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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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Corporate M&A veteran launches boutique

Former Macfarlanes partner Robert Ogilvy-Watson has launched his own boutique to advise on situations involving UK-listed companies. Ogilvy-Watson departed Macfarlanes at the beginning of the year, having joined just two years previously from Ashurst to bulk up its public M&A offering. The corporate veteran spent over two decades at Ashurst, including six years as the firm’s […]

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AEG Europe GC resurfaces in new role

The former VP and general counsel of AEG Europe, which owns UK venues such as the O2 and Wembley, has taken on a new position one year after leaving the business. Chris Kangis, who departed from the sports and entertainment company and worked as a consultant from March 2020, will become general counsel of shared […]

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