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This weekly update rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers and assesses their impact. This briefing focuses on two Court of Appeal cases, which centred around notice provisions and the test for determining the location of a company’s central administration respectively.
Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 19 August 2014 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure
This March, the US imposed economic sanctions in response to Russian-led actions in Ukraine. Since then, in response to the deteriorating situation, sanctions have continued to escalate. For companies with business ties to Russia, this DLA briefing provides a recap of the current US sanctions.
Law Firm: DLA Piper | Published: 18 August 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Compliance
As the Ukraine crisis continues to simmer in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash, the US has extended sanctions to three Russian banks, a shipbuilding company and exports of energy sector items to Russia, while the EU has also announced similar measures. Latham looks at the latest developments.
Law Firm: Latham & Watkins | Published: 31 July 2014 | Practice Area: Mining
On 16 July, the US announced “sectoral sanctions” against two Russian banks and two Russian energy firms, including Rosneft. While the EU has not yet implemented additional sanctions, leaders have agreed to consider targeting Russia with such measures by the end of July, as Latham reports.
Law Firm: Latham & Watkins | Published: 18 July 2014 | Practice Area: Capital Markets and Debt Securities
The EU electricity sector has been facing a perfect storm. Factors from within the sector, combined with wider market forces, have created the first real threat to the viability of the conventional generation sector in 30 years, with gas-fired plants particularly badly hit, as Linklaters reports.
Law Firm: Linklaters | Published: 04 July 2014 | Practice Area: Competition Regulators and enforcement
2014 is proving to be a year of high drama for the UK oil industry, with all eyes on the Scottish independence referendum as well as the the Wood Review, which has proposed a root and branch revolution of UK Continental Shelf licensing. In this newsletter, Bond Dickinson looks at all the key issues.
Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 02 July 2014 | Practice Area: Central Government
Global M&A continues to recover in the aftermath of the crisis, and cross-border M&A is currently close to a post-crisis high. This Bakers report, which is based on interviews with 350 companies, identifies five key motivating factors for cross-border M&A and explores the inherent challenges.
Law Firm: Baker & McKenzie | Published: 25 June 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement
In its decision in Ian Charles Hannam v The Financial Conduct Authority, the Upper Tribunal provided highly anticipated and much needed clarification on the definition and treatment of inside information. Travers takes a detailed look at the case and suggests practical steps for firms to consider.
Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 18 June 2014 | Practice Area: Confidentiality
Exploration interest in Kenya has surged since the country announced its first oil strike discovery by British explorer Tullow Oil two years ago, followed by a number of subsequent finds in the same region. This briefing analyses the legal regime governing the oil and gas sector in Kenya.
Law Firm: DLA Piper | Published: 13 June 2014 | Practice Area: VAT and Sales Tax
In 2012, the FSA imposed a fine of £450,000 on former JP Morgan banker Ian Hannam in relation to two instances of market abuse. Hannam appealed the decision, but was ultimately unsuccessful, in a case which provides useful clarification of the complex market abuse regime, as Macfarlanes reports.
Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 12 June 2014 | Practice Area: Confidentiality
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