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SRA provides some breathing space for law firms struggling to obtain PI cover

By Zarina Lawley The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently published a useful Q&A article on their website which we recommend all law firms take the time to read. It summarises some of the most common queries the SRA has received from solicitors about their rules and the potential impact of Coronavirus. The article discusses professional […]

New transparency measures in the public procurement field

1. Background Despite the constant update of the public procurement legal framework, the Romanian authorities have signalled several issues related to the public procurement contracts granted to certain companies, in circumstances which are not able to comply, in all cases, with the general principles of transparency and equal treatment. Thus, in order to ensure the […]

Montenegro: Insight into the New Companies Act

The new Montenegrin Companies Act which entered into force on 11 July 2020, is an innovative and thoroughgoing codification of Montenegrin Corporate Law. The legislator opted for a comprehensive legal instrument which, compared to the previous law, contains more detailed and exhaustive rules determining the establishment, management, restructuring, termination and functioning of business entities.

Coronavirus Digest no. 2: Patents and other intellectual property rights

Second volume of the Digest prepared by PLMJ and Inventa International on the crossover between the area of intellectual property and the challenges of COVID-19, especially regarding patents and utility models, as well as all the information on the path to obtaining a vaccine.

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GE sparks German legal spurt with Ashurst hire

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Akin partner boosts Reed Smith London

Reed Smith is continuing its expansionist streak in London with the hire of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner Richard Hierons, at the same time as the Texan firm embarks on its own hiring spree. Hierons, a corporate specialist, joins Reed Smith today (18 April), bringing the number of lawyers in the firm’s UK […]

Norton Rose leaves Grabiner to discover Brussels alone

Whether it be for dinner or across the negotiating table, Lord Grabiner QC is not a man you stand up lightly. But that’s exactly what Norton Rose and Grabiner’s opposition counsel 20 Essex Street’s Stephen Morris QC did in Brussels last week. The legal teams were out in Brussels for a European Commission hearing over […]

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Bray named top corporate star

Sullivan & Crowmell corporate partner Garth Bray has topped the individual partner league tables (by value) for the past 12 months. Bray advised on six deals worth 59.3m euros between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2005, according to Mergermarket, including the recent 6.7bn euro Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria – Banco Nazionale di Lavoro deal […]

Herbies gets £10m for DTI advice

Herbert Smith has racked up almost £10m in fees after advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the launch of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The firm pitched against a number of City rivals to scoop the two-year contract to advise the DTI on issues including the contractual framework needed to be put […]

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