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The requirements to be met for a successful claim to litigation privilege

Two recent cases demonstrate the dangers of assuming that, because litigation is 'in the air', a party will be able to rely on litigation privilege. In this briefing, Macfarlanes looks at these cases in the context of the requirements to be met for a successful claim to litigation privilege.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 17 April 2014 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure

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New early conciliation and LLP tax rules now in force - key news for M&A lawyers

Macfarlanes rounds up recent developments of interest for M&A lawyers and assesses their impact, with links to further reading where appropriate. Subjects covered include the new LLP tax rules, and the new rules requiring parties to consider settling employment disputes before a claim is issued.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 16 April 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Fujitsu v IBM - when is there a duty of good faith between contracting parties?

Macfarlanes rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers, including a recent case involving Fujitsu and IBM which centred around the issue of 'good faith', and the ESMA's updated guide to which languages are acceptable to EU regulators when filing a prospectus or translating a summary.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 11 April 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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No room for complacency - FCA priorities for buy-side and sell-side institutions

The recently published FCA Business Plan and Risk Outlook for 2014 contain some instructive pointers for institutions on both the buy-side and the sell-side; in particular, highlighting some specific areas of forthcoming thematic focus. In this briefing, Macfarlanes sets out potential action points.

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

Boop oops - unauthorised Betty Boop merchandising found not to be mere embellishment

The High Court recently handed down its judgment in a case involving the use of an image of Betty Boop and the word 'Boop' on merchandise, a ruling which fires a warning shot to licensors and distributors who believe that their use of images and words on merchandising is mere embellishment.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 09 April 2014 | Practice Area: Trademarks

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Nuisance and distress - real estate legal update

In this real estate briefing, Macfarlanes looks at what the new Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery procedure will mean for landlords troubled by defaulting tenants, as well as a recent Supreme Court case which provides useful guidance on the current state of the law on private nuisance.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 08 April 2014 | Practice Area: Landlord and Tenant

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Financial services regulation - this week's headlines

Macfarlanes rounds up recent developments of interest for those working in the financial services regulatory sector, including the FCA’s newly published business plan, and an opinion from the ESMA on good practices for product governance arrangements in structured retail products.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 07 April 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Compliance

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Out with the old - the EC's proposal for a new European Pensions Directive

On 27 March, the European Commission issued a proposal for a recast of the EU Pensions Directive (also known as the IORP Directive). If passed into law, it will be implemented by 31 December 2016. In this briefing, Macfarlanes takes a look at the proposals in detail and sets out their implications.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 03 April 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

Competition, consumer credit and ensuring clarity when drafting conditions to completion

This Macfarlanes update rounds up recent developments of relevance to M&A lawyers, including a High Court case which acts as useful reminder of the care required when drafting conditions to completion, as well as an assessment of the impact of the new consumer credit and competition regimes.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 02 April 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

Shadow banking into the light: plans for securities financing and rehypothecation regulation

In the wake of the financial crisis, activities dubbed 'shadow banking' have faced much scrutiny, including a perceived lack of transparency in securities financing transactions and rehypothecation. In this briefing, Macfarlanes looks at the European Commission’s proposals for regulation.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 01 April 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Compliance

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