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Kwan T Loh

Don't let your brand go to pot: what cannabis brand owners need to know

Intellectual Property - Canada
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

The federal government is moving quickly towards legalising the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes.

Victoria Rogers

The approach to redaction – High Court guidance

Litigation - United Kingdom

The English High Court recently considered the correct approach to the redaction of documents in civil proceedings.

Koen Platteau

Competition College refuses to initiate Phase II investigation of Volvo's acquisition of Kant

Competition & Antitrust - Belgium
Simmons & Simmons LLP

The Competition College recently refused to initiate a Phase II investigation and approved Volvo Group Belgium's acquisition of various companies belonging to the Kant group, despite concerns that the transaction was likely to result in competition issues.

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.

Brian D Hirshberg

SEC grants principles-based Section 3(c)(5)(C) relief

Capital Markets - USA
Morrison & Foerster LLP

In a recent principles-based grant of relief, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) focused on the business activities of the particular issuer, instead of whether a particular asset is a qualifying asset, in determining the availability of the Section 3(c)(5)(C) exemption.

Brian Smeenk

Bill 148: changes to Labour Relations Act

Employment & Benefits - Canada

The impact of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 (known as 'Bill 148') has been overshadowed, to some extent, by the controversy surrounding the sweeping changes to the Employment Standards Act 2000, including the changes to the minimum wage.



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