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Competition & Antitrust

In a recent opinion, the French Commercial Practices Review Panel examined the general terms and conditions of purchase of a French car manufacturer. It decided that the terms breached the Commercial Code, which prohibits a significant imbalance between the rights and obligations of parties or the threat of such a termination to obtain clearly unfair conditions.

Corporate Finance/M&A

The Hamon Law has introduced a new obligation for small and medium-sized companies to provide information to employees in case of a contemplated sale of shares or of an ongoing business. The law aims to promote and encourage the acquisition of businesses by their employees, in order to avoid the failure of healthy businesses due to the lack of a buyer.

IT & Internet

The Anti-tax Fraud Act 2013 has heightened the responsibility of software editors by imposing new obligations on them. The act gives the Tax Administration the authority to require designers or publishers to disclose accounting or management software and cash systems. It also imposes an obligation to retain the documents and information covered by the disclosure requirement.

Media & Entertainment

The video recording of concerts, operas, musicals and other shows is now a common practice, and the industry around this practice is growing. However, the protection to which the producer of such an audiovisual work is entitled is still unclear. A recent Paris Court of Appeal decision illustrates this issue.

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