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Independent Community Pharmacist magazine article - November 2016

AIM High - Issue 15

Even prior to the Brexit vote 2016 was a challenging year for IPO activity. This does not mean that companies considering an IPO should simply wait until the conditions improve.
 
It is likely that an already volatile market, which has seen a number of IPOs, such as Pure Gym, being pulled or only getting away with reduced valuations, will take further time to settle as participants try to interpret the consequences of the Brexit and US presidential votes.
 

AIM High - Issue 15

AIM companies should start to fully embrace the benefits offered by increased board diversity. It helps to avoid group think, and a variety of viewpoints can help to drive commercial competitiveness.
 
If quoted companies do not address this corporate governance weakness, changes to governance codes are likely to be forthcoming. The current focus remains board composition, and it is a hot topic. 
 

AIM High - Issue 15

On 21 October 2016, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published its Corporate Reporting Annual Review for 2015/2016 based on the reports and accounts of listed companies for the year to 31 March 2016. 
 

AIM High - Issue 15

The number of companies on AIM dropped to 995 in October, the first time that it has fallen below 1,000 since November 2004. This is not necessarily a positive development for AIM, but the potential downside in part contributes to the continuing increase in the average market cap of AIM companies. 
 
Public Procurement contracts

Public Procurement Law Update

Newly published Crown Commercial Service (CSS) guidance encourages contracting authorities to incorporate social, ethical and environmental considerations into various stages of their procurement processes, as permitted by provisions already in place in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR2015).

1.   Social Tenderers

Procurement Law - Case law developments

Public Procurement Law Update

  • Development agreement guidance

 Faraday v West Berkshire Council [2016] EWHC 2166 (Admin)

This case provides useful guidance as to when development agreements may fall outside the parameters of the PCR 2015. Faraday opposed the award of a development agreement to the successful bidder and applied for judicial review on the basis that the Council had failed to comply with the PCR 2015. Faraday’s challenge was dismissed.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has estimated in a recent report that the manufacture and wholesale supply of counterfeit medicines incurs a direct cost to the EU pharmaceutical sector of:

Insight - Commercial Law Update - Issue 9

A recent spat between Tesco and Unilever regarding the sale price of Unilever goods has left consumers wondering exactly who sets the price for their favourite brands.

Insight - Commercial Law Update - Issue 9

Hayley Morgan, our Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Intellectual Property Executive, attended the Association of European Lawyers (AEL) Intellectual Property Group’s recent meeting in Madrid on 20-21 October. The event was hosed by Spanish law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and was attended by 15 colleagues from across Europe including Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.

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