This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 5th January 2014

Jonathan Ames

Opening European football’s winter transfer window on New Year’s Day triggers a strong gust of realism to remind fans of what the sport is about – money, and lots of it, in the players’ pockets. UEFA – the game’s governing body in Europe – is attempting to teach its member clubs good housekeeping by enforcing its financial fair play rules, which kicked off in 2011 and are designed in principle to prevent clubs from splurging too much on the spoilt brats and going bust. But as our correspondents from law firm Taylor Wessing point out, those relatively new regulations are facing a hard challenge. A Belgian sports agent representing several European footballers has launched a complaint with the European Commission alleging the rules breach EU regulations on competition and free movement. Our commentators assess whether the agent will win, lose or draw. Click here for more information.

That the British are obsessed with property prices is hardly news – speculation on bubbles and boasts of astute purchases will have dominated Christmas and New Year dinner parties in London and even further afield. But the addiction extends beyond residential property to commercial real estate, as our experts, London-based law firm Nabarro, illustrate with a snapshot of the current market, claiming that confidence is rising to levels not seen since the economic gloom of the financial crisis descended some five years ago. A significant finding? That funding ‘continues to shift away from the banks to new debt providers and investors such as private equity, institutional investors, pension funds, life insurers and debt funds’. Click here for more information.

You’re nowhere these days as a dispute resolution jurisdiction unless you can boast a shiny international arbitration centre. Singapore’s got one; the Persian Gulf fiefdoms of Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are tripping over each other in a bid to provide the flashiest state-of-the-art facilities. Now the Kenyan capital wants to get a slice of the action. Our expert on the ground from global law firm DLA Piper assess the prospects for the newly minted Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 

DLA Piper: Privacy top 10: things you think you know about privacy — but don’tDownload

Mills & Reeve: The new directors’ remuneration reporting regimeDownload

Shoosmiths: Public procurement: revised thresholdsDownload

Taylor Wessing: Are UEFA’s financial fair play rules headed for an early bath?Download

Walker Morris: New gTLDs launched: an opportunity (and threat) for brand ownersDownload

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Top five briefings by practice area 

Banking & finance: Final Volcker rules — a gift for non-US investment funds?Download

Company/commercial: BVI companies for initial public offeringsDownload

Employment: Workers sleeping on the job — are they entitled to the national minimum wage?Download

Information technology: Meeting the challenges of legal departments head on: part oneDownload

Real estate: 2014 — lift-off: UK real estateDownload

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Top five briefings by region 

Asia & Australasia: China (finally) opens for business: Shanghai free-trade zone launchesDownload

Middle East: A momentous step: Kenya establishes international arbitration centreDownload

Offshore: CIMA — statement of guidance for regulated mutual fundsDownload

UK and Europe: Europe’s Unified Patent Court motors onDownload

US & the Americas : US federal courts take limited review of parties’ challenges to arbitratorsDownload

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