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Supreme Court rights a 'wrong turn' - bribes, secret commissions, principals and agents

In FHR European Ventures and others v Cedar Capital Partners, the Supreme Court has ruled that a bribe or secret commission received by an agent is held by the agent on trust for his principal, a decision which ends a line of 200 years of inconsistent judicial decisions and academic controversy.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 23 July 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Proposed changes to the Takeover Code - a look at the details

This weekly update from Macfarlanes rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers and assesses their impact. This briefing looks at the proposals in the Takeover Panel's first consultation paper this year, which addresses some of the issues around Pfizer’s hostile bid for AstraZeneca.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 22 July 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

LLP members - enhanced protection following Supreme Court 'worker' status decision

Limited liability partnership (LLP) clients will be aware of the Supreme Court’s decision in the well-publicised case of Clyde & Co v Bates van Winkelhof, which focused on the whistleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act. Macfarlanes looks at the implications of the judgment for LLPs.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 21 July 2014 | Practice Area: Partnerships and LLPs

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Dealing commission under discussion - investment management update

This Macfarlanes briefing rounds up recent developments of interest for those in the investment management sector, and this week focuses on three recent publications by the Financial Conduct Authority, including a discussion paper on the use of dealing commission.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 18 July 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Compliance

Mitchell - 'misunderstood' and 'misapplied'

In its latest ruling on the Jackson reforms, the Court of Appeal has said that its earlier decision in the Mitchell case has been "misunderstood" and "misapplied" and that this has led to some judges "adopting an unreasonable approach" to the rules on relief from sanctions, as Macfarlanes reports.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 16 July 2014 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure

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Forced sale of shares does not qualify as 'offer to the public' requiring publication of prospectus

This weekly update from Macfarlanes rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers and assesses their impact. This week's briefing focuses on a European case involving the application of the Prospectus Directive to an enforced sale of shares.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 10 July 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

Funds, financing and the FCA - investment management news

This Macfarlanes briefing rounds up recent developments of interest for those in investment management, including changes to the FCA handbook which will affect alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs), and the EU's adoption of regulatory technical standards on the classification of AIFMs.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 09 July 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Compliance

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Public register of individuals with significant control over companies - details now available

This weekly update from Macfarlanes rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers and assesses their impact. This week's briefing focuses on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which has now been published and which covers a number of notable company law changes.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 30 June 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Market abuse - UK rules will continue to be super-equivalent

This weekly update from Macfarlanes rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers and assesses their impact. This week's briefing focuses on the UK's decision not to opt in to the new EU directive and regulation on market abuse, which is set to be implemented within the next two years.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 25 June 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

Repudiatory breach of contract and damages claims - in the jaws of a dilemma

If your contractual counterparty commits a repudiatory breach, you can choose between affirming or terminating the contract. In either case you may bring a claim for damages. Difficulties arise, however, where it is unclear whether a court would consider a particular breach to be repudiatory.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 24 June 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation

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