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Merger control: Guidance paper on new transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany

In the second half of 2017 both Austria and Germany introduced transaction value based thresholds as alternatives to purely turnover based thresholds that trigger the obligation to obtain merger control approval. The Austrian test pursuant to section 9 (4) Austrian Cartel Act (“ACA”) requires, amongst others, the consideration for a transaction to exceed EUR 200 […]

Danube port legislation: building a bridge across various jurisdictions

The Danube is the longest river in Central Europe, and thus has significant economic potential. However, the full potential of the Danube as a major transport route has not yet been exploited. A reason for this is the fact that the Danube crosses ten countries, and there are, as a result, ten different applicable port […]

Social Housing Monthly Law Update – July 2018

By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent Chair appointed to lead independent review into planning appeal inquiries Registered Social Landlords Bill gains Royal Assent Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing New powers […]

Industrial strategy: government proposals to use IP to stimulate innovation

By Jo Pritchard The government has recently published the outcome of its consultation on maximising the incentives of the IP (intellectual property) system to stimulate collaborative innovation and licensing opportunities. The call for views was one of a number of initiatives on IP announced by the government as part of its Industrial Strategy in November 2017.   Views […]

Express duty of good faith: rescuing drafting deficiencies

By Susan Honeyands The High Court has recently held that an obligation to act in good faith was breached when a company managing referrals to physiotherapy clinics used the other party’s information to set up a rival business. The case is interesting because the express good faith clause rescued other drafting deficiencies, in particular, the […]

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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is ramping up its cartel and criminal practice just days after hitting British Airways (BA) with a multimillion-pound price-fixing fine. Senior prosecutor David Rawlings from HM Revenue and Customs has been drafted in as a senior criminal lawyer and is the first in a line of possible legal appointments […]

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Peter Fleischer: Google

Google’s global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer is on a crusade to uphold the company’s stance against governments breaching users’ right to privacy. By Malar Velaigam Internet giant Google is famous for several reasons: its highly popular search engine, its unorthodox organisation structure and its big acquisitions, such as the purchase of YouTube last October. But […]

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Alliance Boots will bolster its in-house legal team over the next year and will recruit a dedicated head of M&A to cope with its expansion plans. The newly privatised company’s head of legal Marco Pagni told The Lawyer that he is also looking for one more lawyer for the wholesale division of the legal function, […]

Crutes targets North East rivals with director swoop

North East firm Crutes has appointed its first-ever commercial director in chartered accountant Tim Robinson. Robinson joins the firm from £400m North East-based specialist vehicle and engineering business Tanfield Group, where he was finance director. He is charged with expanding the firm’s service offering from its current portfolio of litigation, insurance and public sector work […]

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