Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because
of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process,
cross-border issues, regulation and the like.
Cartels are a surprisingly persistent feature of economic life. The temptation to rig the game in one’s favour is constant, particularly when demand conditions are weak and the product in question is an undifferentiated commodity.
Key topics covered in this and future editions include the constraints imposed by antitrust on licensing, the circumstances under which a refusal to license intellectual property rights can be unlawful, the imposition of antitrust obligations on owners of standard-essential patents, the application of antitrust law to cross-border e-commerce, the growing importance of intellectual property issues in merger cases, and the intense disputes regarding the application of antitrust law to patent settlements in the pharmaceutical industry.
In this first edition of the Banking Litigation Law Review, it is striking how similar the issues are that face banks and those who advise them across various legal systems. All countries experienced the effects of the global financial crisis from 2008 onwards and these implications have been far-reaching in many ways. They have given rise to much litigation and consequently led to developments in the law.