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Ireland has remained, post bailout, the fastest-growing economy in the eurozone. Recent reports indicate the increased liquidity of domestic buyers; over half of M&A transactions within the past year have involved Irish acquirers. There is still considerable foreign direct investment in the market, with investment funds continuing to be attracted by the country’s business-oriented tax system. Technology and software giants continue to set up offices in Dublin, and others are expanding their current operations. As a result of this and increasing confidence in the economy, the construction market has begun to grow again, with developments including Google’s new €150m data centre. In line with these trends, law firms have seen an increase in transactional work, and loan sales remain an area of particular activity, particularly those backed by real estate assets.
The widely anticipated Court of Appeal Act came into force in October 2014; this established a general Court of Appeal which sits between the High Court and the Supreme Court, and is designed to increase efficiency and improve waiting times.
Domestic firms dominate the legal market, with the past year seeing increased team sizes. Declan Black is now managing partner at Mason Hayes & Curran, while Michael Jackson was appointed managing partner of Matheson in October 2015. Multinational firms have also established themselves in the market, with many increasing their profile.
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The pharmacy sector has undergone considerable change in recent years, starting with the enactment of the Pharmacy Act in 2007. A common complaint is that pharmacists have come under increased pressure as a result of these regulatory changes and that greater administrative burdens have been imposed, for example in processing their claims under the various community drugs schemes operated by the State.
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Frequent viewers of the latest Hollywood films may be immune to it but Irish broadcasting bosses have traditionally never warmed to the idea of James Bond openly exhibiting the latest Aston Martin or BMW as part of the movie or the promotion of Absolut Vodka as part of the Sex and the City movie.
The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act, 2010 (“the Act”) was introduced into law on 01/01/2011. It brought into Irish law the concept of civil partnerships for same sex couples as well as certain rights for cohabiting couples.
Duncan Grehan&Partners have recently been selected to contribute to a survey carried out in all EU Member States to ascertain the practicability of the regulation 805/2004/EC.
In recent times the closure of businesses has unfortunately, become common due to trading difficulties.
Piracy and copyright infringements are on the increase. As such, it is all the more important to take appropriate measures to protect one’s trademarks and intellectual property.
On October 12, 2016, VEGAS LEX organized a workshop, Advertising in the pharmaceutical sector: risk matrix , for representatives of pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of medical devices and dietary supplements.
No distinction is made between “Mac” and “Mc” for the purposes of trademark law. The General Court of the European Union (EGC) ruled that whether the syllable includes an “a” is of no great significance (Az.: T-518/13).
Anyone who includes false statements in their application documents risks having their employment contract terminated with immediate effect.
The renewable energy company OX2 has been retained to construct the Lehtirova wind farm generating 148 MW (41 wind power turbines) in Norrbotten. The customer is Aquila Capital. Foyen Advokatfirma assisted OX2 in the negotiations regarding the turbine supply agreement and the service agreement with the turbine supplier, Vestas. The partner in charge at Foyen was Jacob Hamilton.
Members of the truck cartel will have to pay a fine totaling approx. 2.9 billion euros, and things could become even more expensive if damages claims brought by clients follow.
The IFLR1000 2017 Financial and Corporate rankings were published on October 14, 2016. VEGAS LEX improved its positions in Project finance and Mergers and acquisitions. Chairman of the Board of Partners Albert Eganyan was noted as a leading lawyer in the Project finance category.
The inheritance tax reforms have still yet to be finalized. With the Bundesrat, the upper house of the German parliament, having blocked the draft legislation on July 8, no further decision is expected to be taken before the autumn.
In an action brought by CL Educate Limited, the company behind Career Launcher (popularly known as CL), India’s premier test prep institutions, the Delhi High Court has restrained competitor Think and Learn Pvt. Ltd. (popularly known as Byju’s) and its directors from infringing and misusing CL’s trademarks to lure prospective students into enrolling.
Early signs of the new shape of IP litigation under the Commercial Courts Act are being seen in the speed with which the Delhi High Court disposed of a suit filed by Tata Sons Ltd. on the second date of hearing, applying the ‘summary judgment’ provisions contained in this Act.