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Stephan Schmalzl

Demand guarantees versus sureties on first demand

Banking - Austria
Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The Supreme Court recently clarified its position on sureties payable on first demand and confirmed its view on the interpretation of contractual undertakings by which one party assumes a personal liability for a third-party debt.

Andrew Mandlsohn

Consultation on use of foreign-sourced reference product as Canadian reference product

Healthcare & Life Sciences - Canada
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Health Canada recently published a notice soliciting comments and recommendations from stakeholders regarding potential changes to its guidance document on the use of a foreign-sourced reference product as a Canadian reference product.

Joanna Valentine

Cross-border mergers: recent case law upholding freedom of establishment

Corporate Finance/M&A - United Kingdom
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

The Court of Appeal recently confirmed that a company was entitled to use and benefit from the EU cross-border merger regime for its corporate reorganisation, even though the only cross-border element was the inclusion of a single, dormant foreign entity solely to allow the otherwise domestic reorganisation to benefit from the cross-border rules.

Sian Edmunds

Russell Hume: another meat processor falls foul of food safety regulation

Product Regulation & Liability - United Kingdom
Burges Salmon LLP

The Food Standards Agency recently announced that it has stopped products leaving sites run by Russell Hume, a major meat and poultry processing business, following "instances of serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations".

Martin Foerster

Supreme Court: no change of control despite departure of majority shareholder

Real Estate - Austria
Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The Supreme Court recently considered whether a landlord can increase the rent if the majority shareholder of a partnership dies and his or her shares are distributed equally among the remaining partners, none of whom holds a majority in the partnership.

Christopher Loh

Federal Circuit identifies circumstances militating against early or summary Section 101 determinations

Intellectual Property - USA
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

A number of district court decisions have held patent claims to be ineligible under Section 101 during motions brought at the start of litigation or on motions for summary judgment.



Three’s a crowd? Third-party arbitration funding

Arbitration & ADR / Canada, Cyprus, Greece, India, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom


Uber-complex: regulating ride-hail services

Shipping & Transport / Finland, USA


Competition and antitrust in the digital age

Competition & Antitrust / Bulgaria, Czech Republic, European Union, Hungary, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey