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Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ Brexit

By David Kilduff, Richard Auton or Richard Butterworth On 13 September 2018, the UK government published further guidance on the future of public procurement in the UK in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. What next for UK public procurement? Under current rules, all procurement opportunities that fall within the scope of the EU procurement […]

Third party redevelopment – Landlord may oppose tenant’s lease renewal

By Matthew Lonergan, Lucy Shepherd A recent case has confirmed that a landlord was entitled to oppose its tenant’s lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 where redevelopment of the site was to be undertaken by a third party. Background The case of Santander UK PLC v LPS Estates Ltd concerned the security of […]

Sunset of £500K, dawn of GDPR enforcement and horizon of Brexit

By JP Buckley In just a short space of time, the ever-evolving world of data protection and cyber has seen yet more change: 1. Potentially one of the last enforcement actions under the Data Protection Act 1998 against Equifax – and a maximum £500,000 fine for them for failing to secure UK citizens’ personal data against […]

Officer of judgment debtor can be committed for failure to provide information under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

Deutsche Bank AG v Mr Alexander Vik [2018] EWCA Civ 2011 This judgment is the latest instalment in the long-running litigation between Deutsche Bank (“DB”) and the Monaco-based billionaire, Alexander Vik. In 2008, Mr Vik’s personal investment vehicle, Sebastian Holdings, Inc. (“SHI”), incurred huge debts to DB after it made a series of heavily loss […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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White & Case leads Thai securitisation

White & Case has advised the lead managers to the Royal Thai Government on its largest securitisation to date. The government issued Bt10.3bn (£143.4m) of notes in four tranches with separate maturities. The bonds are secured by 30-year leases on the government’s new offices at Chaengwatthana and are the first to be sold under a […]

Gide goes international on partner promotions

Gide Loyrette Nouel has unveiled eight new partners in its most international round of promotions yet. The French independent is making up four partners in its Paris headquarters. David Boitout and Han Qimeng, the local partners in charge in Shanghai, both become members of Gide’s international partnership. Moscow local managing partner David Lasfargue is also […]

Regional: South East

Lorraine Cushnie on the month in the South East:

ASB Law, DMH Stallard, Thomas Eggar and Blake Lapthorn report positive first-half figures
South East firms dominate The Rising 50

EMW Law scoops partner trio from Fennemores

Linnells legacy partner wins Blake Lapthorn senior partner elections

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Rentokil picks Freshfields for selloff

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bagged an instruction to advise Rentokil Initial on the sale of Style Conferences to the Alternative Hotel Group (AHG) for £325m. AHG, which is being advised by DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, is the bid vehicle launched by Richard Balfour-Lynn and other directors of Marylebone Warwick Balfour. The Bank of Scotland, […]

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