New legislation on genetically modified produce | Burges Salmon

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The Debate over Genetically Modified organisms (GMOs) has been active for several years now. In 2005 the media regularly depicted protesters against GM trials. The debate may have largely subsided since then but it has risen again recently with news that scientists at Bristol and Liverpool universities have cracked the complete genetic code of wheat. …

Commercial litigation in Scotland: fast and flexible | Brodies

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Most commercial organisations try to avoid court actions if at all possible. The fear of becoming embroiled in a long-running and potentially intractable dispute understandably puts many businesses off enforcement of their contractual rights through standard legal channels. Alternative means of dispute resolution have sprung up to fill the gap. Mediation, arbitration and adjudication have …

IPOs of Dutch public companies: practical notes | Boekel

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Dutch Public companies, NVs (Naamloze Vennootschappen), are commonly selected as entities for initial public offerings (IPOs), mostly through conversions of existing Dutch private limited companies (BVs or Besloten Vennootschappen) that are part of the group for the purpose of tax structuring. The purpose of this article is to give in-house counsel a headstart on the …

Protecting corporate reputations during deal times | Schillings

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Generally speaking, 2010 has not been a good year for the M&A market. According to recent data published by Dealogic, global M&A volumes have dropped to their lowest levels in six years, reaching only £785bn in the first six months of the year, a mere 3% increase on the same period last year.1