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Build Back Greener? Environmental policies post COVID-19

Published on 27 November 2020. By Sarah Herniman, Trainee Solicitor

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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus and the difficult year that has ensued, many have pointed to the environment as a potential silver lining.

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Wheeling and Dealing: how e-scooters could spin opportunities for insurers

Published on 14 July 2020. By Sharona Zovich, Trainee Solicitor

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E-scooters, or "Personal Light Electric Vehicles," have become increasingly popular on a global scale over recent years.

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"Always look on the bright side of life" - even when life has been turned upside down

Published on 10 June 2020. By Ela Broderick-Basar, Trainee Solicitor

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Seeing the coronavirus in a positive light

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Catastrophe bonds: a storm in a teacup or a floody good opportunity?

Published on 18 May 2020. By Hannah Ridzuan-Allen, Associate

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Catastrophe bonds are a type of insurance-linked security. They offer an alternative to reinsurance policies and allow insurers and reinsurers to offload a proportion of their risk. As the name suggests, they are often triggered by damage that an insured suffers as a result of a natural catastrophe such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood, but can also be designed to respond to events such as a pandemic.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Published on 17 April 2020. By Poppy St John, Trainee Solicitor

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Is a 'right to disconnect' a productive workplace policy?

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Trainees Take on 2020

Published on 27 February 2020. By Elizabeth Zang, Trainee Solicitor and Georgia Durham, Trainee Solicitor and Hannah Ridzuan-Allen, Associate and Matt Davies, Trainee Solicitor and Poppy St John, Trainee Solicitor and Sean Cannon, Associate

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RPC's trainees had mixed fortunes in attempting to predict the major events of 2019. As can be seen from our 2019 predictions blog, Theresa May's departure was correctly predicted, but the trainees were well wide of the mark in forecasting Beto O'Rourke as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for the US Presidency: Beto suspended his campaign on November 1 2019, a full four months before primary season. No one foresaw the UK's first December general election since 1923 either, which is perhaps more forgivable.

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Coronavirus and its damage to the health of businesses

Published on 21 February 2020.

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Coronavirus (nCoV) has dominated the headlines since the first case was confirmed on 19 January 2020. The virus has spread to every region in mainland China. Cases have also been reported in Australia, France, the US, the UK and Japan, among other countries. As the death toll continues to rise and scientists work under pressure to create a vaccine, it is evident that the world is facing a health crisis. But what about the impact it is having on business?

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Between a rock and a card place - the changing nature of professional introductions

Published on 04 February 2020. By Matt Davies, Trainee Solicitor

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To what extent is the humble business card being affected by changes in how professional introductions are made? With details of our professional lives now often available online, there are fewer opportunities to introduce ourselves through our business cards

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Unpacking Christmas Ads: A British Retailer's Christmas Miracle?

Published on 20 December 2019. By Lucy Baughan, Associate

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This blog discusses what makes Christmas ads "successful" both through the eyes of the public at large and from the perspective of the British retailers themselves. In some cases, popular Christmas ads lead to an increase in sales over the festive period. However, as some retailers have experienced, festive ads are not always a retailer's Christmas miracle and come with their own limitations.

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Does workplace recycling deserve to be binned?

Published on 29 November 2019. By Hannah Ridzuan-Allen, Associate

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It has been a big year for action on climate change - from Greta Thunberg's impassioned speech at the UN, to the Extinction Rebellion's pink yacht, which blockaded Oxford Circus. In a number of ways the British public are making greater efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Over the past two decades, the rate of household recycling has risen from 11% in 2000 to 45.2% in 2017/18.

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Equine law - not just horsing around

Published on 14 October 2019. By Flavia Croce Michon Pecori, Associate

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Equine law as a practice area has become increasingly prominent, with a growing number of legal issues requiring firms to skill-up; but is there a clear definition of what 'equine law' is?

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Is it time for a three day weekend?

