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Clifford Chance secures victory over Cleary in landmark Google dispute

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton-represented Google has been hit with a record £3.8bn (€4.3bn) fine by the European Union Commission (EC) for breaching EU antitrust rules. This is the second record EC antitrust fine that Google has been hit with in two years, following a £2.1bn (€2.4bn) fine in 2017, both of which were pursued […]

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Linklaters and Eversheds lead as Rolls-Royce continues spate of asset sales

Linklaters and Eversheds Sutherland have advised in the £500m sale of Rolls-Royce’s loss-making marine division, two weeks after the British manufacturing giant revealed the extent of its major business shake-up. Linklaters corporate partner Hugo Stolkin and managing associate Adam Rogowski have advised the buyer, Norwegian defence, marine and aerospace company Kongsberg Gruppen.  Kongsberg, which is 50 per […]

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Clifford Chance leads on bumper fintech listing for PayPal rival

Clifford Chance has advised on one of the largest IPOs in Continental Europe this year, tapping into a trend of tech companies pursuing public listings. The magic circle firm won the mandate from Dutch fintech company Adyen, which hosts payment platforms for companies such as eBay, Uber and Netflix. Adyen turned to magic circle partner […]

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Slaughters leads opposite best friend firm on £1.5bn DS Smith deal

Slaughter and May and Iberian firm Pérez-Llorca have advised DS Smith in a deal to take over European packaging business Europac for nearly £1.5bn. DS Smith general counsel and company secretary Iain Simm turned to Slaughters corporate partners Andy Ryde and Filippo de Falco, who led a team on the deal. The lineup also included […]

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European 100: Forget about Brexit, the real threat is cyber security

Independent European firms are more worried about cyber security risks to their business than they are about global politics, Brexit or the Trump administration, exclusive research has revealed. Almost two-thirds of firms responding to the European 100 survey this year said they had identified cyber security as a risk for their business in 2018. The […]

The European 100 2018 results: Garrigues tightens grip with new revenue record

Iberian firm Garrigues has become the first Continental European firm to break through the €350m (£307m) turnover barrier, holding its place as the largest independent firm in The Lawyer European 100. Garrigues posted a 2.2 per cent rise in revenue last year to push total income to €357.1m, keeping it comfortably ahead of French firm […]

Eversheds and HSF lead on £700m engineering deal

Eversheds Sutherland and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have acted on the near £700m sale of British-owned engineering company, John Guest Holdings to Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC). Eversheds acted for John Guest’s shareholders, led by M&A partner Chris Halliday, with legal director Wyn Jones and senior associate Hannah Kaye. John Guest is one of Europe’s biggest suppliers of plastic fittings […]

Hogan Lovells makes up first new global IP head in 15 years

Hogan Lovells has appointed IP partner Burkhart Goebel as its first new global head of intellectual property in 15 years, as the leadership baton moves across from Germany to Spain. Goebel, who is based in Madrid and Hamburg, will step down from his role as regional managing partner for Continental Europe to head the IP practice […]

Frankfurt

Slaughters Italian best friend BonelliErede launches in Frankfurt

Italian firm BonelliErede has become the latest firm to open up in the German financial centre of Frankfurt with a hub in the offices of its German best friend Hengeler Mueller. BonelliErede banking partner Giuseppe Rumi will head up the new office. Rumi also coordinates the best friends European financial institutions group, which includes Slaughter […]

Featured Briefings

EU: Your web doctor will see you now – software as a medical device

Patients nowadays have access to an enormous range of medical knowledge through social media, websites and health apps (in combination with wearables). The latter have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their ability to monitor in real time pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and other parameters. Doctors are also intrigued by the […]

Russia’s enduring love for fake luxury and legal action to take

By David Aylen and Elizaveta Osipchuk When reputable social media platforms are involved, rights holders should contact the social media company first and ask it to remove the account. Fortunately, such companies usually collaborate with brand owners as much as possible and take swift measures to block infringing content (usually within three to five days). However, […]

SmartLaw 2.0: expert insights for the future of law

A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]

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…

Portugal: changes to the rules on nationality

Organic Law No. 2/2018 establishes that the children of foreigners born in Portuguese territory (when the parents are not in the service of their home state), are considered Portuguese by origin, provided that one of the parents has been residing legally in Portugal for at least two years. This contrasts with the five years that were […]

Privilege perils – reporting with purpose

By Michelle Martin In the recent case of Artisan Glass Studio Limited v The Liffey Trust Limited, Slovak Limited (substituted by Aviva Limited & anor [2018] IEHC 278, which concerned fire damage to property, the High Court considered the relevant factors when deciding on a claim of litigation privilege, as set out below: “(a) Whether litigation […]

Merger control: Guidance paper on new transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany

In the second half of 2017 both Austria and Germany introduced transaction value based thresholds as alternatives to purely turnover based thresholds that trigger the obligation to obtain merger control approval. The Austrian test pursuant to section 9 (4) Austrian Cartel Act (“ACA”) requires, amongst others, the consideration for a transaction to exceed EUR 200 […]

Danube port legislation: building a bridge across various jurisdictions

The Danube is the longest river in Central Europe, and thus has significant economic potential. However, the full potential of the Danube as a major transport route has not yet been exploited. A reason for this is the fact that the Danube crosses ten countries, and there are, as a result, ten different applicable port […]

Owners of Facebook Fan Pages warned by EU Court of Justice

In its judgement of 5 June 2018, the EU Court of Justice (“CJEU”) had a clear message for owners of Facebook Fan Pages: because of your choice to use Facebook’s social network for your marketing activities, you are jointly responsible together with Facebook for the processing of personal data of the visitors of your Fan […]

Russian restrictions for VPNs and anonymisers

By Meldir Erbulekova On July 29 2017 the Law on Amendments to the Law on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (Federal Law 276 FZ) was adopted. The new law provides for the regulation of VPNs and other technologies (known as ‘anonymisers’) that allow users to surf the Internet anonymously. The new legal framework […]

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