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The Credit Crunch: Impact on Shipping Contracts

Jonathan Lux - Ince & Co

Victoria Waite - Ince & Co.

Jonathan Lux

The past few months have seen an almost unprecedented global financial crisis - slumping stock markets, extremely volatile exchange rates and massive government intervention, in the banking sector in particular.

Of Liens and Letters of Undertaking: The Third Circuit Gets It Right

Jeremy Harwood

Jeremy JO Harwood

The Third Circuit's recent precedential decision in Petroleos Mexicanos Refinacion v MT KING A, (554 F3d 99 3d Cir 2009), reversing the New Jersey District, has narrowly averted a major misdirection of US admiralty lien law and blow to the efficacy of P&I Club letters of undertaking.

Global Market Turmoil & the Demise of the Hyper-Specialised Capital Markets Lawyer

Ashar Qureshi

Ashar Qureshi

Towards the end of the last century, Francis Fukuyama was famously (somewhat mis-) quoted as saying that the end of history had arrived. He was even more famously proven wrong.

Weathering the Storm

Dan McCarthy - deputy general counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company

Dan McCarthy

As we move forward into the worst economic times since the Great Depression there is no shortage of bad news: almost every country and industry has been adversely affected; some banks have failed, others have been nationalised and all seem reluctant to lend; numerous companies have filed for bankruptcy and most are slashing costs hoping to live to fight another day; and M&A activity is in the doldrums.Fear, uncertainty and doubt seem to be the order of the day.

Breaking the Chapter 11 'Tsunameter'

Evan D Flaschen

Ilia O'Hearn - Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Evan Flaschen

The subprime mortgage debacle that led to the fall of colossal financial institutions such as Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers in 2008 has been the temblor generating the recent tsunami of global restructurings and chapter 11 filings in the United States.

Restructuring In a No-Credit World

Derrick Tay - Ogilvy Renault LLP

Orestes Pasparakis - Ogilvy Renault LLP

Over the past decade, the financing of insolvent and distressed companies has developed as a specialty practice that has grown with the global expansion of credit.

Directors' Duties

Nigel Boardman - Slaughter and May

The Companies Act 2006 introduced significant changes in corporate governance and, in particular, to the duties owed by directors to their company.

US Corporate Governance: A Return To Fundamentals

David A Katz

Laura A McIntosh - Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

David Katz

Clues to the direction of developments in US corporate governance in the next few years may be found in the 2008 proxy season. Forecasted to be a season of increased activism, it now appears to have been the season in which shareholders began to put governance reform proposals back into perspective.

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