Published on 17 July 2019.

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Reducing the number of days in work was an idea first explored by John Maynard Keynes in 1930 when he predicted that in the next 100 years the working week would only be 15 hours. Whilst his prediction has yet to come to fruition, an increasing number of businesses are switching to a four day week in light of claims of increased productivity and staff happiness.

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Sleeping on the job

09 April 2019

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Given an increasing interest in wellness, sleep is a hot topic for both individuals and businesses. With sleep-related productivity issues estimated as costing the UK economy up to £40 billion, this article takes a look at the impact that sleep has on businesses – as well as the opportunities that it presents.

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Roma wasn't built in a day; how Netflix conquered the Oscars

Published on 05 March 2019.

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In 2017, at the Cannes Film Festival, the film 'Okja' was debuted. It was produced by Brad Pitt's production company 'Plan B' and starred Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. It also featured a giant CGI pig, whose capture and treatment raised issues on animal welfare, and whose - spoiler alert – rescue, made the hairs on the back of one's neck stand up.

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Who was best dressed at the Oscars?

27 February 2019

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Always popular, often outrageous, and unfortunately sometimes sexist; the best and worst dressed lists have been must-have articles for publishers around award season since 1940. But does success or failure on these lists have any impact on the brand of the celebrity, or the designer?

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When does an Oscar speech become defamatory?

Published on 18 February 2019. By Harry Collins, Associate

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In recent years, it has become the norm for presenters and winners alike at the Oscars to use their stage time to make political statements. However, politics at the Oscars has not always been so accepted. We take a look here at the shifting attitude of the Academy towards politically-charged speeches, and whether they may cross the legal line into defamation.

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Can you sell an Oscar?

Published on 08 February 2019. By Lucy Baughan, Associate

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An Academy Award (an Oscar) is one of the most prestigious accolades which a person in the film industry can receive. The awards symbolise tradition, exceptional quality and exclusiveness. Leaving the film reviews to the Academy itself, we focus on what is behind the Oscars brand: what the brand stands for and the steps the Academy has taken to protect the brand's integrity.

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Hyper-Personalisation: the brands who want to know your name

Published on 04 February 2019. By Amber Oldershaw, Associate

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In a modern day society widely dubbed as 'The Digital Age', corporations must compete like never before to capture a fluid market seeking instant gratification.

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Look to the future: Trainees take on 2019

25 January 2019

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The trainees didn't fare too badly with their 2018 predictions. They doubted England's ability to make it past the group stages of the World Cup, but foresaw how Brexit would dominate the news agenda. They over-optimistically predicted the introduction of automated bundling, but came very close on the value of Bitcoin. Read on to see this year's predictions.

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Trainees took on 2018: did we predict the unpredictable?

16 January 2019

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2018 certainly will not be forgotten in a hurry, and what a year it was. Brexit negotiations dominated headlines, Theresa May's 'Dancing Queen' routine went viral, and England made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup! No, we didn't predict that either.

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NDAs: Not done with after all?

Published on 08 January 2019. By Alice Tittensor, Associate

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Non-Disclosure Agreements are currently under significant scrutiny following various public scandals in which they have been used to silence employees who were allegedly subjected to harassment by their employers. In light of this recent controversy, this article explores the current debate surrounding NDAs.

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Speech is golden

Published on 05 November 2018. By Ben Harris, Associate

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With voice shopping projected to rise to £3.5 billion in UK sales by 2022, we consider how smart speakers are making waves and breaking barriers in the retail sector.

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Meet your new loss adjustor: the drone

Published on 10 October 2018. By Leah Wood, Associate

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Listed by Lloyd's in 2016 as an 'emerging risk', drones have caught insurers' attention in the last few years. However, the potential benefits for the industry go further than the new capital received from premiums.

