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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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In brief: Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn

Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn, the French inter-national firm, has poached an international litigation team from its Parisian rivals Jeantet & Associes. Partner Bruno Leurent is taking colleagues Nathalie Meyer-Fabre and Marina Legrand with him. Leurent is currently acting as chairman on a panel of Commissioners at the UN Claim Commission in Geneva which is deciding […]

Balfour-Lynn's rise heralds revamp at Peters & Peters

The appointment of Julia Balfour-Lynn as managing partner of Peters & Peters represents the first stage of a firm-wide restructuring at the business crime specialists. Balfour-Lynn says the firm is planning a revamp of its partnership structure and significant growth in its regulatory and commercial litigation departments. Balfour-Lynn takes over single-handedly on 1 May when […]

Pension fund watchdog investigates Eversheds

Eversheds is being investigated by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for failing to make payments into its staff pension scheme. The criminal investigation could, in theory, land Eversheds in court, with the prospect of unlimited fines and two years’ imprisonment for those responsible. A spokeswoman for Opra says this is the first time a […]

Merging firms put lawyers at risk

Lawyers who face a conflict of interest because their firm is merging may be forced to leave newly combined firms, following a High Court ruling. The High Court has reinforced the principle that clients’ interests are paramount when a potential conflict of interest arises in mergers. A group of Lloyd’s Names tried to stop the […]

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Sainsbury’s has built its reputation on being a wholesome family-run company. But this year will be the first that a family member is not head of the company, following chairman Lord Sainsbury of Turville’s handover to non-executive chairman Sir George Bull. Sainsbury’s year so far has been characterised by change. Hundreds of its staff face […]

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