This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 2nd March 2014

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Estate duty being re-introduced in India – An update

Presently, India does not have an estate duty. The Estate Duty Act, 1953 which sought to impose an estate duty in India on property passing on demise was repealed in the year 1985. Is the estate duty a relic of the past? Rumours are rife that an estate duty will soon be reintroduced in India. […]

Market trends in offshore relocations to the Channel Islands for HNWs and businesses

Leading a team of specialists in both HNW and business relocations across BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg, Ogier partner Jonathan Hughes has a unique perspective on trends and factors driving relocations to the Channel Islands. As substance regulations make new demands on economically active HNWIs, the Channel Islands’ offering of a London-equivalent professional services […]

EUR 50 million fine for GDPR in France. What about CEE?

On 21 January 2019, the French data protection authority — the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (“CNIL”) — issued a General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) fine of EUR 50 million against Google LLC. (“Google”). The CNIL launched its investigation of Google on 1 June 2018 based on two complaints filed by data subjects. […]

Macedonia: Stricter rules for awarding new exploitation concessions

After a long, complex and nation-wide discussion, on 9 January 2019, the Macedonian Parliament introduced stricter rules for obtaining exploitation concessions. Effective immediately, the novelties from the Minerals Law target potentially new mines, and they came as a result of the broad interest shown during the last couple of years concerning the environmental effects of the mining […]

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Wragge & Co last reported on Wuhan Guoyu Logistics Group Co Ltd v Emporiki Bank of Greece SA in April 2013. The dispute related to a shipbuilding contract where the bank guaranteed the payment obligations of its customer, the buyer, to the claimant seller under the contract. There was a dispute as to whether a payment instalment […]

DLA Piper adds three lawyers from BLP to its real-estate team

DLA Piper has appointed Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, Laurence Rogers and Neville Wright to its real-estate team. The three partners join the firm from BLP. Hopkinson-Woolley has a broad-ranging commercial real-estate practice and advises clients from international investors and developers, banks and real-estate funds to small private property companies and high-net-worth individuals. He has experience in relation […]

Failure to pay ICC advance on costs is not fatal

Defendants in arbitration proceedings are often reluctant to pay their share of the advance on costs ordered by the arbitral institution. The temptation not to pay and to force the claimant to choose between paying the defendant’s share or letting the arbitration grind to a halt can be a strong one, especially if the health […]

Dewey and Barclays relationship to be examined in court

It was the biggest law firm collapse of all time but the fallout from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s insolvency is only set to intensify. Barclays’ attempt to avoid a full trial over its relationship with the firm was defeated at the High Court in February. Now the bank will have to face the former partners who […]

Camp unveils major tax reform plan

By Evan M Migdail and Bruce Thompson House Ways and Means committee chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) has unveiled his comprehensive tax reform proposal. Released as draft legislation, the Camp proposal calls for the most fundamental reform of the tax code in 27 years. Upon releasing the plan, Camp said his reforms would make the tax […]

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