Legal Briefing | International Comparative Guides |

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Following the record levels of activity seen in 2015, global M&A in 2016 was always going to have a hard act to follow. So far in 2016, while global markets have remained reasonably active, they have been more subdued across all the major geographic regions and market sectors than was the case in the previous … Continue reading “Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) – Comparative Guide Introduction”

Legal Briefing | Finance |

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The revised Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) came into force on 3 July 2016. Like several similarly important European initiatives, it suffered delays in its finalisation. Unlike certain other important initiatives (such as MiFID II), it did not benefit from a delay. Therefore, large parts of the industry spent the early stages of 2016 hurrying to … Continue reading “Market abuse regulation – what are the key issues post-implementation?”

Legal Briefing | Finance |

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At the risk of woeful understatement, the City responded to the referendum result with some surprise and disappointment. The Leave vote may not be legally binding, but the government has committed itself to implement Brexit and it is a question of understanding the consequences.

Legal Briefing | Finance |

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Drawing on specialist judges from both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, the Financial List was introduced on 1 October 2015 and is designed to deal with disputes related to the financial markets, as well as complex, high-value claims concerning financial products.

Legal Briefing | Immigration |

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Following the result of 23 June 2016 Brexit referendum, many British citizens are concerned with what potential travel restrictions and immigration regulations may be implemented when travelling to EU countries after the UK leaves the EU. A number of potential scenarios have been identified.

Legal Briefing | Dispute Resolution |

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Of all the clauses in a contract, dispute resolution provisions require perhaps the greatest degree of crystal ball gazing. Contract drafters need to ensure that the clause will be effective in putting any dispute in the hands of a competent and effective court or tribunal at the earliest opportunity. But now we have Brexit. We … Continue reading “Dispute resolution provisions: the impact of Brexit”

Legal Briefing | Dispute Resolution |

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Arbitration is a ‘one-stop’ dispute settlement system. Arbitral awards are final in the sense that they are not subject to appeals or other usual remedies. This finality brings with it the advantage of efficiency, but carries the risk that if arbitrators make mistakes, the parties will have to live with them. In principle, there is … Continue reading “The continued importance of the seat: a look from the perspective of annulment proceedings”

Legal Briefing | Immigration |

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In July 2012, the UK government made significant changes to the adult dependant relative immigration route which previously fell for consideration under Immigration Rule 317. The new rules contained in Appendix FM significantly changed the criteria for this visa category to the extent that, now, comparatively few applicants are successful and the category is all … Continue reading “Adult dependant relatives and the ‘impossible’ threshold”