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Developments in European Trademark Law

Trevor Cook - Bird & Bird LLP

Trevor Cook

Fifteen years after the Trade Marks Directive 89/104 first sought, as from 1993, to harmonise national trademark laws throughout the European Community, many uncertainties still remain as to its interpretation.

The New Latin American Oil and Gas Scene: Taking the High Road or the Low Road?

Carlos E Maduro - Macleod Dixon - Caracas

Elisabeth Eljuri

Elisabeth Eljuri

Over the past years we saw a significant increase in commodity prices, but specifically during 2008, where oil prices rose above US$147 to an all-time record, as a result of several factors such as growing demand from the expanding BRIC economies, worries on oil supply, lack of stability in several oil-producing countries, and the decline of the US dollar, among others.

A Surprising Reality: Middle East Natural Gas Crunch

Farida Midani - King & Spalding Dubai

Philip R Weems

Philip R Weems

A common assumption today is that the Middle East has an abundance of readily available natural gas supplies; however, the reality is quite different.

Promotion of Energy Investment in Libya

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill

Jubilee Easo - Ashurst LLP

Renad Haj Yahya - Ashurst LLP

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill

The recent high oil and gas prices and Libya's rehabilitation into the international community after the lifting of US and international sanctions have led to an influx of foreign investors looking to invest in the country's oil and gas sector.

Financial Sector Pay and Employee Class Actions

Chris Bracebridge - Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP

Christopher Walter - Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP

Financial sector pay is the bête noire of the downturn. Regulators and lawmakers around the globe have highly compensated financiers in their sights.

US Employers Face Greater Exposure as Workers' Rights Seem Certain to Grow

Gary Siniscalco - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Michael Delikat - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

A VOLATILE LANDSCAPEThe landscape for US employment and labour law remains more volatile and contentious than that of any other major industrialised country.

Employment Law in Australia: Recent Cases

Drew Pearson - Freehills

Russell Allen - Freehills

The end of the employment relationship often raises a number of issues regarding obligations of both the employer and employee. Recent developments in case law in Australia have raised interesting issues surrounding the employment relationship, and later we deal with issues relating to fixed term contracts and the ownership of inventions.

Firing White-Collar Employees in Belgium

Chris Engels - Claeys & Engels

This article deals with the dismissal of white-collar employees hired for an indefinite period. While most foreign companies are rightly convinced that Belgian dismissal law is very protective of the employees, it should be stressed that Belgian law allows an employer a very high degree of flexibility in removing individuals from their posts.

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