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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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Robert Guest is to join Societe Generale Asset Management’s (SGAM) new UK subsidiary as its head of compliance and legal. Guest, who joins from domestic asset management firm Johnson Fry Holdings, where he has been for three years, will be responsible for setting up new funds and getting authorisation from the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation […]

Surviving the Bre-X scandal

The recent scandal involving Bre-X, a junior Canadian mining company that claimed to have found the world’s largest gold deposit in Indonesia, sent shock waves through the Canadian investment community. At risk was Canada’s international reputation for mining expertise, and its position as the leading market for mining investment and finance. In the days immediately […]

In brief: Withers expands into KPMG's property

City firm Withers has announced it is taking over two more floors of 70 Fleet Street from KPMG. The firm, based in Gough Square behind Fleet Street, previously occupied the third floor but has decided to “bank the extra space for future expansion”. Withers will pay £25 per square foot for the space with the […]

In brief: Law Soc to survey views on conveyancing

Solicitors are being asked this month whether they want the Law Society to amend its regulations to restrict conveyancing solicitors in acting for both lenders and borrowers. The Law Society’s policy committee has issued a questionnaire to all firms asking them to choose between four options: leaving the rules as they are; amending them so […]

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