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Crisis and Insolvency

Guest writer - April 16, 2019

A glimpse on the changes to the Italian companies’ law following the recent approval of the new code of crisis and insolvency (formerly bankruptcy law) On 12th January 2019 the new “code of crisis and insolvency” has been published on Italian Official Gazette (legislative decree 14/2019), which has completely reformed the Italian bankruptcy law and […]

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“Big fail” for “Big Mac”: McDonald’s lost its rights to the EU trade mark “Big Mac“

Intellectual property - April 16, 2019

Launched in Pittsburgh in 1967, Big Mac has established itself worldwide as one of the most popular and iconic Mac Donald’s products. However, on January 11, 2019, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) made an order for revocation of the European trademark “Big Mac” for non-use. This trademark was registered in classes 29 (prepared foods in particular), […]

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Data Protection in France and Germany – a 9 months review

Miscellaneous - April 16, 2019

The insecurity was great on 25 May 2018, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across Europe. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular were afraid of the huge bureaucracy and costs involved. In fact, despite a two-year transition period and the big announcement, many latecomers did not adapt their regulations in […]

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European public procurement after Brexit : what are the prospects for United Kingdom ?

Miscellaneous - April 16, 2019

Since the British Government notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union and the withdrawal procedure provided for in article 50 TFEU has been initiated, there is a risk that the United Kingdom will be excluded from European public procurement in the absence of an agreement. The future of the UK with […]

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Relationship Tensions: protecting attorney/client privilege while respecting tax avoidance legislation

Corporate – Joint-Ventures - March 4, 2019

A number of legislative measures restraining the attorney-client privilege have been implemented in France during the past 20 years. The most controversial of these restraints affect tax attorneys, who are often authors of the out-lines of tax regularisation. As a fundamental ethi-cal principle of the profession, the attorney-client privilege is actively protected by French attorney […]

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Foreign investment into the UK is on the rise, Despite Brexit uncertainties

Guest writer - October 11, 2018

According to the Bank of England, the uncertainty around the UK’s planned departure from the European Union has led to a slowdown in the amount of foreign investment in UK companies. However, despite this, recent figures released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that foreign investment into the UK’s high- growth […]

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GDPR : Same, same but different…

Miscellaneous - October 10, 2018

On 25 May this year, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. This moment has been the focus of a large amount of attention, especially in terms of its scope and comprehensive obligations, which overstrain small businesses in particular. However, after thousands of data protection declarations from different companies have been put online, […]

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Image of a public property: when the case law of the French Council of State gives rise to a clash of cultures

Miscellaneous - October 10, 2018

The Conseil d’Etat, the Supreme Court for administrative matters in France, rendered a surprising ruling (CE, 13 April 2018, Société les Brasseries Kronenbourg).  It is remarkably interesting in the aspect that it distinguishes the use of the image of a public property from the property itself. The facts are as follows: the Kronenbourg brewery company […]

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IR Global Annual Conference

Events - October 10, 2018

rothpartners will participate in the “IR Global Annual Conference” which will be held from October 13 to October 16, 2018 in London. The goal of IR Global events is to promote international collaboration and networking. The theme of this year’s event is “Communication Matters” because effective business communication is the lifeblood of any organization . […]

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Matal v. Tam (About the trademark registration “The slants”) – A Win for the Freedom of Speech

Intellectual property - July 20, 2018

In June 2017, the United States Supreme Court delivered the much-anticipated decision Matal v. Tam (137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017)), a trademark case that addressed the issue whether a presumably disparaging trademark can be federally registered. The Court reached a verdict (and received large media attention) stating that a disparaging trademark actually can be registered, […]

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