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The changing face of product liability around the world

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Rod Freeman, Phoebe Wilkinson, Markus Burckhardt, Christine Gateau and Eugene Chen of Hogan Lovells take an in-depth look at global developments in product liability defence: "The interplay of regulatory regimes and liability regimes cannot be ignored in a world where authorities are increasingly adopting an interventionist approach to product risks, and consumers are linked up through internet-based communications. "

Aggregate products litigation in the US: Whirlpool v Glazer and developments in class actions and MDLs in products and consumer fraud matters

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Bruce Cranner, Campbell Wallace and Ashley Wheelock of Frilot look at recent developments in products and related consumer fraud class and mass actions in the US: "Several cases decided in 2013 further signal the court’s desire to restrict the mass and class actions and make removal under the Class Action Fairness Act more plausible."

Australian product liability trends: class actions and litigation funding

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Annette Hughes and Christie Jones of Corrs Chambers Westgarth detail product liability trends in Australia, notably the rise of product liability class actions and litigation funding: "Class action proceedings are now financed primarily by way of 'no win-no fee' cost arrangements and, increasingly, by way of litigation funding which had its genesis in Australia in the early 2000s."

The Multiplicity Factor

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Cynthia Urda Kassis and Ben Shorten of Shearman & Sterling look at the trend of multi-source financing, which has emerged to bridge the liquidity gap, and examine its impact on projects: "It needs to be recognised by both sponsors and lenders that highly bespoke financing plans mean that a one-size-fits-all approach based on precedent cannot be followed; flexibility and creativity will need to be employed."

Roundtable: Project Finance 2014

Who’s Who Legal brings together Karen Wong of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Filipe Lowndes Marques of Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados, Robin Abraham of Clifford Chance and Jaime Herrera of Posse Herrera Ruiz to discuss levels and types of project financing, the trend for energy projects, the impact of government investment on the sector, regulatory developments and changes in the legal market in their jurisdiction.

Project Finance in an Ever-Changing World

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Phillip Fletcher of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy reviews recent developments in project financing around the globe: "The ultimate judgement call in a project finance transaction is whether a particular risk, and the means available to mitigate it, is 'bankable'. As long as the markets in which we operate continue to evolve in the face of changing economic, political, technological and social circumstances, helping sponsors and lenders to reach that sort of judgement will continue to be challenging and good fun."

Spotlight on Oman

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Graham Mouat and Ravinder Singh of Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co take an in-depth look at project financing in Oman, which currently has projects worth over US$125 billion planned or under way: "The legislative and regulatory framework has evolved, and continues to evolve, to provide security and protection to project financier’s interests. It also provides incentives including the creation of registered, perfected, first priority security interests for the benefit of project finance lenders."

Roundtable: Corporate Governance 2014

Who’s Who Legal has brought together Claudia Allen of Katten Muchin Rosenman, Derk Lemstra of Stibbe, Lisa Chung of Slaughter and May, Vassily Rudomino of ALRUD Law Firm and Gareth Roberts of Herbert Smith Freehills to discuss shareholder activism, disclosure requirements, board diversity and future trends.

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