UCITS funds get a facelift in the Czech Republic | Wolf Theiss

Legal Briefing

Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS), are open-ended, regulated investment funds. Since their inception in 1985, UCITS have been regulated by Directive 85/611/EEC, known as UCITS I. UCITS I has been substantially amended several times, most importantly by Directive 2001/107/EC and Directive 2001/108/EC, these amendments generally being known as UCITS III.


Interpreting commercial contracts: a plane task? | Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP

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Where two large businesses contract, there is an assumption that they appreciate the consequences of the contractual wording adopted. In such circumstances courts tend to give effect to the literal meaning of those terms in a contract. In Gesner Investments Ltd v Bombardier Inc [2011] the Court of Appeal was asked to interpret the terms …

Cutting the deficit: the legal hurdles | Kingsley Napley LLP

Legal Briefing

The UK Coalition’s programme for government set out that deficit reduction, and continuing to ensure economic recovery were the most urgent issues facing Britain. 
It then started on a programme to cut public spending. One of the results has 
been a plethora of legal challenges, directed both against central government and against local government. Typically, …

E-discovery obligations in US product liability litigation | Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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In-house lawyers handling complex product liability litigation in the US are likely to have to deal with extensive discovery exercises. The plethora of electronic devices used by businesses these days means that costs of electronic discovery (e-discovery) can be significant and substantial resources are required to manage the process.


How to deal with online conspirators: a sticky problem
 | Schillings

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Ever wondered why that obviously fake, self-righteous review of your company’s service, sits stubbornly underneath your carefully manicured LinkedIn page? Or why that obscure blog attacking your CEO sits firmly on page one of your company’s Google search? Welcome to the murky world of online reputation warfare. Since the dawn of the online search engine, …

The law of conspiracy: dirty tricks, corporate rivals and brand attacks | Schillings

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While we’re all accustomed to accusations of ‘smear campaigns’ and underhand tactics being bandied about in the political arena, we are seeing more examples of both companies and private individuals becoming the victims of such campaigns. They are often well-organised, well-funded, multi-jurisdictional in reach and with the express aim of causing maximum damage to the …

Factors to be taken into account when considering an application for an expedited trial | Macfarlanes

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In comparison with some other countries, the English court system operates relatively quickly. However, litigation in this jurisdiction still takes time. As a very rough guideline, and depending on the division where proceedings are issued, a commercial dispute of any complexity is likely to take 12-18 months to reach trial (from the date when proceedings …

Domain name complaints | Rouse

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Ever since the 1980s, when the Domain name system was introduced, opportunistic entrepreneurs have conducted a profitable trade in domain names – a domain name being the alpha-numeric string that follows the ‘@’ in an email address and the ‘www’ in a web address. This article provides an update on domain name complaints and valuable …

Consumer Rights Directive: the online shopper strikes back? | Kemp Little

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Following protracted considerations by various parts of the EU legislature, the EU Council of Ministers adopted a new Consumer Rights Directive on 10 October 2011. As can be seen below, the terms 
of this new Consumer Rights Directive 
will have a direct effect on the online operations of traders based in the UK 
and across …

FDI in MSM enterprises: sound documentation equals sound protection | Amarchand Mangaldas

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The Indian economy, though not as well developed as many of its western counterparts, has always been typified by its entrepreneurial nature. For a foreign investor familiar with the Indian commercial landscape, the Indian promoter is a very recognisable figure. While some of the world’s richest promoters are Indian, India also has a very robust …