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Fund finance market: How can lenders protect themselves?

By Alistair Russell, Richard Munden, Ardil Salem Although the fund finance market has historically been, and continues to be, a particularly low-risk one for lenders, recent events have led some to consider a rather rare and unlikely scenario: what if a fund simply releases or waives the commitments of its investors without lender consent? A credit agreement will […]

Five key employment cases: 2018

By Antonia Blackwell As we enter the festive period and the start of a new year, we take a look back on some of the most notable cases of 2018. Employer’s liability A managing director’s assault on an employee was held to be “in the course of employment” by the Court of Appeal, and therefore […]

Fraudsters are entitled to make use of the law of adverse possession

By Nick Shepherd, Lucy Shepherd The Court of Appeal has held that the law of adverse possession can be used to obtain ownership of a property even if the possession came about due to previous fraudulent activity. Background The case of Rashid v Nasrullah involved two people named Mohammed Rashid, whom the court for convenience termed MR1 […]

Ontario postpones retail cannabis licence applications at the eleventh hour

By Lewis Retik, William Bjornsson At 7:30 p.m. on the evening of December 13, effectively one business day before the application portal for Ontario retail cannabis licences was scheduled to open, the Ontario government announced that it will postpone its acceptance of cannabis retail licence applications. The move was announced as a response to continued […]

Brexit and the protection of geographical indications for food and drink

By Ravi Randhawa In this article we review the potentially complex and disruptive implications of both a ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit for UK and EU producers of GI-protected products given the current huge economic benefit (and cultural value) for the UK with over £5 billion gained in annual exports of GI-protected products. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL […]

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Kirkland raids hedge fund for UK private equity partner

Kirkland & Ellis has further ramped up its London private equity capability with the hire of the general counsel and managing director of US hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners. Sam Pakbaz rejoins Kirkland after six years away from the firm, returning to the Chicago-based firm’s London office as a partner last Thursday (13 July). He […]

Running for the law

Keeping an eye on the legal community is no Monday-to-Friday, nine-to-five job. Last weekend Tulkinghorn was in Regent’s Park supporting Mrs Tulkinghorn and The Lawyer girls in a 5k run for Cancer Research. Lo and behold, Ashurst T-shirts were everywhere to be seen thanks to second-year trainee Katie Monk, who organised a team of 19 […]

It’s gloves off as the BPI attacks ISPs over filesharing

Tiscali and Cable & Wireless give short shrift to BPI demands. By Ben Moshinsky The music industry is not only rich and powerful, it is also raging a war against illegal filesharing. But after focusing its wrath on individual filesharers, music industry body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is now eyeing bigger prey – the […]

US firms keep marriages local

Plenty of US firms have taken a leaf out of Reed Smith‘s and Richards Butler’s book as the two firms look to complete their transatlantic merger following a successful partnership vote last month. But instead of a flurry of tie-ups across the pond, the US market is instead being bombarded by national link-ups. Pittsburgh-based law […]

DLA hires GM GC to boost Chinese operations

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has hired the former general counsel of Shanghai General Motors as a partner in its Shanghai office. Henry Wang is a US qualified lawyer with in depth experience of China’s motor industry. He also has experience in M&A, joint ventures or wholly foreign owned entities, IP, corporate financing, dispute resolution, […]

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