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Detailed country reports on agency distribution and franchising law prepared by highly qualified country experts

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Arbitral Cases

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More than 550 references to articles and books on international distribution

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Model contracts on commercial agency and distributorship

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U.S.A.: Franchise Anti-poaching Agreements Under Attack in U.S.

USA, 17 September 2018
For more than 40 years, many franchisors have used provisions in their franchise agreements that prohibit franchisees from recruiting or hiring employees of other franchisees of the franchisor or of the franchisor itself.

UK: Colin Ali, Melanie Davis, Owain Golding, Ian Mcgreavy v Abbeyfield VE Limited [2018] EWHC 669 (Ch), 2018 WL 01509193.

UK, 17 September 2018
Four ex Vision Express optician franchisees brought proceedings against Vision Express claiming that they had been induced to enter into their franchise agreements (which, in the case of Vision Express, take the form of joint venture agreements) on the basis of incorrect information provided to them by a Vision Express employee.

ARGENTINA: Extension of bankruptcy of franchisor to franchisees.

ARGENTINA, 17 September 2018
In march of this year the Argentine Commercial Court of Appeals extended the effects of a bankruptcy to franchisees based on the evidence that there existe patrimonial confusion of the involved companies to the detriment of creditors, as allowed under our bankruptcy law.

INDIA: Significant Amendment to Anti – Corruption Regulations; Commercial Bribery made an offence.

INDIA, 17 September 2018
The Government of India has passed the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018 (“ Amendment ”) amending the current Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (“ Act ”), the primary anti-corruption statute in India. One of the major changes to the Act is the recognition of commercial organizations along with criminalizing bribery by commercial organisations in India.