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Changing horizon of UK’s corporate insolvency and restructuring landscape

By James Forsyth The UK’s corporate insolvency and restructuring landscape will be changing dramatically, following the Government’s announcement on 26 August 2018. The Government proposes to introduce a wide range of reforms including: 1. A standalone restructuring moratorium for companies which are in financial distress 2. A statutory restructuring process which will potentially bind dissenting […]

Financing of solar panels on company premises simplified by Standard Act

By Joris van de Bunt By introducing a standard deed, property owners can now conclude an agreement with solar panel operators faster and cheaper for the installation of solar panels on company premises. In the past, explanation and assessment due to complexity led to long lead times and high consultancy costs. Because of this, smaller projects threatened […]

Who foots the bill for identifying online infringers?

By Matthew Estabrooks, Graeme MacPherson The famous New Yorker cartoon goes, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” This isn’t entirely true. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) knows you’re a dog. The question in Rogers Communications Inc. v. Voltage Pictures, LLC is who has to pay to find out. This decision, released on Friday, deals with […]

CSP Regulations- An Overview

By Alexander Camenzind On September 21, 2017, the Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations (“CSP Regulations”) came into force, providing for the first time the ability to obtain an extended period of patent protection for human and veterinary drugs in Canada. With the first anniversary of the program quickly approaching, an overview of its implementation may prove […]

Defendants liable for trademark infringement and passing off – Supreme Court

By Scott E. Foster, Kathy Tran On July 30, 2018, after a 15-day trial in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Mr. Justice Sewell issued Reasons for Judgment in a trademark infringement and passing off claim brought by two Royal Pacific companies against a former sales agent, Vinh Phat Steven Dong, and two companies owned and controlled by […]

Wide range of tax reforms

By Dominic Cole Vince Cable has suggested the creation of a ‘citizen fund’ to help the wider population benefit from investment returns. Of particular interest is the suggestion to abolish inheritance tax and instead tax gifts during people’s lifetimes. Lifetime giving can still be a very efficient form of estate planning in the right circumstances but […]

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Mayer Brown fills tax gap with new partner hire

Mayer Brown has added former Nabarro partner Simon Rose to its tax practice in London, nearly a year after the departure of its lead City partner to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Rose joins Mayer Brown as its third tax partner in London. He started his career at SJ Berwin in 1994, working there until leaving to […]

Edinburgh

Addleshaws parts ways with Scottish private client practice after team defection

Over a year into its Scottish merger, Addleshaw Goddard has lost a ten-strong private client team to independent firm Morton Fraser. The head of Addleshaw’s private client team in Edinburgh, Gregor Mitchell, will move across to Morton Fraser, alongside legal director Euan Fleming and a team of eight consultants, solicitors, paralegals and executive assistants. The defection comes […]

Quinn and Norton Rose face off in Ukraine-Russia bond battle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has secured victory for Ukraine in a long-running stand-off between the nation and Russia over the terms of a $3bn bond. The case was heard in the Court of Appeal last week, with the decision overturning a previous one made by the now-retired Mr Justice Blair – brother of former Prime […]

Schoenherr advises Aves One AG on a senior facility refinancing

Schoenherr successfully advised Aves One AG (“Aves One”) on its EUR 155m senior facility refinancing by entering into a new facility agreement with significantly improved commercial terms arranged by a consortium of leading German banks. As a result of this transaction, Aves has managed to optimise its financing structure and reduce its annual interest payments. “We […]

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