Country Comparative Guides

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The Legal 500’s Country Comparative Guides are produced in association with the World’s leading lawyers and give the in-house community a practical overview of the laws and regulations in key jurisdictions, for specific practice areas.

Each country chapter is written by a renowned firm in an easy to use Q&A format. The Hot Topic articles provide analysis of current trends and developments within particular practice areas, giving our readership a deeper understanding of pressing issues within the specified sector.

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Anti-Bribery & Corruption 2022: Current trends in the U.K. Market and Hot Topics

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Lisa Osofsky, the current Director of the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (the SFO), described 2022 as “the year of the trial” due to (an unprecedented) eight SFO trials listed in 2022 and early 2023. While the volume of trials reflects an increasing change of pace within the corporate criminal enforcement landscape in the UK, the …

Ukraine: Temporary Protection Measures

Deloitte

Introduction Since 24 February 2022, over 4.3 million people have fled Ukraine. In response to the resulting humanitarian crisis, the European Union (EU) agreed to activate the 2001 EU Temporary Protection Directive for the first time on 4 March 2022. The EU Council Decision obligates Member States to grant immediate temporary protection to individuals leaving …

“ Ordinary Course ” Covenants in U.S. Merger Agreements Post-COVID-19

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

The phrase “ordinary course of business” has been, for decades, a staple of acquisition agreements, where it appears frequently in representations, warranties and covenants.  Despite its ubiquitous use, it was not until recently that the Delaware courts for the first time ruled on what constitutes “ordinary course of business” when a company is facing unforeseen …

Carve-Out Transactions: Particularities under Swiss Law

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

After the market experienced an unprecedented disruption in 2020 induced by a global pandemic and a subsequent economic downturn, a substantial recovery in market activity in general but also in transaction activity especially took place in the following year. The upswing also led to an increased level of carve-out trans-actions in Switzerland which thus continue …

Cross-Border Financing Trends in Middle Market Transactions

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

INTRODUCTION At the start of 2020, the world could not have foreseen the impact of a global pandemic. The financing markets were as strong as ever, with robust liquidity within both the private equity and credit markets and well-positioned public markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Economic indicators such as commodity and oil prices, …

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Guides

Alternative Investment Funds

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Christopher D. Christian and Abigail Bell of Dechert LLP.

Aviation Finance & Leasing

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Paul Ng of Milbank.

Banking & Finance

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Benedikt Maurenbrecher of Homburger.

Blockchain

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Ben Kingsley and Duncan Blaikie of Slaughter and May.

Bribery & Corruption

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Joanna Ludlam of Baker McKenzie.

Cartels

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by William Turtle of Slaughter and May.

Competition Litigation

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Tom Cassels and Sarina Williams of Linklaters LLP.

Construction

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Jason N. Smith of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Corporate Governance

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Tom Rose of Macfarlanes LLP.

Corporate Immigration

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Jurga McCluskey and Melanie Carr of Deloitte Legal.

Data Protection & Cyber Security

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Keily Blair and Heather Sussman of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP.

Doing Business In

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Rachel Hossack of Deloitte Legal.

Employee Incentives

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Mahesh Varia of Travers Smith.

Employment & Labour Law

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Nicola Rabson of Linklaters LLP.

Energy – Oil & Gas

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Michael Burns of Ashurst.

Environment

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Paul Davies of Latham & Watkins LLP.

Fintech

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Chris Hill of Deloitte Legal.

Force Majeure

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Tom Cummins of Ashurst.

Franchise & Licensing

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by David Bond of Fieldfisher.

Insurance & Reinsurance

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Katherine Coates of Clifford Chance.

Intellectual Property

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Gordon Harris and Mathilda Davidson of Gowling WLG.

International Arbitration

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Michael Polkinghorne and Kirsten Odynski of White & Case.

Lending & Secured Finance

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Dominic Griffiths of Mayer Brown.

Litigation

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Damian Taylor of Slaughter and May.

Merger Control

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Alex Nourry of Clifford Chance.

Mergers & Acquisitions

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Richard Hall of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Patent Litigation

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Nicola Dagg of Kirkland & Ellis.

Pharmaceutical Advertising

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Sally Shorthose of Bird & Bird.

Private Client

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Andrew Hine of Taylor Wessing LLP.

Private Equity

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by David Higgins and Carlos Gil Rivas of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Product Liability

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Kate Corby and John Leadley of Baker McKenzie.

Public Procurement

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Catherine Bingham of Dentons.

Real Estate

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by François Bonteil of Clifford Chance.

Renewable Energy

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Natasha Luther-Jones of DLA Piper UK LLP.

Restructuring & Insolvency

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Kon Asimacopoulos and Partha Kar of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Securitisation

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Guy O'Keefe of Slaughter and May.

Shipping

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Edward Gray of MFB Solicitors.

Tax

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Michael Anderson and Dr. Simon Whitehead of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP.

TMT

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Kit Burden of DLA Piper.

White Collar Crime

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Caroline Black and Richard Hodge of Dechert LLP.