IBA Annual Litigation Forum: New Challenges in Multijurisdictional Litigation, 6-8 May 2020, Buenos Aires

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IBA_BAThis time last year, I was still quite nerveous about getting everything lined up for the IBA’s Annual Litigation Forum in Berlin which I had the honour of co-charing. This year, I can sit back, relax and plan my trip to Argentina, knowing that things are in the capable hands of our friends Angelo Anglani and Rodrigo Fermin Garcia. Continue reading

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Cases of the Week: How (Not) To Bundle Claims

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Landgericht BraunschweigGermany does not have US style class actions. The introduction of the Capital Market Investors’ Model Proceeding Act (Kapitalanlegermusterverfahrensgesetz, KapMuG) in 2005 (triggered by the Deutsche Telekom securities litigation) and of the Model Declaratory Proceedings (Musterfeststellungsklage) that were added to the German Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO) in November 2018 in order to address the wave of Diesel litigation have not really changed that. In the assessment of the plaintiffs’ bar, Germany’s legal tools for seeking collective redress are still not fit for purpose. Continue reading

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Today is Brexit Day – What’s New?  

Get ready for brexitToday is Brexit Day. The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. It might be worth looking at what changes as of midnight today. Spoiler alert: Practically speaking, not much. Article 126 of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (Withdrawal Agreement; WA) is short and straightforward: “There shall be a transition or implementation period, which shall start on the date of entry into force of this Agreement and end on 31 December 2020.”

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Disruption in Litigation – New Types of Disputes in a New World Order, IBA Annual Litigation Forum, Berlin, 8 – 10 May 2019

IBA Berlin 2019This year’s IBA Litigation Conference will be held in Berlin – and if that in itself is not good enough to persuade you to come, may I add that this year, I have the honour of co-chairing the conference with Tom Price of Gowling WLG in Birmingham.

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