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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

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The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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Invensys to ditch panel of law firms

Engineering giant Invensys is scrapping its panel of firms and hand-picking individual lawyers to work on different jobs. Senior vice-president Jim Bays will co-ordinate a database of selected lawyers from firms around the world and circulate it around the company on its intranet. Lawyers who advised either BTR or Siebe last year on their merger […]

Olswang abandons EMI role after conflict fears

Olswang is bowing out of advising EMI on its bid for the new generation of phone licences after concerns over crumbling Chinese walls. The firm won a role advising EMI, a member of Virgin’s consortium SpectrumCo, after appearing at The Lawyer’s Legal Monte Carlo 99 conference (The Lawyer, 17 January). However, because it is acting […]

Olswang drops EMI work

The firm won a role advising EMI, a member of Virgin’s consortium SpectrumCo, after appearing at The Lawyer’s Legal Monte Carlo 99 conference. However, because the firm is acting for rival bidder MCI WorldCom, it feels the conflict would be too strong. EMI has now awarded the work to its long time adviser Rowe & […]

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