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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.


Ten firms win spots on BNP Paribas’s revamped global panel

BNP Paribas has revamped its roster of external advisers with 10 firms understood to have made the grade.  Allen & Overy (A&O), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Norton Rose and White & Case are all understood to have made the cut. A […]

Georges Dirani

Herbies’ Paris finance head joins BNP Paribas as global GC

The head of Herbert Smith’s international banking and finance practice in Paris has been appointed global general counsel of BNP Paribas. Georges Dirani who was also the firm’s office managing partner between 2002 and 2004, joined Herbert Smith in 2000 after a spell at Linklaters. He will leave the firm in May and take up […]

BNP Paribas appoints North American legal chief

BNP Paribas has appointed a new general counsel for North America. Betty Whelchel joins BNP Paribas following spells as global counsel at Deutsche Asset Management and a period at Shearman & Sterling in Tokyo. Whelchel will report to Hubert de Vauplane, global head of corporate and investment banking legal, and Everett Schenk, CEO of corporate […]

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