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Updates on the latest legal and regulatory developments

German Motion Picture Fund

Film

German Motion Picture Fund

With effect from January 2016, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy established the German Motion Picture Fund (“GMPF”), a new incentive scheme to strengthen the German film industry...

27 May 2016

Film and TV in Malaysia The Opportunity for Productions

Film & TV

Film and TV in Malaysia The Opportunity for Productions

The “Film in Malaysia Incentive” (FIMI) is the Malaysian Government’s incentive for film, television and other screen production activity conducted in Malaysia and is intended to encourage support for the Malaysian content production industry...

 

27 May 2016

UK Tax Relief for Television

television tax relief

UK Tax Relief for Television

On 1 April 2013, the Government introduced tax reliefs for high end television programmes and animated television programmes. From 1st April 2015 the reliefs have been extended to children’s programming, the minimum UK expenditure requirement has been reduced to 10% and a proposal has been made to modernise the cultural test...

27 May 2016

Digital Media

European Commission launches proposals for new regulatory framework for audiovisual media services

The AVMS proposals are part of the announcement of the next major wave of "Digital Single Market" initiatives.  Also announced today were legislative proposals on cross-border parcel delivery, consumer protection co-operation among regulators and geo-blocking – the latter does not apply to geo-blocking of audiovisual services or (at least for the time being) of other electronically supplied services "the main feature of which is the provision of access to and use of copyright protected works or other protected subject matter services". 

In addition to the legislative proposals, there are two non-legislative papers.  The first concerns "online platforms" and discusses issues such as notice-and-action and the need for a level playing field for comparable digital services, but without proposing any immediate actions; the second is revised guidance on unfair commercial practices, seeking to ensure uniform practical application of EU rules in that area.

25 May 2016

Litigation

Commercial Court highlights weaknesses in IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest 2014

W Ltd v M SDN BHD [2016] EWHC 422 (Comm) concerned an application under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to set aside an award on grounds of apparent bias.  In reaching its decision, the Commercial Court identified what it described as weaknesses in the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest 2014 (the "IBA Guidelines"), specifically in the drafting of the Non-Waivable Red List.

25 May 2016

Sportech VAT victory against HMRC

 

Sportech has won its £97 million VAT appeal, in respect of its "spot the ball" competitions, against Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. The Court of Appeal judges arrived at a unanimous decision, which hopefully signals the end of this long running case.  HMRC's application for leave to appeal has recently been turned down by the Court of Appeal.  It is not yet clear whether or not it will appeal directly to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal.

 

24 May 2016

Gambling

Taking a gamble on customer data - Part 4

In the fourth in Olswang's series of articles relating to data in the gambling sector, we look at the new General Data Protection Regulation, which will take direct effect in EU Member States on 25 May 2018, what gambling businesses need to be aware of in light of the impending changes and what they should consider doing now to prepare. 

 

 

24 May 2016

telecoms

Olswang Competition Telecoms Bulletin

This edition of the Olswang Competition Telecoms Bulletin provides an update on recent merger control activity in the telecoms sector, focusing on the recent prohibition of Hutchinson Whampoa's proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK, as well as an overview of the regulatory news affecting the EU and UK telecoms markets.

24 May 2016

Litigation

High Court grants anti-suit injunction to prevent Russian arbitration proceedings and clarifies scope of restriction on obtaining interim relief in LCIA Rules

In Mace (Russia) Ltd v Retansel Enterprises Ltd (unreported, 28 April 2016), the Commercial Court discharged a without notice injunction to restrain continuation of Russian arbitration proceedings because of material non-disclosure by the claimant, but it granted a new on-notice injunction as the Russian proceedings were an improper attempt to subvert London arbitration proceedings.

23 May 2016

Commercial Litigation

"Brexit": what might it mean for contracts and disputes?

A vote to leave the European Union on 23 June could have significant implications for businesses' compliance and contractual obligations and disputes.  As the referendum draws closer, we consider the potential impact of a Brexit and how this might be determined by the exit model adopted by the UK Government.  

19 May 2016

Competition and regulation

GSK and others fined as CMA concludes investigation into paroxetine pay-for-delay settlements

On 12 February 2016 the UK Competition and Markets Authority (‘the CMA’) announced the conclusion of its lengthy investigation into so-called ‘pay-for-delay’ settlements relating to GlaxoSmithKline’s (‘GSK’) blockbuster anti-depressant, paroxetine. The CMA has imposed record fines totalling £45 million on three companies which were found to have infringed European Union (‘EU’) and UK competition law by entering into agreements to delay the market entry of generic versions of the drug in the United Kingdom...

10 May 2016

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