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Whether you are launching, operating, lending to or investing in a fund or an alternative indirect investment vehicle, you need to overcome legal hurdles which may be from a domestic and/or cross-border perspective. Our pan-European funds group advises across your key asset classes including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, hedge, venture capital, debt and exchange traded funds. We advise on all types of funds and other indirect structures and across the lifecycle. Our experience and varied client base enables us to advise on the commercial as well as the legal and tax aspects.

We are highly skilled at, and have a reputation for, efficiency and providing commercial and pragmatic advice to reach successful deal conclusions quickly and on sensible budgets. We recognise the fast-moving regulatory climate and aim to simplify the legal regulations with our expert funds guides. These cover developments such as those affecting passporting and private placement regimes and allow you to keep pace with key market changes. We also actively engage in the legislative process, seeking to influence outcomes for the benefit of our client base.

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01 March 2021
The Glob­al Sul­phur Ban – One Year On
Since 1 March 2020 all mar­ine ves­sels have been sub­ject to a ban from car­ry­ing on board high sul­phur mar­ine fuel oil (“HSFO”) with sul­phur con­tent great­er than 0.50% un­less they have a ‘scrub­ber’...
16 February 2021
Fight­ing poor med­ic­a­tion ad­her­ence in the European Uni­on: The Grav­it­ate-Health...
Nowadays, European cit­izens can ob­tain a great amount of in­form­a­tion (on­line and off­line) about any medi­cine. However, this in­form­a­tion is in many cases un­re­li­able and dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand, en­cour­aging...
15 December 2020
Five years after Hua­wei ZTE FRAND li­cens­ing ob­lig­a­tions again be­fore the...
On 26 Novem­ber 2020, the Düs­sel­dorf Re­gion­al Court an­nounced that it would sus­pend a pat­ent in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ing and refer key ques­tions on com­puls­ory li­cens­ing of stand­ard es­sen­tial pat­ents (SEP)...
09 December 2020
Is the sun set­ting on the En­ergy Charter Treaty? An up­date on the mod­ern­isa­tion...
On 2 Decem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) in­dic­ated that if “core EU ob­ject­ives” are not met as part of the on­go­ing ne­go­ti­ations to mod­ern­ise the En­ergy Charter Treaty (the...
23 October 2020
The EU FDI Reg­u­la­tion be­comes fully ap­plic­able
The EU FDI Reg­u­la­tion, which came in­to force in April 2019, in­tro­duces a frame­work for screen­ing FDI in­to the EU. It is not a sep­ar­ate new screen­ing tool at EU level, but a frame­work for co­oper­a­tion and...
08 October 2020
Ger­many tries again to rat­i­fy Uni­fied Pat­ent Court-Agree­ment
A bill for ap­prov­al of the Agree­ment on the Uni­fied Pat­ent Court (UPCA), le­gis­la­tion that would al­low Ger­many to rat­i­fy this con­ven­tion and to par­ti­cip­ate in this in­ter­na­tion­al pat­ent court sys­tem, was...
16 July 2020
Do earn-out clauses help with M&A trans­ac­tions in­flu­enced by COV­ID-19?
In times of COV­ID-19, many trans­ac­tions are dif­fi­cult to ne­go­ti­ate, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to the pur­chase price. Can earn-out clauses be of any help? This is a ques­tion that needs to be answered...
14 July 2020
More con­flict­ing judg­ments from Eng­land and France: un­cer­tainty for users...
In­tro­duc­tion In a sig­ni­fic­ant case for in­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial ar­bit­ra­tion, on 23 June 2020, the Par­is Court of Ap­peal re­jec­ted an ap­plic­a­tion to an­nul an ICC award, find­ing that the ar­bit­ral tribunal...
02 July 2020
EU agrees new class ac­tion re­gime for con­sumer dis­putes
After a long gest­a­tion, on 30 June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU pub­lished the text for the col­lect­ive re­dress dir­ect­ive (the “CR Dir­ect­ive”) (text avail­able here). This le­gis­la­tion is in­ten­ded to bet­ter...
22 June 2020
ESMA con­sults on new rules for Cloud ar­range­ments
On 3 June 2020, ESMA pub­lished a Con­sulta­tion Pa­per (“CP” which is avail­able here) on draft guidelines for out­sourcing to cloud ser­vice pro­viders. For both as­set man­agers and funds, the CP pro­poses...
22 May 2020
For­eign in­vest­ments in Ger­man life sci­ence com­pan­ies be­come sub­ject to...
In re­sponse to the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, Ger­many has widened the scope of its in­vest­ment con­trol to in­clude nu­mer­ous life sci­ence com­pan­ies. The amend­ments to the For­eign Trade and Pay­ments Or­din­ance ("AWV")...
14 May 2020
European Com­mis­sion post­pones the entry in­to force of CSDR set­tle­ment dis­cip­line...
The Com­mis­sion Del­eg­ated Reg­u­la­tion on set­tle­ment dis­cip­line (the “Set­tle­ment Dis­cip­line RTS”[1]) will now come in­to force on 1 Feb­ru­ary 2021 fol­low­ing in­dustry re­quests for more time for im­ple­ment­a­tion. ...