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Russian sanctions against Ukraine: Ban on the import of certain commodities

A ban on the import into Russia of certain commodities, the country of origin of which is Ukraine or which move through the territory of Ukraine was introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83. The list of the commodities prohibited for import is provided in […]

Draft patent (amendment) rules, 2018 published for objections and suggestions

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

Amendment to S. 197 of companies act, 2013 notified: Government approval no longer required for enhancement of managerial remuneration

In a long awaited move, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (CA Amendment Act), relating to managerial remuneration, which are now in force with effect from 12 September 2018. By way of a notification, the amendments to Section 197 and Schedule V of the Companies […]

Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

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Linklaters and White & Case have landed the lead mandates as Bupa makes its first foray into the Polish healthcare market by acquiring the country’s largest healthcare provider LuxMed Group from Mid Europa Partners for €400m (£326m). White & Case acted for for Bupa, with a team led by corporate partners Rob Irving in Budapest, […]

Australia’s Gadens expands into Singapore with Clifford Chance hire

Australian national firm Gadens Lawyers has hired a Clifford Chance Singapore-based counsel to lead the launch of its Singapore office. Marc Rathbone has joined Gadens as a partner in the firm’s Asia Pacific energy and infrastructure practice and will serve as managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office, which was opened at the beginning of […]

A&O, Bakers and Freshfields advise as €5.2bn UPS-TNT deal falls through

Allen & Overy (A&O), Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised as the proposed €5.2bn (£4.2bn) takeover by UPS of Dutch delivery group TNT Express collapses after failing to get past the European Commission (EC). The official decision by EU competition chief Joaquín Almunia has not yet been officially filed but the buyout […]

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Varul relaunches in Latvia via merger with BDO Zelmenis & Liberte

Baltic firm Varul has relaunched an office in Latvia following a merger with local Riga outfit BDO Zelmenis & Liberte. The move follows the closure of Varul’s office in Riga in October following the departure of founding partner Gints Vilgerts and his entire four-partner, eight-lawyer team to kickstart the Latvian office of Swedish firm Magnusson […]

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