This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 6 April 2014

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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Serious money: SFO tots up £18.5m legal bill as Tchenguiz claims escalate

The SFO is still nursing its scars after a bruising Dahdaleh trial last month, but the £18.5m price tag on its battle with the Tchenguiz brothers will only serve to pour salt into those already gaping wounds. The agency has already spent £8.13m defending the mammoth £300m case, which goes back to the arrest of […]

Freshfields

Freshfields hires former Cleary US capital markets partner Qureshi

Freshfields has made a landmark lateral hire in the form of former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton capital markets and US corporate partner Ash Qureshi. Qureshi quit Cleary’s London office in February 2010 after a decade at the firm, to become executive vice chairman of longstanding firm client Renaissance Group and CEO of Renaissance Asset […]

Peter German

German, Peter

Peter German’s practice is corporate and banking, including local and international banking with a particular focus on real-estate finance and restructuring. German specialises in providing partner-led, practical commercial legal advice within the context of the multi-jurisdictional transactions in which Jersey vehicles tend to operate; and in melding the Jersey law solutions with the commercial imperatives of […]

SFR

A&O, Ropes and Latham advise on Altice’s €17bn acquisition of SFR

Allen & Overy, Ropes & Gray and Latham & Watkins have scored instructions on Altice’s acquisition of France’s second-biggest telecom operator SFR. Having been engaged in a month-long bidding war with rival Bouygues, cable and mobile services provider Altice finally received the nod from Vivendi to acquire SFR, marking the biggest leveraged finance deal since […]

Marcus Pallot

Pallot, Marcus

Marcus Pallot’s practice area includes breach of trust and contractual disputes. He also has a focus on banking and regulatory work for clients located within the island comprising Jersey regulated banks, financial institutions and other regulated entities. Pallot has a particular reputation for his ability to act practically and pragmatically, whether that is by way […]

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