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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

A new duty of care for financial services firms?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a new consumer protection duty of care for financial services firms.  Walker Morris Banking and Finance Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain.

GDPR compliance in the Benelux: let the controls begin

The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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Hodgart and Edge merge with Canadian consultants

A new management consultancy firm has been launched by six principals of Edge International, independent UK consultant Alan Hodgart, and Canada-based Tim Leishman. Kerma Partners began work last week (Friday 1 December) and will offer advice in the UK, US, Canada and Germany to law firms, accountants, architects, banks and other professional services firms. The […]

CEO or no for Littleton?

Littleton Chambers is looking for a new chief executive. So far, so dull. However, the twist in the tale is that the incumbent, David Douglas, hasn’t actually resigned yet. A year ago, Douglas turned up at Littleton’s annual general meeting with a proposal. He suggested that the set started to look for someone to replace […]

MOP and Weil advise on biggest Irish deal ever

Dublin’s Matheson Ormsby Prentice (MOP) is celebrating winning a role on what is thought to be the biggest-ever cross-border acquisition by an Irish company. The $5bn purchase of US textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin and the related acquisition of Irish interactive educational software publisher Riverdeep by HM Rivergroup closed last week. The Irish firm won Riverdeep […]

United States

The UK and US are moving in tandem in many respects, not least in the way their respective financial regulators deal with potential threats to market stability. In the US, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is examining hedge funds and the Department of Justice is exploring whether anti-competitive behaviour exists among private equity houses. […]

Irwin Mitchell fights government’s age discrimination stance

Irwin Mitchell is facing the government in the High Court today (Wednesday 6 December) on behalf of people over 65 who want to carry on working. Partner Andrew Lockley is acting for Age Concern’s membership organisation for those in or near retirement, Heyday, which is challenging the government’s implementation of the European directive on equal […]

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