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Geoffrey Maddock

Brexit – EIOPA publishes opinion on cross-border legacy business

Insurance - United Kingdom
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

A recent opinion published by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority warns that UK insurers are unlikely to be able to meet obligations to European Economic Area (EEA) policyholders post-Brexit unless they mitigate the anticipated loss of passporting rights that will come with leaving the single market.

David Salkeld

What could happen to imports if government shuts down: 2018 version

International Trade - USA
Arent Fox LLP

Based on recent activity in Congress, the possibility of a shutdown of US federal government activities for at least a brief period is looming larger.

Chris Webber

Audit watchdog increases size of enforcement unit

Company & Commercial - United Kingdom
Squire Patton Boggs

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has more than tripled the size of its enforcement team over the past five years in response to public criticism over its failure to prosecute auditors for giving clean audits to financial institutions in the months before they were engulfed by the financial crisis.

Theodore Fong

Alberta workers' compensation: a refocus

Employment & Benefits - Canada
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

In 2016 the Alberta government commissioned an evaluation of the entire workers' compensation system.

Yunquan Li

Trademarks comprising different letters may still cause confusion and thus constitute similar trademarks

Intellectual Property - China
Wanhuida Peksung

The China Trademark Office (CTMO) recently held that although the word marks in question were spelt differently, their similarities in terms of font, design and arrangement created a similar overall visual effect.

Richard P Lawson

Net neutrality: from rules to enforcement

Telecoms - USA
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

The recent controversial Restoring Internet Freedom Order has essentially changed net neutrality from a regime based on rules to one based on enforcement.



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