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Angela Santos

Meyer decision: first sale remains savings avenue for importers

International Trade - USA
Arent Fox LLP

The US Court of International Trade recently issued a lengthy opinion which was sceptical of the longstanding use of first sale appraisement in non-market economies, causing an uproar in the import community – but is this much ado about nothing? Companies that have implemented first sale should rest assured that the programme is legally sound.

Rachael Markham

Pre-pack administrations: how do administrators evaluate the evaluator?

Insolvency & Restructuring - United Kingdom
Squire Patton Boggs

With fairly swift measure, the House of Commons approved the pre-pack regulations confirming that, with effect from 30 April 2021, before a pre-pack sale can complete, creditor approval or an independent written report from an evaluator will be required.

Charles Allen

Disclosure orders against banks' overseas branches

Litigation - Hong Kong

In A1 v R1 a novel point appears to have arisen as to whether the High Court could grant Norwich Pharmacal relief in relation to the disclosure of documents and information concerning a bank account held not in Hong Kong but with the overseas branch of a Hong Kong bank.

Ramonne Gardiner

Homeowners Protection Act – time to revisit

Private Client & Offshore Services - Bahamas
Lennox Paton

The Homeowners Protection Act was designed to provide meaningful protection to homeowners by ensuring a true and proper discourse between borrowers and financial institutions and will likely become the epicentre of the mortgage market.

Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen

BIMCO launches Asvtime for accommodation support vessels

Shipping & Transport - International
Wikborg Rein

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) recently expanded its suite of offshore contracts by launching the new standard time charter for accommodation support vessels, the Asvtime.

David Schwartz

Patentability of diagnostic methods – has the Patent Office drawn the line?

Healthcare & Life Sciences - Canada
Smart & Biggar

IP offices have long grappled with whether a medical diagnostic constitutes a traditionally patentable concrete or physical method or instead is merely an unpatentable and intangible abstract idea.



Corporate and commercial: trends and issues

Corporate & Commercial / Cyprus, India, Italy


Open banking – revolution or risk?

Banking & Financial Services / Nigeria


Aviation industry trends

Aviation / Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, France, Germany, Israel, Peru