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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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Dutton to replace Vos as Bar Council chair

Timothy Dutton QC of Fountain Court chambers has been elected to take over as chair of the Bar Council when Geoffrey Vos QC stands down. Dutton, who is the current vice chair at the Council, will take up his post on 1 January 2008. Dutton, who was called to the bar in 1979, took silk […]

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US firms must ensure they adopt a working practice that is fit for purpose if they want to make their mark on the City. By Martin Moore and Jeremy Black US law firms are an increasingly important force in the London market. On 26 February The Lawyer revealed that revenue earned by the 10 US […]

Linklaters pilots wiki for shared knowledge

Linklaters has embraced the technological age with the launch of its own take on Wikipedia: Linkpedia. The magic circle firm’s internal online networking and research tool, which is currently being piloted, will mirror the functions available on the online encyclopaedia. Linklaters staff will be able to add photos, text and weblinks to Linkpedia themselves and […]

WilmerHale raid increases King & Spalding NY woes

Washington DC-based WilmerHale has hired the head of Atlanta-headquartered King & Spalding’s New York office Michael O’Brien. O’Brien’s departure is the latest in a damaging string of lawyer losses for King & Spalding’s New York base, including four in as many weeks in October last year when M&A co-head John Graham left for Clifford Chance, […]

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