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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts be relied on?

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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DLA loses sports star to Addleshaws

Addleshaw Booth & Co has poached DLA’s sport business group head Andrew Price Price has forged a strong reputation for sports law advice on the back of a string of high-profile securitisations for football clubs. He was director of legal affairs at Newcastle United before joining DLA and advised it on what was the first […]

The direct approach

If directors think they can desert their sinking ship they should think again. The authorities are clamping down and are prepared to use force. Barry O’Neill reports IRELAND’S Company Law Enforcement Act 2001 introduced new and far-reaching powers to arrest directors of insolvent companies. The act, which came into force on 1 June 2002, replaced […]

Court steps in as Enron fees spiral

Lawyers’ fees related to the Enron Chapter 11 reorganisation are continuing to snowball, sparking fears of dwindling returns to disgruntled creditors The latest tally shows that the cost of the 23 firms acting for Enron and unsecured creditors has now reached $174m (£110.8m). The running total of professional fees on Enron is $237m (£150.9m). Enron’s […]

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