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Higher Dutch VAT rate on several LS-products

By Luca van Silfhout, Patrick Vettenburg A number of goods and services, listed in an annex to the Dutch VAT Act, qualify for the reduced VAT rate (instead of the regular VAT rate of currently 21%). Among these goods and services are: qualifying medicines, first-aid type supplies such as bandages and qualifying medical aids such […]

US raises bar for International Development Finance with proposed Build Act

By Paul M. Murphy, Mark McAuley Overview: The United States seems to be raising the bar for International Development Finance with the proposed BUILD Act. Through the proposed creation of a new U.S. Government institution, the International Development Finance Corporation, the US looks to create a new paradigm for the developing world – in direct response to […]

How can protectionism affect technology?

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

Promotion of indigenous R&D in pharmaceutical industry by the Delhi High Court

By Ajay Bhargava, Arvind Kumar Ray, Karan Gupta In the recent case of Modi-Mundipharma Private Limited v Union of India & Ors., (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 11802 of 2016), the High Court of Delhi (Court) has clarified that incremental innovation or novel drug delivery systems like lipid / liposomal formulations, sustained release, controlled release, etc. should […]

Lawyers’ presence ensured during a competition investigation, but with riders

By Sagardeep Rathi, Pranjal Prateek, Ebaad Khan In a case connected to the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) cartel investigation in the conveyor belt market, an appellate bench of the Delhi High Court (Court) (LPA 607/2016; Judgment dated 24 May 2018) has confirmed a single judge bench judgment of the Court (WP(C) 11411 of 2015; Judgment […]

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Scotland’s Burness Paull has bolstered its corporate finance practice with the addition of MacRoberts partner Robert Burns. Burns, who has been with MacRoberts since beginning his training in 1995, has worked on a range of public and private transactions throughout his career, including acting for BCW Group in the £29m private equity-backed MBO of its […]

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Stephenson Harwood secures licence to open Seoul office this autumn

Stephenson Harwood is set to open its office in Seoul in the autumn, after being granted a licence to practice in the jurisdiction by the Korean Ministry of Justice. The firm hired shipping and finance partner Michael Kim, who previously headed DLA Piper’s South Korea office, in February (7 February 2014). Having helped the firm […]

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 3 August 2014

Commercially sensitive data and information (or trade secrets in old money) are more important than ever – and more vulnerable than ever. Businesses and their lawyers need to be on constant guard to protect vital nuggets – and now the EU is lending a hand with a soon-to-be-implemented directive. As usual with Brussels, literalism is […]

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Midnight training contract deadline looms as intake numbers shrink

The date for would-be lawyers to submit their training contract applications is imminent, with most applicants facing a deadline of midnight tomorrow. This year’s applicants are facing a slimmer chance of attaining a training contract than ever. Figures released by the Law Society last year show that the number of training contracts registered in 2011/12 (the […]

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LCH Clearnet hires Freshfields senior associate as new general counsel

London Stock Exchange-owned clearing house LCH Clearnet has hired Diane Bouwmeester as its group general counsel and head of compliance. Bouwmeester steps into the role from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she has been a senior associate since 2007. She becomes the first person to hold the newly-established general counsel and compliance head position at LCH […]

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