Warsaw, Poland

Defining Success in a Redefined World

By Raf Uzar, Penteris

The concepts of corporate and individual responsibility and success are seemingly shifting under our feet. Companies and individuals are all facing the need to re-evaluate priorities. In this uncertain environment, the only thing we can be sure of is change. And tracking this change is key. Analysing and assessing our shifting attitudes is crucial for leaders to address the needs of employees.

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Hamburg, Germany

Give It a Try: How to Transfer Personal Data from Europe to the US after the ECJ Ruled the Privacy Shield Void

By Jaroslaw Norbert Nowak, nbs partners

On 16 July 2020, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared the Privacy Shield Adequacy Decision (2016/1250; hereafter “Privacy Shield”) of the European Commission on personal data transfer from the European Union (EU) to the United States (US) invalid (Case C-311/18). In the view of the ECJ, the limitations on the protection of personal data arising from the domestic law of the United States on the access and use by US public authorities are not satisfying a level of data protection that is essentially equivalent to the requirements under EU law.

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Tel Aviv, Israel

IP Protection: More than Meets the Eye

By Eran Soroker and Robert Dorneanu, Soroker Agmon Nordman | IP & beyond

From Gucci to Ray-Ban, sunglasses brands are a big deal. Each year, companies spend millions of dollars creating brand presence and protecting their IP. Brand protection is usually associated with products or services. For example, Apple’s trademarks appear on iPhones and iPads and Google’s trademarks are displayed on their search engine, email services, etc. Brand protection does not stop there and there is more than meets the eye. The story of the successful Israeli fashion eyewear brand, Carolina Lemke, famous for its marketing campaign led by Kim Kardashian West and Bar Refaeli, is a good example.

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Does the COVID-19 Pandemic Extend a Trial Period under German Labour Law?

By Pascal Verma, nbs partners

Before employers commit themselves permanently to an employee, they are usually interested in testing the employee’s performance and reliability. This interest is realised by the waiting period, which must be fulfilled in order for the Dismissal Protection Act to apply. It leads to a legally required trial period of six months. During the trial period, the employer can terminate the employment contract without giving reasons.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Cooperation in International Insolvency Procedures in the Dominican Republic

By Fabio J. Guzmán Saladín, Guzmán Ariza

Law 141-15 pertains to restructuring and liquidation of companies and commercial persons and places the Dominican Republic among the countries with the most advanced and modern legislation in the matter. Said law establishes procedures and mechanisms necessary for companies and local merchants to have options for surpassing financial diffculties without recurring to the liquidation of the company assets. Furthermore, it transcends the regulation of commercial restructuration and liquidation in an international situation by including, in its Title IV, the cooperation in international procedures. In this article, we will explain in detail the origin of this title, its objectives, its scope in international cooperation, and finally, its repercussions in the Dominican and international legal spectrum.

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Commercial Lease Disputes in Ireland: A Recent History and Overview

By Tom O’Byrne, O’Flynn Exhams LLP

Commercial lettings in Ireland have had a turbulent decade. The financial crisis took its toll on the sector. The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), founded in 2009, acquired loans valued at EUR 77 billion and broad powers to manage its portfolio. Bailouts, Troika rules, insolvencies, and the blame-game led industry discourse.

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Can My Genetic Information be Used Against Me?

By Anne M. Kennedy, Pallett Valo LLP

With a simple swab, a person can learn about their ancestry, connect with family members they never knew existed, and discover which traits they are predisposed to. Importantly, they can also predict to some degree their risk of disability or disease, with the hopes of improving how their medical problems are treated in the future.

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Transfer of Data to the USA Now Blocked?

By Piotr Zawadzki, Penteris

On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a landmark judgment invalidating the EU-US Privacy Shield. The CJEU also confirmed that standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for the transfer of personal data to third countries are valid, although require additional attention. The problem concerns both those entities that send data to the US themselves and all persons or organisations that use contractors/providers using servers, data centres and other infrastructure located in the US.

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