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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 […]

The digital era – Time to re-imagine your business

Last year, the UK was named the least productive European nation in the G7 and latest figures suggest that things have not improved; in fact, some claim these productivity challenges are one of the biggest economic threats facing Britain. At the same time, the intense and constant pace of change caused by the digital era […]

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Barrister loses NatWest bank charges court battle

Tom Brennan, the recently qualified barrister who sought to claim damages from NatWest Bank over unauthorised overdraft charges, was yesterday (30 July) told he could not continue proceedings. In the City of London County Court, Judge Peter Simpson said Brennan had a very modest claim and that there is no prospect of success. Brennan had […]

Can Clifford Chance break the mould and succeed with US second coming?

Clifford Chance break the mould and succeed with US second coming?” />News that Clifford Chance is to launch a fresh assault on the US market will be watched closely on both sides of the Atlantic, not least because the UK giant has failed so miserably in its US jaunts in the past. Even global managing […]

Corporate Manslaugher Act gets Royal nod

•The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act received its Royal Assent last week after 10 years of campaigning by unions and pressure groups. The act will see companies facing prosecution for manslaughter where their gross negligence leads to the death of individuals. This landmark approval will not only seeprivate companies and organisations holding liability, but […]

Chinese firm Zhonglun set for City assault

London’s reputation as the world’s financial centre is set to be enhanced by the City’s only Chinese law firm Zhonglun W&D making a groundbreaking recruitment move. The Chinese firm is looking to reverse the trend of UK firms plundering Chinese talent with the hire of Lovells senior associate Emily Wang, who will join Zhonglun as […]

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