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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

Higher Dutch VAT rate on several LS-products

By Luca van Silfhout, Patrick Vettenburg A number of goods and services, listed in an annex to the Dutch VAT Act, qualify for the reduced VAT rate (instead of the regular VAT rate of currently 21%). Among these goods and services are: qualifying medicines, first-aid type supplies such as bandages and qualifying medical aids such […]

US raises bar for International Development Finance with proposed Build Act

By Paul M. Murphy, Mark McAuley Overview: The United States seems to be raising the bar for International Development Finance with the proposed BUILD Act. Through the proposed creation of a new U.S. Government institution, the International Development Finance Corporation, the US looks to create a new paradigm for the developing world – in direct response to […]

How can protectionism affect technology?

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

Promotion of indigenous R&D in pharmaceutical industry by the Delhi High Court

By Ajay Bhargava, Arvind Kumar Ray, Karan Gupta In the recent case of Modi-Mundipharma Private Limited v Union of India & Ors., (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 11802 of 2016), the High Court of Delhi (Court) has clarified that incremental innovation or novel drug delivery systems like lipid / liposomal formulations, sustained release, controlled release, etc. should […]

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Dechert fights off magic circle for Kuwaiti bond

Dechert has seen off competition from the magic circle, winning a beauty parade to advise on a $2bn (£970m) Middle Eastern bond issuance. The firm, led by London-based partner Abradat Kamalpour, advised Audi Saudi Arabia, Dresdner Kleinwort, JPMorgan, UBS, Standard Chartered Bank and West LB on the bond issued by Kuwaiti company Global Investment House. […]

Chadbourne & Parke raids BLP for projects team

Chadbourne & Parke has snared a three-partner project finance team from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Former BLP partners Agnieszka Klich, Jon Nash and Sohail Barkatali will all join the firm as partners based in the London office. Chadbourne managing partner, Charles O’Neill, commented: “The team is a major enhancement of the firm’s ability to serve […]

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Challinors reshuffles after chief exec exit

West Midlands-based firm Challinors Solicitors has made a number of changes to its senior management structure following the retirement of its chief executive. Andy Hodges has been appointed as chief executive to succeed David Higson with immediate effect. Hodges joined the firm from Fraser Brown, where he was chief executive. Senior partner Trevor Lee has […]

Australia’s Freehills makes extraordinary promotions

Australian commercial law firm, Freehills has appointed its Singapore-based special counsel Simon Taskunas to the partnership as part of a year-end intake for high-fliers. The firm’s managing partner Gavin Bell said that appointing lawyers into the partnership at the end of a calendar year is an exception to the normal rule. The firm’s normal round […]

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