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What the Financial Collateral Act in Serbia brings to the table

The Serbian Parliament adopted the Financial Collateral Act (“FCA“) on 8 June 2018 (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 44/2018). The FCA bill was proposed by the Serbian Central Bank (National Bank of Serbia, “NBS“) on 22 May 2018 and the FCA will apply as of 1 January 2019. Financial contracts which have not been enforced by […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

‘Valued Landscape’ – not a ‘restrictive policy’

On 9th June the High Court settled this long-running conundrum by sealing a consent order in which the Secretary of State agreed that paragraph 109 of the Framework is not a restrictive policy for the purposes of footnote 9.  This Note explains why…

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

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Perkins Coie Taiwan office falls victim to technology slowdown

Perkins Coie has closed its Taiwan office. The combined effects of increased competition and a slowdown in its traditional technology client base have forced the US firm to assess its strategy for the region. Now relieved of its first office in the region, the firm will instead direct resources to Hong Kong and Beijing.Local managing […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – Lloyds TSB

This huge single sale was the largest auction Linklaters & Alliance has handled for Lloyds TSB.The firm’s decades’ old relationship with the bank has long since grown out of corporate to encompass other areas of the firm. Partner Christopher Coombe manages the relationship for real estate and has advised the bank on all its recent […]

Ashursts seals first deal for Cinven in two years

Ashurst Morris Crisp has done its first buyout for private equity house Cinven since 1999, advising on the £204m acquisition of two Burmah Castrol chemical divisions.Ashursts corporate partner Bruce Hanton was called up to do the deal when Cinven decided to bid for the metallurgical and releasants chemicals divisions.Cinven’s two main corporate firms are Ashursts […]

Treat me right

Skandia Life head of legal Ken Morrison won’t take any sloppiness from laws firms. Fiona Callister talks to a man for whom impeccable customer service is a given Skandia Life’s head of legal Ken Morrison is getting tough. Not only with his own company (of which more later), but also with external law firms. To […]

An old firm game

Tulkinghorn has a new favourite firm. It might not be that popular with the residents of the Barbican (they’ve been making a frightful amount of noise on closing deals, apparently), but Linklaters & Alliance has won Tulkinghorn over. I concede that this has little to do with their ability as lawyers (although one has no […]

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