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How Latham muscled in on one of Slaughter and May’s oldest clients

The collapse of Thomas Cook last month took the 175-year-old holiday group away from two law firms that had been its loyal advisers for more than a decade; it is a road that has seen plenty of twists and turns. Slaughters’ relationship with the company goes back to at least 2007, when William Underhill, one […]


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The lawyer of the future is O Shaped

As the legal industry continues to innovate and disrupt at pace, the profession itself remains static, relying on technical excellence to try to maintain its monopoly on providing legal advice to an ever more demanding customer base. While customer-centric law companies are maximising the benefits of technological and operational advances, the profession continues to train […]

Brown Rudnick’s gallant attempt to interest the City might finally work

Cast your minds back to 2013 when a Leeds-headquartered clothing retailer named Republic fell into administration. With all the present dramas of the high street, you might be thinking, so what? But the parties involved are pertinent to last week’s hires between DLA Piper and Brown Rudnick. It turns out the world of restructuring isn’t […]


Bliss it is in this dawn to be alive: predictions for the next 10 years in the law

Since 2010, change has been gradual. Workplace cultures are largely more thoughtful and accepting than they were a decade ago, but the idea that the practice of law has been disrupted is laughable. Excuse me if I raise an eyebrow at managing partners getting excited about the elite consultancy model and diversity of professional experience […]


Election 2019: the B…usiness election

Whoever wins the General Election will need to overcome being seen as ‘anti-business’.  Both Labour and the Conservatives have serious work to do. The Conservative Party has always valued being perceived as the natural party of business and economic competence. While the Labour Party oversaw devaluations in the pound and could not stem the economic […]


Products or Presents? Can law firms monetise data?

Data is the new oil. The question facing law firms is whether they should sell it, give it away or use it to make themselves more efficient. How firms answer this question in the context of their market, as well as their effectiveness in matching investment to their strategic priorities, will be the difference between […]

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CAYLUX – Combined legal advice for fund finance transactions

By James Heinicke The Cayman Islands and Luxembourg are two of the world’s leading investment funds jurisdictions and as fund structures become more bespoke it is increasingly common to see fund structures that include Cayman and Luxembourg fund vehicles. Those lending to funds formed in Cayman and/or Luxembourg may wonder why investment managers use these […]

Structuring family office investments using Jersey private funds

By Emily Haithwaite, Josephine Howe Group partner Emily Haithwaite and partner Josephine Howe discuss Jersey private funds and what structures may be most appropriate for family office structures. Their article first appeared in HFM Jersey 2019 Special Report. Wealth is increasing exponentially among some of the world’s richest families, many of which have their own […]

Employee payments by hand

By Başak Kartal Bektimur I. INTRODUCTION First of all, please be informed that the payment of employees’ salaries, premiums, bonuses, indemnities and other receivables bears legal consequences on various fields of law. We kindly represent the consequences of issuing the related payments by hand (in person); which may cause both administrative sanctions against the employer […]

The buzz in Serbia: Interview with Petar Mitrovic

“There are no major movements between firms, or any new firms popping up. There have been some movements, some partners leaving their law offices and moving to the private sector, but nothing worth writing home about “, says Partner* Petar Mitrovic about the Serbian legal market. Mitrovic carries the tune when it comes to the […]

FSMA authorized EMMI for provision and administration of EONIA under EU BMR

The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) authorized the European Money Markets Institute on 11 November for the provision and administration of EONIA under Article 34 of the EU Benchmarks Regulation (EU BMR). “EMMI has provided the FSMA with comprehensive information attesting that all the necessary arrangements to meet the requirements in the EU […]

United States-Mexico-Canada agreement amendments

By Richard G. Dearden, Wendy J. Wagner, Hunter Fox On Dec. 10, 2019, Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico agreed to substantial amendments to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the trade agreement that is slated to replace the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canadian Deputy Prime Minister (former Foreign Affairs Minister) […]

Russia’s sovereign internet law comes into force

By Meldir Erbulekova Russia’s Law on Sovereign Internet, adopted in May 2019, came into force in November, amending an existing federal law on information, information technologies and the protection of information as well as a law on communications. The reasoning for adopting this law was to create a national network, which can operate independently in […]

Listing in London – A Discussion with mining journal

By Charles Bond Chris Cann: Hello and welcome to our London Stock Exchange special. My name is Chris Cann from Mining Journal. With me I have Charles Bond who is Partner and Head of Natural Resources with Gowling. I have Tom Attenborough who is Head of Business Development with the London Stock Exchange and Brad […]

Flexible generation and the UK funding landscape

By Gareth Baker John McNair: Hello I’m John McNair, Inspiratia’s Head of Content and welcome to another podcast from Inspiratia, this time on the topic of Flexible Generation and the UK Funding landscape. John: Flexible energy generation will play a crucial role in balancing a system with increasing amounts of intermittent renewable power. But the […]

Investing for the future, now: Delegation, sustainability and investor engagement

By Jason Coates, Suzanne Mortimer, Sarah Tate The Pensions Regulator has revised its 2017 guidance on investing for defined benefit pension schemes to take account of changes to the statutory environment. Trustees should ensure they are familiar with the new requirements set out in the Guidance, which includes changes taking effect this year. If your […]

Non-party cost orders: An inevitable consequence of funding litigation?

By Jonathon Milne, Sarah McLennan As has been widely reported, the litigation funding landscape in the Cayman Islands is changing to keep pace with the UK, Australia and other common law jurisdictions.1 The Caymanian judiciary acknowledge that provided adequate protections are in place, a funding arrangement can facilitate better access to justice and the Legislative […]

NAIC grants Bermuda reciprocal jurisdiction status, affecting (re)insurers’ requirements to post collateral

By Sophia Greaves, Charles G.R. Collis, Chris Garrod, Chiara T. Nannini The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has reaffirmed Bermuda as a Qualified Jurisdiction, ensuring continued efficiency in the cross-border operations of Bermuda (re)insurers in the US market. It has also designated the island a Reciprocal Jurisdiction effective from 1 January 2020, giving Bermuda […]

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