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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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Binghams gets Marconi bondholders a say

Bingham Dana has secured the first meeting between ailing technology giant Marconi and company bondholders.The company, which is being financially restructured, owes its bondholders a total of around £2bn. It also owes its bankers, including Barclays and HSBC, £3.6bn. The company is talking to the banks, but bondholders, including those represented by Bingham Dana, have […]

Hongkong Land snaps up Charles Allen-Jones

Former Linklaters senior partner Charles Allen-Jones will join the board of property company Hongkong Land Holdings in December. Hongkong Land is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, which routinely instructed Allen-Jones when he was based at Linklaters‘ Hong Kong office. He will report to the company’s chief executive, Nick Sallnow-Smith.Allen-Jones stepped down as senior […]

Freshfields saves five from EC fines

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's competition department has successfully represented five pharmaceutical companies in the European Commission's recent investigation into vitamin cartels.

Survey findings point to merger as main priority for UK law firms

A survey of UK law firms has revealed that most believe the current spate of merger activity between firms is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost a third of the participants admitted that a merger was a key strategic aim.Professional services firm Smith & Williamson sought opinions from half of the UK’s top 125 […]

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