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22.09.2022 - Alliance: A bird's eye view of the law: The commercial use of unmanned aircraft

The development and commercialisation of drones is making relentless progress. Due to the wide range of applications and the rapid technical advances, unmanned aircraft – or “UAS” (=Unmanned Aircraft System) for short – are predicted to be a promising future.

05.07.2022 - Alliance: What to do if the company is hacked? Actions from a legal perspective.

In case of a hacking attack, unauthorised attackers attempt to access external PCs, notebooks, smartphones, tablets or even entire corporate networks. Since the frequency of such attacks has increased massively in Europe over the past year, in this article we look at the successful hacker attack from the outside, which encrypts the affected systems in such a way that the company can no longer access its system at all.

23.05.2022 - Alliance: Digital Revolution & Legal Evolution – copyright and related IP rights in the digital domestic market

Cryptocurrency, big data, artificial intelligence, data theft, cloud, virtual, augmented, or mixed reality, cyber warfare, telemedicine, social media, autonomous driving, Industry 4.0, Criminal Law 4.0, NFTs – these are not the only issues that are bringing about the era of the fourth so-called digital revolution. Each of these digital changes is bringing new challenges to all facets of society – the link between law and technology is one of the biggest. An example that illustrates the special relationship between legal and digital technologies very well are NFTs (non-fungible tokens).

14.04.2022 - Alliance: The current turning point – Force Majeure and loss of the basis for business

The "current turning point" in connection with the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine has not only a political but also perhaps an even greater economic dimension. The sharp rise in the price of raw materials and energy has led to a dramatic increase in costs for companies. The interruption of supply chains often causes production downtimes in industry. Despite all the harmonisation of laws that has taken place in the last 20 to 30 years, especially in the European legal sphere, this issue has remained untouched by efforts at legal standardisation. The reason for this was apparently a lack of topicality. Therefore, with this article, we provide an overview of how this topic is handled legally with regard to three key questions in the respective countries of our partner law firms.

02.02.2022 - New year, new office – Schindhelm Paris moves to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

At the beginning of the new year, Schindhelm attorneys at law Maurice Hartman and Philippe C. Bastian are opening their new office in a top location - 1 Faubourg Saint Honoré in the 8th arrondissement - next to the prestigious Rue Royale.

01.01.2022 - Force Majeure and loss of the basis for business in France

The following applies to contracts that came into force after 01/10/2016: If a change in circumstances that could not have been foreseen when concluding the contract makes it excessively costly for one of the parties to fulfil its contractual obligations, the party that has not voluntarily assumed this economic risk may require its contractual partner to renegotiate the contract. For contracts concluded before 01/10/2016, the rule described above and introduced by the 2016 reform of French contract law does not apply. A claim for adjustment or renegotiation of the contractual provisions exists in these contracts only if the contract contains a provision that expressly provides for a contractual adjustment.

19.10.2020 - New office location of the Schindhelm Alliance in Paris

We are pleased to announce that SCWP Schindhelm Services SE, Alliance of European Commercial Law Firms, has opened a new office in Paris. Our 230 lawyers at 29 locations in 14 countries will thus support you with international  competence, commitment and valuable local experience in every one of your projects.

22.11.2018 - Turkey: The decree to protect the value of the Turkish currency – limitation of foreign currency and foreign currency indexed contracts

The presidential decree no. 32 issued on 12/09/2018 to protect the value of the Turkish cur-rency ("Decree") sets the limitation of foreign currency and foreign currency indexed contracts and stipulates that these contracts must be converted within 30 days into Turkish Lira (“TL”).

28.06.2018 - Belgium: Fairness and transparency in online trading

Online platforms and search engines dominate Internet trading. Unilateral business conditions, non-transparent algorithms and rankings are unfortunately not uncommon.