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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

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Kirkland among US firms acting on $90bn pharma merger

Kirkland & Ellis, Sullivan & Cromwell and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer are the firms involved in the latest deal between US pharmaceutical giants, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene and Amgen, valued at $13.4bn. The deal is related to the $90bn merger between the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene, announced in January, and the sale of Celgene’s skin […]

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Kirkland and Wachtell join Irish duo on pharma mega-deal

Kirkland & Ellis and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz were the two lead US advisers on the $63bn transatlantic deal between pharmaceutical giants AbbVie and Allergan. AbbVie, an American biopharmaceutical company, has acquired Allergan, a Dublin-based botox-maker, in a cash and stock deal. The combined company is expected to increase leadership across healthcare fields such […]

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Kirkland and Linklaters act on €17bn sale of Thyssenkrupp’s elevator business

Kirkland & Ellis and Linklaters have landed the lead roles on what is regarded as the largest buyout transaction done in Europe since the financial crisis. The US firm led for the consortium of private equity houses Advent International, Cinven and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which paid €17.2bn for Thyssenkrupp’s elevator business. This consortium […]

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