04 February 2019
The View from Brussels - Using EU law to improve the Brexit deal along the lines requested by the UK Parliament
The UK Parliament has rejected the negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and a Political Declaration on future relations and has mandated the Government to seek an alternative to the most contested element – the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, commonly...
09 July 2018
Comments on UK proposal for the future relationship with the EU
Last Friday, 6 July, it was understood that the UK Cabinet had finally united around a UK position on the desired future relationship with the EU. However, it now remains to be seen if the proposal survives the protests of “betrayal” heard from some quarters and the resignations of the Secretary of...
14 June 2018
Brexit 'The view from Brussels' – developments in June
The Brexit debate often looks different when viewed from Brussels rather than from London. That Brussels perspective however is important for businesses to keep in mind and therefore we publish a monthly view from our Brussels office on recent developments and the state of the negotiations. In this...
21 February 2018
Blockchain and Smart Contracts: novel opportunities for improving efficiency in contract execution and dispute resolution
Blockchain is seen by many as the most significant technological breakthrough since the advent of the internet. Digital currencies based on blockchain technology have monopolised many of the headlines, notably with the huge price volatility of Bitcoin in recent months. However, blockchain has far...
12 December 2017
Political intervention in M&A - Is the tide turning?
Political intervention in cross-border acquisitions is on the increase globally, against a back-drop of protectionist rhetoric in some countries: the blocking by President Trump of the bid by China-backed Canyon Bridge for Lattice Semiconductor being the latest high-profile example. Jurisdictions...
01 August 2017
Spotlight on Dr Patricia Nacimiento
Dr Patricia Nacimiento has a leading reputation in the world of both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Here she reflects on her career to date, the increasing role of public international law in disputes and the global nature of her practice.
01 February 2017
"Rex Non Potest Peccare". Arbitration and State Immunity
The immunity of states and their assets from the reach of national courts is an area of law with considerable practical implications for both private and state-owned entities entering into international contracts. State immunity may affect whether a court or arbitral tribunal will take jurisdiction...
07 November 2016
LA LEY DE RÉGIMEN JURÍDICO DEL SECTOR PÚBLICO Y LOS TIPOS DE ACUERDOS INTERNACIONALES DE ESPAÑA
La entrada en vigor de la Ley del Régimen Jurídico del Sector Público y, en concreto, de su artículo 47.2.d), obliga a distinguir la naturaleza y efectos de los convenios que regula (administrativos, interadministrativos, intraadministrativos, y los celebrados con un sujeto de Derecho privado) de...
01 July 2016
The impact of sovereignty and boundary disputes on commercial investments
As can be seen from the merest glance at the world’s press, there remain a large number of unresolved sovereignty disputes around the world. According to the Maritime Boundaries Research Institute of the University of Dundee, as at June 2015, more than half of the 640 or so potential maritime...
01 July 2016
Inside Arbitration: Spotlight on Andrew Cannon
Andrew Cannon, partner in our Paris office, is an arbitration practitioner and public international law specialist. His time spent working at the Foreign and Commonwealth office, advising the British Government in Brussels and at the United Nations in New York, enables him to offer a unique...
21 January 2020
The new environment for climate change litigation
The Dutch Supreme Court (the Court ) has recently affirmed a decision of the District Court to issue an order directing the State of the Netherlands to reduce it's greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2020 by at least 25% of the emissions as at 1990. The order issued by the District Court now...
21 January 2020
HIGH COURT STRIKES OUT CLAIM AGAINST BANKS IN THEIR CAPACITY AS LENDERS TO INVESTORS OF A TAX DEFERRAL SCHEME
The High Court has struck out claims brought by former investors in the Ingenious Media tax deferral schemes against lending banks who advanced sums to the investors for the purpose of investing in the scheme: Mr Anthony Barness & Ors v Ingenious Media Limited & Ors  EWHC 3299 (Ch) .
16 January 2020
Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 2
In the final installment of our two-part article, we conclude our countdown of the top U.S. labor and employment developments of the 2010s. This part covers the key developments from 2015 to 2019, and it concludes with our selection of the most important development of the decade.
13 January 2020
Getting the deal through: Joint Ventures 2020
In increasingly complex and connected global markets, joint ventures offer access to business and investment opportunities that may be less available to parties acting alone. New market entry, growing customer bases, sharing of capital expenditure or other costs, originating funding or investment,...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate
Innovation that happens in an "open" collaborative context – either internally or with external partners - can provide faster, better, more holistic results to accelerate innovation and improve competitive advantage, concludes our new report: Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate , based on "...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Data issues in innovation and collaborations
Businesses in every sector are under pressure to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. ‘’Open innovation’’ is a term that has come to describe innovation which extends beyond the traditional Research and Development department of a business and embraces a broader pool of talent and ideas...
06 January 2020
Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to ESG-related scrutiny
The automotive industry is unquestionably evolving at considerable pace whether through advances in connectivity and autonomy in vehicles, developments in the way that consumers access and use vehicles or changes driven by the 'electric revolution'.
20 December 2019
Online harms and online safety: Is greater harmonisation on the horizon for Australia?
On 11 December 2019, the Government released a discussion paper on a proposed Online Safety Act (the Proposal ) for consultation. The Proposal comes only months after the adoption of the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019 (Cth) (better known as the social media...
20 December 2019
New electricity network investments – there has to be a better way
For many years, electricity generators and retail business attracted much more attention than networks. That is changing as a bow wave of new network investment is demanded by the transition of the power system from large, baseload thermal plant providing strong system stability support to widely...
20 December 2019
ASIC consults on draft regulatory guide for design and distribution obligations
ASIC has released Consultation Paper 325 Product design and distribution obligations ( CP 325 ), on its proposals for guidance on the design and distribution obligations in Pt 7.8A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ( DDO ).
19 December 2019
The View from Brussels: Brexit - next steps and options to reconcile haste with ambition
Brexit now seems inevitable on 31 January 2020 but that is only the beginning of the process of defining a new relationship between the UK and the EU. Serious negotiations on that relationship will only start thereafter, hopefully as soon as February. In this View from Brussels, we look at how this...