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Rule changes affecting licence exempt supplies of electricity

By Stuart Urquhart Part 1: Electricity network charges and private wire supplies There has been a raft of recent announcements relating to aspects of energy regulation, many of them not entirely positive for developers of renewable energy projects.  This includes:- Ofgem’s consultation of 28 November proposing the removal of “embedded benefits” relating to balancing services use of system […]

Hungary: Tricks and Traps of Electronic Communication

By Kinga Hetényi, Alexandra Bognár We have seen continuous development over the past few years in the means of communication with the judiciary as well as central and local administrative bodies. But there are pitfalls one should be careful to avoid. The basics of electronic administration Electronic administration allows users to communicate efficiently with courts, authorities and […]

Don’t jump the gun! Mergers may be caught in the Romanian Competition Council’s crossfire

By Mona Banu, Cristiana Manea Gun jumping refers to premature enforcement of a merger before obtaining clearance from the competition authority. While most companies are aware of this interdiction, it can be difficult to balance the scope of the competition standstill obligation during the pre-closing period and the measures taken by the acquiring company to protect the […]

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The BPI, the industry group for UK record companies, has finally ended its search for a new general counsel, hiring Kiaron Whitehead from litigation firm Forbes Anderson Free. Whitehead will take over the role in March 2008 from Simon Baggs, a partner at media firm Wiggin who has filled the position temporarily as acting general […]

Lovells brings Japanese patent firm on board to create Tokyo IP team

Lovells has announced a merger with Japanese firm Kubota Law & Patent that will allow it to advise on domestic Japanese IP law for the first time. Lovells’ Tokyo office will bring in bengoshi partner Eiichiro Kubota in addition to seven associates on 1 January 2008. The lawyers include Mizue Kakiuchi, Yusuke Inui, Masahito Imai, […]

Wedlake Bell elects new leader and institutes supporting role

Commercial City firm Wedlake Bell has elected a new managing partner and created a new non-fee-earning role of chief executive to implement firm strategy. Commercial property partner Philip Matthews will take over as managing partner in April 2008 from Julian Cuppage, who has led the firm for 10 years. Wedlake is still looking for someone […]

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