REACH and CLP: chemicals regulation issues for 2010 | Burges Salmon

Legal Briefing

The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances) Chemicals Regulation 1907/2006 (REACH) entered into force across the EU on 1 June 2007. UK enforcement of REACH is led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The main purpose of REACH is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the …

Development of PPP legislation in CEE and SEE countries | Wolf Theiss

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The current financial crisis has undoubtedly dampened the initial enthusiasm over public-private partnerships (PPP). However, ongoing developments in relevant legislative frameworks, particularly those in central and eastern European (CEE) and south-east European (SEE) countries, suggest that a belief in PPP projects as an alternative to traditional public contracts still exists. PPP PROJECTS AND THE IMPACTOF …

Walker Review | The In-House Lawyer

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Sir David Walker published his final review of corporate governance in banks and other financial institutions on 26 November 2009 (the Review). This followed a period of consultation based on initial draft recommendations that were announced in July 2009. While the Review’s final recommendations do not depart hugely from the July draft proposals, the consultation …

Middle East Construction in 2009: an annus horribilis | Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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Based in Dubai, Habib Al Mulla & Company has witnessed first hand the worst effects of the 2009 financial crisis. The Dubai construction market has suffered more than most and the number of construction cases through the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) has tripled over the course of 2009. The launch of the DIFC LCIA …

Warranties and indemnities: what’s the difference? | The In-House Lawyer

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The recession has seen a dramatic increase in litigation. While potential claimants frequently shy away from such action in a more buoyant economy, reasoning that the time and money involved could be better spent on other opportunities, every penny is now fought for tooth and nail. The changed economic climate increases the pressure on lawyers …

Sale and leaseback: is it a giveaway? | CMS Cameron McKenna

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Sales and leasebacks of real estate remain an often used mechanism to raise capital, improve operational cash flow, and, all being well, returns on investment. They range from a simply structured transaction involving a straight sale and leaseback, often through auctions, to the most complex structures involving large multimillion-pound portfolios with complex arrangements for the …

ASEAN regional co-operation in design and patent rights | Rouse

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Most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have enacted intellectual property (IP) laws either inherited from their colonial past or adopted later as part of a drive to modernise legislation. A shared desire to harmonise national laws in the region culminated in the adoption of the ‘ASEAN Framework Agreement on Intellectual Property …

Supervision and enforcement in the Netherlands | Boekel

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The Netherlands has many different supervisory authorities, including the General Inspection Service, the Health and Safety Inspectorate, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets, the Netherlands Consumer Authority, De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch central bank), the Health Care Inspectorate, the Netherlands Competition Authority, and the Inspection Department of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and …