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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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The Frankfurt office of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw Gaedertz has hired Clifford Chance Pünder’s head of debt capital markets Joerg Wulfken He is the third German banking partner to join Mayer Brown from Clifford Chance in the space of nine months.Wulfken joins the firm on 1 August, hard on the heels of former Clifford […]

Deals summary

Weil Gotshal & Manges (Jacky Kelly) advised UBS in connection with structuring and executing a e176m (£113.8m) synthetic collateralised debt obligation. Lead manager Schroder Salomon Smith Barney was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Erica Handling). Allen & Overy advised Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, and ABN Amro Bank […]

Deayton's secret weapon in privacy case: Spearman

Schillings’ instruction of rising silk Richard Spearman was crucial in its battle against The Mail on Sunday Will privacy laws swing in the favour of newspapers that wish to publish sordid details of a male celebrity’s sexual activities, or to the personalities who want to keep the more juicy details of their lives to themselves? […]

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Baker & McKenzie’s competition unit (Samantha Mobley) has obtained unconditional clearances from regulators in Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and the UK for Platinum Equity’s acquisition of Alcatel’s enterprise distribution business. Alcatel was repre-sented in-house. Davis Polk & Wardwell (John Bick) has advised US Industries Inc on the sale of its $40m (£27.4m) […]

Sky Capital opts for Nicholson Graham

Nicholson Graham & Jones has capitalised on its relationship with commercial Wall Street firm Ziegler Ziegler & Altman and gained a new client in the process Nicholson Graham corporate finance partner Owen Waft was approached by Scott Zeigler to act on behalf of start-up New York broker dealer Sky Capital Holdings on its offer for […]

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