22 October 2019
2019 Global Bank Review
The 2019 edition of our Global Bank Review: The Data Game , explores the rapid growth of data as one of the most significant developments in the banking sector. That being the case, we are still only at the beginning of the data journey and its impact in the next decade or two will be even more...
22 October 2019
Patent and Pharma Update, October 2019
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector In this issue we provide updates from the CJEU on SPCs: in one case the CJEU has declined to consider a referral from the UK while in another the Advocate General has issued his opinion on the...
10 October 2019
Are you prepared? The board’s role in crisis management
With the ever-increasing growth in the number and potential magnitude of cyber, technological and operational risks to financial services entities, boards need to be prepared to respond to these types of crisis and ensure that the entity’s critical information assets are appropriately secured.
17 July 2019
Inside arbitration: Arb-Italia: Italy's continuing commitment to arbitration
In litigation-saturated Italy, arbitration has often been cited as an attractive alternative form of dispute resolution. However, its uptake has been somewhat slower than anticipated. Legislators and arbitral practitioners have taken various steps in the past years to promote an arbitration-...
25 June 2019
The view from Brussels - Can the Backstop be Renegotiated?
Both candidates to be leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore to be UK Prime Minister, have vowed to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement and in particular the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. Meanwhile in Brussels, the EU-27 (meeting in Euro summit format) has just reiterated, again,...
25 June 2019
AVMS Directive: To implement or not to implement? That is the question
There is no doubt that the likelihood of a “no-deal” Brexit continues to grow. Against this backdrop, the UK Government has issued a Consultation Document setting out its proposed approach to implementing legislative amendments to the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (“ AVMSD ”) into...
05 April 2019
Patent and Pharma Update, April 2019
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector This issue reports on the recent UK Supreme Court decision in the tadalafil case, which foreshadows how English courts will probably respond to issues of obviousness arising from patents...
14 February 2019
Supplier terms and pricing issues
Pricing restrictions imposed by suppliers on resellers have increasingly come under the spotlight of the competition authorities in a number of jurisdictions. This series of guides looks at the approach and recent developments in a range of key jurisdictions.
28 January 2019
M&A in 2019 – succeeding in a climate of disruption
Our latest global M&A report looks at the themes that we expect to see in M&A transactions in 2019. In 2018, global M&A volumes reached their highest point since the financial crisis. Despite a noted slowdown in pace during Q4, deal activity recorded near peak levels in many markets – a...
21 December 2018
Corporate Crime Update, December 2018
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. This month, we would like to wish all of our regular readers a very happy, and hopefully corporate crime free, festive...
11 December 2018
Patent and Pharma Update, December 2018
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector This issue reports on several ground-breaking decisions from the UK courts on second medical use patents and skinny labels, infringement by equivalents and the possibility of global FRAND...
19 November 2019
The ALRC’s discussion paper on Corporate Criminal Responsibility: What you need to know
The Australian Law Reform Commission ( ALRC ) has published a very significant paper on the future of prosecuting corporations and their officers in the post-Financial Services Royal Commission environment. The ALRC’s Discussion Paper has a broad scope, the key themes of which are the rationale...
15 November 2019
The Lloyds/HBOS litigation: The first shareholder class action judgment in England & Wales
The first judgment in a shareholder class action in England & Wales has been handed down by the High Court today in Sharp v Blank  EWHC 3078 (Ch) (also known as The Lloyds/HBOS litigation ).
14 November 2019
Employees’ consent to data processing soon to be made electronic under German data protection law
When it comes to employment-related data processing, employers in Germany are regularly required to obtain consent from their employees by seeking their wet ink signature to be on the safe side. This additional administrative burden may soon be a thing of the past according to the recently approved...
13 November 2019
One year of Model Declaratory Action in Germany – taking stock and outlook
Fuelled by revelations consequent of the Volkswagen diesel emissions technology cases, the German legislator hastily introduced a new law on Model Declaratory Action ( Musterfeststellungsklage ). This denotes an important step by the German legislator into the direction of collective redress in B2C...
12 November 2019
Beneficial Ownership – Implementation, Supervision and Sanctions
If you only hold minority shares in a company, can you be considered a beneficial owner of that company from an Indonesian regulatory perspective? If the answer is “yes,” should your name be reported to the Indonesian authorities? Up to what level of ownership is a company required to disclose the...
12 November 2019
Casting the regulatory net over virtual assets – SFC finalises new regulatory framework for virtual asset trading platforms
On 6 November 2019, the Security and Futures Commission ( SFC ) issued a position paper setting out a new regulatory framework for the licensing of centralised virtual asset trading platforms, following the SFC’s conceptual framework issued last year.
08 November 2019
Seeking closure: how to minimise deal disruption
Mergers and acquisitions are increasingly taking longer to close. This is due in large part to the rapid rise in the number of antitrust regimes around the world and the increased willingness of antitrust regulators to intervene in transactions. Protracted deal timetables also mean that a...