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FCA consults on CRD IV: Are you an IFPRU or BIPRU firm?

Proposed changes to the FCA Handbook as published by the FCA in its consultation paper published on 31 July 2013.
Patents Court invalidates combined dose psoriasis ointment patents

The Patents Court has decided that two patents relating to the treatment of psoriasis are invalid on the grounds of obviousness.

Russia takes first steps to seize foreign assets in response to sanctions

Last week, the Russian Parliament passed a bill that would allow foreign state-owned assets in Russia to be seized to compensate individuals and companies targeted by Western sanctions.

Client Money Rule Changes: have you updated your terms of business?

In June the Financial Conduct Authority published policy statement 14/9 setting out comprehensive amendments to its CASS rules.

Summary of EMPEA and FT’s Private Equity in Africa Conference 2014

The Financial Times and EMPEA joined forces to provide insights into the latest trends on private equity investing in Africa.

EU Commission issues fines for refusal to supply and margin squeeze abuses

The European Commission has fined broadband services provider Slovak Telekom and its parent company Deutsche Telekom €69.9 million for abusive conduct.

European Commission refers Sweden’s online gambling laws to Court of Justice

The European Commission has in two separate decisions referred Sweden’s online gambling laws to the Court of Justice for non-compliance with EU law.

EU Court overturns €4.4 million cartel fine against glassmaker

The General Court has annulled a cartel fine due to lack of evidence establishing participation in a ‘single and continuous’ infringement.

BVCA finalises standard form venture capital documents

The BVCA has re-launched its suite of documents for venture capital deals, with the aim of reducing the time and costs involved in Series A investment rounds by professional investors.

Spanish Competition Authority extends its investigation into legal services to the Spanish Lawyers’ Association

The Spanish Competition Authority has extended its infringement proceedings against a regional law bar Association to the national Spanish Lawyers’ Association.

Court of Appeal upholds Specsavers’ ‘wordless’ logo

The Court of Appeal has decided that Specsavers’ ‘wordless’ logo is valid and should not be revoked for non-use.

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Shaistah Akhtar

Shaistah Akhtar is a regular contributor to our Business Litigation Alert, primarily focusing on fraud, bribery and sanctions issues in Europe and around the world.