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ESG risk and the tech and automotive sectors: why Tesla's proposed "solution" to the supply chain pinch may not be for everyone

Surging commodity prices are creating headaches in the tech and automotive sectors, with the cost of key materials such as lithium, cobalt and nickel (key components in electric car batteries) rising following supply chain disruptions associated with Covid and the war in Ukraine. 

The Retained EU Law Bill: another Brexit cliff edge looms?

The Government has published legislation giving it wide-ranging powers to revoke or reform retained EU law. Among other things, it includes a proposal for the majority of retained EU legislation to expire at the end of 2023, unless expressly preserved in some form.

Summary judgment granted in latest Italian swaps case

On 27 September 2022, the English High Court granted summary judgment and declaratory relief in favour of the bank Dexia Crediop SpA ("Dexia") on a number of issues arising in its claim against the Italian province of Pesaro e Urbino ("Pesaro"). In bringing its claim, Dexia has sought declarations regarding the validity and enforceability of interest rate swaps executed between the parties in 2003 and 2005.

Liquidity for the house: Preparing an alternative asset manager for sale

While the vast majority of alternative asset managers remain owner-managed, in recent years a growing number of GPs have pursued IPOs, equity and debt solutions from external investors, and even outright sales. With such M&A activity in the private funds space initiated by a wide range of drivers – including generational shifts, liquidity requirements or the need for expansion capital – the complexities of executing deals to achieve optimal outcomes cannot be downplayed.

The SRA adds its weight to the growing discourse around so-called "SLAPPs"

The Solicitors Regulation Authority ("SRA") is the latest organisation to indicate that it is looking to curb the use of so-called Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation ("SLAPPs") in England & Wales. This proposed intervention follows the recently proposed interventions by both the Ministry of Justice and, from a European perspective, the European Commission. 

Further changes to right to work checks

Employers are required to check that all employees have the right to work lawfully in the UK. The rules on how to conduct these checks are changing from 1 October 2022, and employers should review their right to work policies and procedures in the light of these changes.

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