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What the Financial Collateral Act in Serbia brings to the table

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Financial Collateral Act (“FCA“) on 8 June 2018 (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 44/2018). The FCA bill was proposed by the Serbian Central Bank (National Bank of Serbia, “NBS“) on 22 May 2018 and the FCA will apply as of 1 January 2019. Financial contracts which have not been enforced by […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

‘Valued Landscape’ – not a ‘restrictive policy’

On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

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Norton Rose has taken on an acquisition finance partner from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in New York. Tom Speechley, who worked for Norton Rose’s acquisition finance group from 1992 to 1998, returned to the firm on 1 May following a three-year stint in the US. His experience is in US buyouts and in the […]

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Shearmans reshuffles key partners in the UK and US

New York firm Shearman & Sterling is reshuffling its Silicon Valley management and sending out one of its senior London partners. Head of the Bay Area Peter Lyons will return to New York after just one year in the post. He will be replaced by London partner John Wilson, a senior US securities lawyer who […]

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Has anyone noticed the similarity between Eversheds’ national head of biosciences Patrick Farrant and Nigel Short, the chess grandmaster? It smacks of yet another example of law firms getting into the cloning business and reproducing the country’s finest brains to bill, bill, bill. More interestingly, though, Nigel Short is an anagram for “loser thing”, “English […]

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