in the Paris market. Saam Golshani, Orrick’s co-chair of European restructuring and head of its Paris M&A and private equity group, is leading the move to White & Case. He has spent […]

William Fry takes on new pensions head from Eversheds

William Fry has appointed a new head of pensions, taking partner Ian Devlin from Eversheds Sutherland. Devlin had been at the Dublin office of Eversheds for 18 years, having trained at the firm at the turn of the Millennium. At Eversheds, he advised employers, pension scheme trustees and pension providers on pension issues. He was formerly […]

Schoenherr’s lead counsel advises Aves on the acquisition financing of NACCO/CIT Group

By Peter Feyl, Ursula Rath, Denisa Lazarescu Schoenherr, acting as lead counsel for the financing, successfully advised Aves One AG (“Aves”) on the financing of the acquisition of the NACCO/CIT Group. On 1 October 2018, Aves closed the NACCO/CIT Group transaction by acquiring 100% of NACCO Luxembourg S.à r.l. with around 4,400 freight cars, which will be managed […]


Dentons hires Taylor Wessing duo for Germany launch

Dentons is to open its fourth German office in the city of Düsseldorf, recruiting two partners from Taylor Wessing for the launch. Taylor Wessing’s former head of competition, EU and trade, Andreas Haak, will serve as managing partner of the new office. Alongside partner Jörg Karenfort (currently based in Dentons’ offices in Berlin and Brussels), Haak […]

Cleary and Wachtell close Versace sale to Michael Kors

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Gianni Origoni, Chiomenti and Orsingher Ortu have advised on the $2.13bn sale of Versace to Michael Kors Holdings, which will be renamed Capri Holdings Ltd. Cleary took the lead for Versace, representing GiVi Holding (the Versace Family holding company of Gianni Versace S.p.A.), Donatella Versace and […]

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Fieldfisher to enter Spain with double office launch

Fieldfisher is poised to open two new offices in Spain, via a merger with local firm Jausas. The firm will be based in Madrid, an attractive city for law firms due to a strong banking and corporate scene, while the second will be located in Barcelona which has a thriving tech start-up scene. The new offices […]

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Brexit and the protection of geographical indications for food and drink

By Ravi Randhawa In this article we review the potentially complex and disruptive implications of both a ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit for UK and EU producers of GI-protected products given the current huge economic benefit (and cultural value) for the UK with over £5 billion gained in annual exports of GI-protected products. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL […]

EU Commission clarifies categories of food supplement additives

By Aude Mahy, Aleksandra Sanak The European Commission has recently amended the Union list of additives authorised for use in food supplements. These products were categorized by their form of supply: solid, liquid and syrup-type or chewable. The latter category often led to interpretation issues. Following the discussions with Member States, the Commission decided to […]

Slovenia: Right to be heard in dawn raid

By Urša Kranjc In October 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) granted Produkcija Plus doo (Pro Plus) €52,500 in compensation after its right to be heard was violated in the proceedings relating to the fine imposed for obstructing the dawn raid. Facts Suspecting that Pro Plus was abusing its dominant position, the Competition Protection […]

Romania: Cybersecurity – Call for action for major companies in critical sectors

By Daniele Iàcona, Costin Sandu The first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity is expected to be transposed into Romanian law anytime now, bringing into play enhanced system security obligations for major companies in certain sectors, as well as fines of up to 5 % of non-compliant companies’ turnover. Romania is on its way to finalising the second […]

Hungary: HCA publishes digital consumer protection strategy

By András Nagy The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) recently published a strategy paper presenting its views on consumer protection in the digital age. The paper subtly indicates that the HCA will continue to follow the European Commission’s guidance in this regard. The paper highlights the measures which the HCA deems necessary to protect consumers and keep […]

Russia: An important message about geographical indications

By David Aylen, Elizaveta Osipchuk On July 27, 2018, the Russian State Duma passed first reading of a draft bill entitled “On Amendments to Part Four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (on geographical indications)” (the Bill). As a part of the general legislative process, a bill has to undergo three readings at the Russian […]

Brexit: what happens now?

By Kieran Laird, Ursula Johnston The government has deferred the vote on the current Brexit deal and we are now in the throes of a Tory leadership contest to see who will be the new Prime Minister. Theresa May used to say that Brexit means Brexit. But what does it mean now and what can businesses […]

AMC is allowed to produce an equivalent of CDCA if the used resources meet the quality standards

By Aurélie Mingels On the 28th of November, the Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (‘Inspectorate’) published the results of its investigation into the practice of the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam (‘AMC’) of the pharmaceutical compounding of an alternative to the medicine CDCA. Leadiant, the pharmaceutical company which owns the rights to the production of CDCA, had filed […]

Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

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