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Swiss Government Proposes Sweeping Reforms In Financial Disputes – Will Switzerland Soon Be A Plaintiff’s Paradise?

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Martin Bernet of Schellenberg Wittmer analyses the potential impact of the proposed far-reaching reforms in the field of financial disputes by the Swiss government: "Each of the proposed measures would in and of itself substantially change the environment of financial litigation in Switzerland. What is more, the combination of the various elements of the draft bill has the potential of bringing about sweeping changes and of establishing a claims culture."

After The International Financial Crisis – The Litigator’s Role In A Normal World

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Liam Kennedy of A&L Goodbody explores the implications of economic recovery on the role of litigators: "The contribution of a litigator is likely to extend far beyond prosecuting or defending claims in court – the strategic litigator will give greater value by helping the client understand manage and control legal and commercial risk."

FHR V Cedar: Bribes and Secret Profits

Toby Graham

Toby Graham, Farrer & Co

Country Review — Australia


Philip Colman of MST Lawyers takes an in-depth look at the franchising sector in Australia: "On the whole, the sector has coped well with the Franchising Code. Certain flaws have been recognised over time and it is expected that by the commencement of 2015, many of those flaws will be addressed."


Who’s Who Legal brings together Bethany Appleby of Wiggin and Dana, Peter Buberis of Kelly Hazell Quill, Richard Rosen of The Richard  L Rosen Law Firm and Michael Malloy of DLA Piper to discuss the adoption of franchising in emerging markets, the changing nature of the franchisor and franchisee relationship, levels of financing, and changes to agreements in their jurisdiction.


Who’s Who Legal brings together Michael Schler of Cravath Swaine & Moore, Michael Honiball of Webber Wentzel, Jennifer Fuller of Fenwick & West and Jean-Blaise Eckert of Lenz & Staehelin to discuss the impact of increasing inter state collaboration on tax avoidance, competition from accountacy firms, and the continued emphasis of governments on tax disclosure and transparency on their practices.

The Future of Tax Planning


Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi of TozziniFreire Advogados explores the future of tax planning in light of the increasing focus on tax transparency by governments around the world: "Tax has always been on government agendas, but the current debate is about more than what taxes will be created or changed. What’s now being discussed is the fundamentals of each tax system, and how limits might be established for companies to have less flexibility to decide where and how to operate."

Business Regulation in the UK: A Changing Landscape


Rod Fletcher of Herbert Smith Freehills analyses the recent developments in UK business regulation and the consequences that follow for the business crime defence market: “The cumulative effect of these developments is undoubtedly increased risk exposure on the part of both corporates and individuals. Key to proactively managing this risk is a good understanding of the potential liabilities which can arise.” 

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