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Legal Focus

JUNE 2012

this month’s Legal Focus is as in-depth as ever, covering a wide range of major practice areas and issues, from mergers and acquisitions and transfer pricing to pharmaceutical patents and disputes in the energy sector. this feature reflects the news of the legal world, and there has certainly been plenty keeping the world’s legal news rooms busy over recent weeks. Many of the stories below are explored further within the following interviews and features with expert lawyers from across the world, as well as related issues from their specific jurisdictions and comment on the other legal implications that many of these major stories uncover. We hope you enjoy this edition of Legal Focus.

Energy disputes

Ongoing uncertainty and turbulence within the energy industry has led to a significant rise in disputes over the past year. One of the most high profile cases within this field is the ongoing case involving Chevron and the highly publicised oil spill. This is still ongoing with several developments per month.

M&a: India

In response to the recent decision by the Indian Supreme Court to rule in favour of Vodafone, allowing it to escape a tax bill of $2 billion from the deal it struck in 2007 to enter India, the Indian government has now proposed changes to amend its tax law. If enacted, the government will effectively be able to tax all deals done by foreign entities involving assets located in India since 1962, dealing a major blow to foreign investors in the country.

also, in Legal Focus… www.lawyer-monthly.com

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