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Rule changes affecting licence exempt supplies of electricity

By Stuart Urquhart Part 1: Electricity network charges and private wire supplies There has been a raft of recent announcements relating to aspects of energy regulation, many of them not entirely positive for developers of renewable energy projects.  This includes:- Ofgem’s consultation of 28 November proposing the removal of “embedded benefits” relating to balancing services use of system […]

Hungary: Tricks and Traps of Electronic Communication

By Kinga Hetényi, Alexandra Bognár We have seen continuous development over the past few years in the means of communication with the judiciary as well as central and local administrative bodies. But there are pitfalls one should be careful to avoid. The basics of electronic administration Electronic administration allows users to communicate efficiently with courts, authorities and […]

Don’t jump the gun! Mergers may be caught in the Romanian Competition Council’s crossfire

By Mona Banu, Cristiana Manea Gun jumping refers to premature enforcement of a merger before obtaining clearance from the competition authority. While most companies are aware of this interdiction, it can be difficult to balance the scope of the competition standstill obligation during the pre-closing period and the measures taken by the acquiring company to protect the […]

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Paris Smith acts on HMS acquisition

South Coast firm Paris Smith & Randall has advised on the £22m acquisition of Hazard Management Solutions (HMS), a UK company specialising in terrorist threat advice to global clients. The company was bought by Vanguard Response Systems, part of the international counter-terrorist equipment systems provider Allen-Vanguard Corporation, which was advised by Reading firm Morgan Cole. […]

Norton Rose cements easyJet links with BA takeover

Norton Rose has consolidated its position as corporate adviser for budget-airline easyJet in its £103.5m purchase of British Airways (BA) franchisee GB Airways. Norton Rose has traditionally been easyJet’s corporate adviser and has remained in this position despite being only one of 10 firms appointed to Easyjet’s legal panel in July 2007. The panel also […]

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Gianni Origoni torn in two as 100 quit

Leading Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has split, losing up to a third of its lawyers and partners. It is understood that senior partner Francesco Gianni has sacked a number of high-ranking partners, including managing partner Giovanni Nardulli and banking head Alberto Giampieri, after a clashes over the firm’s strategy. The departing partners […]

How do I build a future in IP?

I’m a 2 year PQE IP associate at a nice firm but I feel like I am kind of going nowhere and am worried that I may be sidelined as the firm is focusing on corporate and finance. Question: I’m a 2 year PQE IP associate at a nice firm but I feel like I […]

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