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Private Equity: the latest on Europe’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive

Despite the European Council's invitation to the Spanish Presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament in March, progress has faltered for a number of reasons and the impact of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive on the private equity industry remains uncertain.

Law Firm: SJ Berwin | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: Central Government

Ireland: Bad Bank Bailout

The Irish Government will shortly pay e50bn (£44bn) to its banks for loan books that were previously valued at e77bn (£67bn). Largely classed as land and development loans, around e19bn (£17bn) is secured against UK property. This report – exclusively for Legal Week – asks how did it come to this...view abstract

Law Firm: McCann FitzGerald | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: Commercial Property

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Court of Appeal and European patents regulator lock horns over industrial applicability

The UK Court of Appeal has recently reached a different conclusion to a decision of the Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office in the case of Eli Lilly and Company v Human Genome Sciences Inc, even though both courts cooperated together during proceedings.

Law Firm: Field Fisher Waterhouse | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: Health Care

IP update: Rambus – the patent ambush

The European Commission's "patent ambush" investigation against Rambus should serve as a warning to entities engaged in setting industry standards that they should do so in an open and transparent manner. This briefing investigates the issue further.

Law Firm: Field Fisher Waterhouse | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: EU Competition Law

New Tools to Encourage Shareholder Participation in Italian Listed Companies

This bulletin by Shearman & Sterling provides an overview recent developments of note in the European corporate sector, including a new regime of proxy voting and increased dividends for long-term investors.

Law Firm: Shearman & Sterling | Published: 28 April 2010 | Practice Area: Corporate Governance

Liability of issuers over published information – an extension of the regime

Issuers of securities admitted to trading on regulated markets are liable for fraudulent misstatements in periodic disclosures to market. They are also liable for any dishonest concealment of a material fact in publications. Recent changes to financial services legislation have extended the regime.

Law Firm: Gowling WLG | Published: 28 April 2010 | Practice Area: Regulation and Compliance

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Public procurement and utilities – the new regulations

The Utilities Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 came into force on 20 December 2009. These new regulations amend the existing Utilities Contract Regulations to give effect to the new European Directive on Remedies. This briefing sets out the key provisions and outlines potential issues.

Law Firm: Stephenson Harwood | Published: 28 April 2010 | Practice Area: Construction

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Construction and Engineering update - Spring 2010

This briefing by Nabarro examines the latest legal developments and talking points in the construction, engineering and projects sectors. It includes sections on timing in procurement challenges, design obligations the problem of ‘fitness for purpose’ liability and project bank accounts.

Law Firm: Nabarro | Published: 28 April 2010 | Practice Area: Warranties

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Compliance and the in-house lawyer: why the pressure is on

The traditional role of the in-house lawyer is changing. Unprecedented levels of new, complex legislation and an increasing gap between innovation and developments in the law are creating sources of additional legal risk.

Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright | Published: 27 April 2010 | Practice Area: Central Government

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Volcano Eyjafjoell - Is your company covered?

As the dust begins to settle on the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland, businesses around the world will begin assessing the economic impact of the disruption and the options available to mitigate and recover losses. As part of that, businesses should be reviewing their insurance portfolios.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 27 April 2010 | Practice Area: Air

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