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The Retail empire strikes back

Published on 29 August 2018. By Alex Farrow, Associate

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Like Rocky in Rocky I, II, III, IV, V and "Rocky Balboa" (yes, there were really that many) the retail sector has taken a bit of a battering of late. However, like any prize fighter, the industry could be on the verge of another evolution and fighting back. The general perception is that traditional bricks and mortar retailers have struggled, those with a strong online offering have fared better, but retailers that have fared best are those dominating the online retail space. With so many traditional stores and household names in trouble, why are businesses still investing in physical stores?

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Has Instagram made it cool to be sensible?

Published on 15 August 2018. By Samantha Thompson, Associate

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Recent studies suggest that teenage rebellion is a thing of the past. The post-millennial age group, a.k.a. 'Generation Sensible', is apparently more interested in studying and family-time than ever before. Social media has been cited as a contributing factor, as it reduces the need for face-to-face contact between friends. But has it had a more active role in this behavioural shift?

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Micro-investing: from small acorns…

25 July 2018

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With the number of card payments overtaking cash for the first time, spare a thought for the piggy-banks of the nation. Where once they were full to the brim with coppers, they now lie forgotten and unused. So what are people now doing with their spare change? Not investing, it would seem…

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Bike sharing: running green or running riot?

13 July 2018

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The two largest Chinese bike sharing companies, Ofo and Mobike, both started operation in the UK last year. Unlike the local schemes, their users are able to park the bikes at any appropriate location, rather than a designated parking dock. Though these "dockless" schemes emerged in a bid to promote a greener life, they have attracted increasing concern because of the environmental and economical hazards they create.

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Big Data in Insurance

11 June 2018

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Big data is creating change in the insurance industry both by leveraging historic insurance data and by using new data sources to create exciting new opportunities.

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A Royal comparison: who did it best?

Published on 24 May 2018. By Mafruhdha Miah, Associate

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Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have returned to London to begin their new lives as a Royal couple, we take a look back at how their wedding compared to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

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The ‘Meghan effect’: its impact on retailers

Published on 18 May 2018. By Emily Saffer, Associate

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The right people endorsing a brand can have a significant impact on its popularity. For example, brands that have been associated with Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have seen a huge surge in their profile.

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The "I dos" and don'ts of Royal marketing and merchandise

Published on 17 May 2018. By Anna Greco, Associate

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While most Royal subjects prepare the bunting and the sandwiches, many businesses will be looking for ways to capitalise on the hype and goodwill generated around the occasion. But how can brands ensure that they don't crash the wedding?

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Raise a glass to Harry and Meghan

16 May 2018

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Pub licensing hours across England and Wales will be extended on the weekend of the Royal wedding. This will undoubtedly provide a much needed boost to the British beer and pub sector. However, what has caused the traditional British pub's decline and how can the sector be turned around?

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A royal impact on the economy?

15 May 2018

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This week will see another Royal wedding when Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle. These celebrations arguably raise the international opinion of the UK, lift the national mood and lead to an influx of tourists. But how do events such as a Royal wedding actually impact the economy?

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Unlocking blockchain in the insurance industry

Published on 03 May 2018. By Harry Collins, Associate

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While many tout blockchain networks as being the biggest technological breakthrough of a generation, we take a look at whether the technology is ready to take the insurance industry by storm.

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A Virtual Reality Check

25 April 2018

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Article exploring the growth of virtual reality (VR) and the legal issues which are emerging including product liability, data and privacy risks, and the 'laws' of the virtual world as a jurisdiction in itself.

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Can the WTO assist British trade post-Brexit?

26 March 2018

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has been in the press recently perhaps more than it would like, with concerns being raised about whether its rules would be sufficient to maintain British trade in the event of a "hard Brexit". But what is the WTO, and how does it deal with disputes?

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Open Banking: a slow revolution?

