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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Brief encounter: allen & overy

The promises of riches to be reaped from the energy sector persuaded Allen & Overy to open its Moscow office in 1993. While it has been working with Russian-based clients for a number of years, the firm took the bold step of opening in the region, led by energy lawyer Doran Doeh. Doeh had previously […]

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Hartford Financial Services Group sells subsidiary Zwolsche Algemeene to Allianz subsidiary Assurances Générales de France (AGF). Hartford advised by Allen & Overy‘s UK, Dutch and Luxembourg offices (Mark Wippell, Maartin Muller and Marc Feider). AGF represented by Bredin Prat & Associés (Richard Shepherd) and Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot.

B&M wins back IP partner

Baker & McKenzie has appointed a new partner to its Hong Kong IP department. Joseph Simone moves to the US firm from Hong Kong-based Johnson Stokes & Master. He worked at partner level within the firm, but was unable to become officially appointed due to local regulations. Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong IP practice head […]

Eversheds moves Leeds head to London

Eversheds is attempting to join the City private equity race as it relocates its Leeds head of corporate to head its London department. Ian Richardson, who was head of corporate at Eversheds’ Leeds office for 18 months, is relocating to London with two associates to shore up the two-partner City private equity group. He will […]

Lovells team wins £70m for Abbey National in £460m leaseback deal

Lovells’ property team has steered Abbey National to a £70m profit in the first-ever sale and leaseback deal for a UK bank, worth around £460m. Abbey National has sold its branch network and offices and agreed a 20-year contract to occupy them on a flexible basis. The preferred bidder was Mapeley Columbus, backed by Soros […]

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