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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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White & Case opens Palo Alto office

Black joins White & Case from Jackson Tufts Cole & Black as partner. Roy Bartlett also joins as partner from the same firm along with Ellen McGinty King who joins as counsel. Steven Betensky brings the partner count in the new office to three. He joins from White & Case’s New York base. The US […]

Close Brothers Private Equity

Could the North West lawyer-client relationship be more complicated? Looking at this deal, it would seem so. Addleshaw Booth & Co scooped a role as adviser to HSBC on its £10.7m injection into the management buyout (MBO) of Laybond Holdings. Other HSBC favourites include DLA, which acted for the bank’s private equity arm on the […]

Associated British Foods

Associated British Foods (ABF) sells Burton’s Biscuits to Hicks Muse Tate & Furst’s funded newco Eubisco for £130m. ABF advised by Herbert Smith (Stephen Hancock), Hicks Muse Tate & Furst advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges (Andrew Harting). Debt finance provided by Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Deutsche Bank, advised by Clifford Chance (James Johnson).

Royal KPN

Royal KPN in euro5.5bn (£3.3bn) share and convertible subordinated notes offering. KPN advised by Allen & Overy (Steven Schuit, Annelies van der Pauw and ALexander Cohen). Joint global co-ordinators ABN Amro Rothschild, Goldman Sachs International and Schroder Salomon Smith Barney represented on US and German law by Shearman & Sterling and on Dutch, Italian and […]

A&O bags Trenité ex-London managing partner

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) Amsterdam office has lured a partner from Trenité Van Doorne just weeks after the Dutch firm announced the demerger of its Amsterdam and Rotterdam offices to boost merger appeal (The Lawyer, 23 October). Pieter Riemer will join A&O’s corporate group as a partner on 1 January 2001, bringing the partner count […]

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