05 March 2018

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The European Commission's Revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) was implemented on 13 January 2018, with little fanfare. However, the ideas that PSD2 seeks to promote look set to change the face of banking, both for service providers and for customers. Amongst other requirements, PSD2 obliges banks to allow authorised Account Information Service Providers (AISPs) and Payment Initiation Service Providers (PISPs) access to customer account data, where the customer has given both the bank and the AISP or PISP permission for them to do so.

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The Gig Economy: a Pressure Cooker of Problems

20 February 2018

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What do companies such as Deliveroo, Uber and Handy all have in common? They have all become hugely successful in the era of the gig economy. But what is the gig economy and what problems does the market face in today's society?

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ICOs in Hong Kong

13 February 2018

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We have all seen the rise in the price of Bitcoin in the last year, and may also be aware (at the very least) of the existence of ICOs. But what are ICOs? And what legal framework do they operate in? ICOs in Hong Kong.

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Trainees Take on 2018: can we predict the unpredictable?

Published on 08 February 2018. By Anna Greco, Associate and Leah Wood, Associate and Samantha Thompson, Associate

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Despite the rollercoaster that was 2017, our trainees did fairly well in predicting its twists and turns, including that Trump would continue without restraint on Twitter. In an attempt to continue our success, the trainees have submitted their predictions for 2018. Disclaimer: we failed to foresee the rise in Bitcoin last year (and therefore must continue to work), so please do not rely on the below for your investment advice! Read on to see our bets on Brexit, US Politics, the World Cup and 'automated bundling'!

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Trainees took on 2017: were they right?

30 January 2018

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Following RPC trainees' 2017 "predictions", our editors take a look back at the key trends and events over the last 12 months to determine whether the trainees were right!

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Big Data, big problems?

Published on 18 January 2018. By Ella Shanks, Associate

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Big Data is here to stay, whether we like it or not. It has transformed the way businesses operate and continues to streamline everyday life for individuals. However, Big Data has big implications for privacy; this blog considers the highs and lows of Big Data and what the law is doing to intervene.

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Trial by Social Media

18 December 2017

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In a society filled with instant news and where anyone with an internet connection can publish an opinion, is an objective unbiased jury still achievable?

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Trump calls out Chinese IP practices

29 November 2017

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Although Donald Trump implicitly calling Kim-Jong Un 'short and fat' might have stolen the headlines, the President's first official visit to Asia has also indicated that he is serious about his 'America First' policy, and protecting intellectual property.

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"Cash is king"? The rise of the "tap and go" cashless society

08 November 2017

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Blink and you'll miss it. In the age of increasing cashless payments and "tap and go" transactions, what are the consequences for businesses, consumers and society?

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Insurtech Jargon 101: What does it all mean?

01 October 2017

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"Insurtech" is a nebulous concept broadly referring to innovative technology in the insurance industry. Comments on insurtech are often littered with references to specific computing concepts which individually are pretty straight-forward. However, when used in conjunction with one another with no further explanation, insurtech jargon can sound much more complex than it really is. I explain some of the key terms below.

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Amazon and the $200billion Internet Economy in South East Asia

Published on 30 August 2017. By Sophie Tuson, Associate

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Amazon's launch in Singapore last month marks the internet giant's official entry into South East Asia. Sophie Tuson explores why the region, and Singapore in particular, provides such fertile ground for e-commerce businesses in search of growth.

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Lights, camera, legal action

Published on 07 August 2017. By Charlotte Thompson, Associate

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The law has proven a popular subject of television programmes for decades. Charlotte Thompson explores whether the drama of real life trials may soon reach the small screen.

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Food for thought

Published on 19 July 2017. By Emily Saffer, Associate

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With New Year's resolutions to eat better now long forgotten, we discuss some top tips to push that 4pm sugar slump and ensure ultimate concentration while at work.

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From Giant Swans to English Gentlemen: naming conventions for English law firms in China

05 July 2017

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May 2017 marked an important moment for RPC – our London and Hong Kong offices now operate as a single entity, boosting the firm's promotion of its brand in the Greater China area.

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