January 29, 2013

Taylor Wessing launches Synapse

The Taylor Wessing Group has launched Synapse, an international online portal providing legal and commercial updates and analysis for the Life Sciences industry. These are challenging times for companies in the Life Sciences sector as it undergoes a period of intense transformation, facing ever-increasing levels of regulation and having to respond quickly to developments in order to remain competitive. With an in-depth knowledge of the sector and an international client base ranging across the entire industry, our Life Sciences group are ideally placed to identify and communicate emerging trends, ensuring our clients remain ahead of sector developments. The new Synapse microsite will not only provide details on these developments, but it will include useful analysis and a toolkit to provide practical help to guide businesses in the sector. The Synapse microsite can be accessed through this link: http://www.taylorwessing.com/synapse/ RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Group is led by our Managing Partner, Mr Tan Chong Huat.
January 23, 2013

Updates on English Law by One Essex Court

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing hosted a seminar by English barristers and Queen Counsels from One Essex Court on 17 January 2013. The speakers presented on topics relating to interesting and developing areas of English law and arbitration procedure. Some of the topics covered include: Recent developments in English contract law (2) Contractual damages by Nicholas Strauss QC Contractual construction and rectification by Richard Gillis QC Entire agreement clauses and contractual estoppel: ‘Springwell’ by Henry Forbes Smith           In addition to our Partners and lawyers, a number of invited senior in-house counsels from banks and financial institutions attended the talk. The session also provided an excellent opportunity for the participants to connect with the Barristers and Queen Counsels in their chambers.
January 16, 2013

Former Slovakian Minister of Justice joins Taylor Wessing’s Slovakian team

The Taylor Wessing Group ’s Slovakian team has secured a prominent new Counsel: the former two-time Slovakian Minister of Justice, Lucia Žitňanská, has joined the team in Bratislava as of 8 January 2013. She will be focusing on corporate, competition and insolvency law. Žitňanská explains her motivation for joining an international law firm: “After my educational activities and my political career as Minister of Justice, I am now looking forward very much to working as a lawyer again.” In light of Lucia Žitňanská’s expert knowledge of the Slovakian legal system as well as her theoretical expertise stemming from her academic work and her many years of experience working as an associate University professor, TaylorWessing e|n|w|c partner Andrej Leontiev expects a valuable contribution to the general development of the firm:  “We have cooperated with Lucia Žitňanská several times in the past – mainly in the context of events. We value her for being a true luminary in economic law.” Lucia Žitňanská completed her law studies at Comenius University in Bratislava. From 2002 to 2006 she was an associate professor at the Division of Commercial, Economic and Financial Law of Comenius University, as well as State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic. From February to July 2006 and then again from 2010 to 2012 she was the Slovakian Minister of Justice. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s clients with interests in Central and Eastern Europe will benefit from the enhanced capabilities of the Slovakian office.
January 7, 2013

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates RHT Corporate Advisory on securing secures retainer mandate for Union Steel Holdings Limited

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates RHT Corporate Advisory on their appointment as the corporate secretarial agent by Union Steel Holdings Limited ("Union Steel"), a Mainboard Listed Company with effect from 3 January 2013. Founded in 1984, Union Steel started operations as YLS Steel Pte Ltd which was involved in the trading of ferrous scrap metal. Today, Union Steel consists of five subsidiary companies engaged in related businesses which comprise; (i) recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal; (ii) trading of steel products and non-ferrous metal products; (iii) rental of sheet piles, steel plates and beams and (iv) provision of scaffolding services and related consultancy services, supply of scaffolding materials and skilled workers and buyback of used scaffolding materials. With almost 30 years of experience, Union Steel has established itself as a leading player in the metals and scrap industry in Singapore. Union Steel operates one-stop supply centres for the collection and recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals and the trading of steel products and non-ferrous metal products. In April 2012, Union Steel added provision of scaffolding services and related consultancy services to strengthen its position as preferred partner for steel solutions. Union Steel has received several awards including the Enterprise 50 Award in 2003 and 2004, Fastest Growing 50 Certification and was ranked among the top small and medium enterprises in the annual Singapore 500 Small Medium Enterprises in 2004. It was awarded Singapore 1000 - Sales Turnover Growth Excellence Award in 2009 and achieved the Singapore International 100 Company status in 2010. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Corporate and Securities Partner and Deputy Head, Mr Lawrence Wong and RHT Corporate Advisory's Senior Manager Ms Shirley Tan are the named Company Secretaries for Union Steel.