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LMI analysis: Accenture

Reaping the rewards of a diversification strategy and the will to invest, Accenture boasted record revenue of $31bn (£24bn) in 2015, an 11 per cent increase on the previous year. The global consultancy, technology services and outsourcing giant also delivered new bookings of $34.4bn and returned $3.8bn to its shareholders. This strong performance continued into 2016 and, after raising its full-year revenue forecast following a successful Q1, there seems no stopping the Dublin-headquartered company.

Star legal writers: company and commercial

This week’s briefings include tips on in absentia signing powers for a holiday free from office interruptions, and six reasons why companies must master the new EU data protections rules

Howard Ricklow, partner, Collyer Bristow

Star legal writers: Company/commercial

Beware loopholes in instant dismissal and contractual T&Cs, find out key features of the Singapore International Commercial Court, and the progress being made for whistleblowers – just some of this week’s top briefings coverage from the company/commercial sector.

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Star legal writers in company and commercial

This week we have scrutinised the popular briefings section on TheLawyer.com to bring you the most-read legal writers in commercial and excerpts from their articles. Read on for the dos and don’ts of business negotiation, the importance of strong ethics in GCs and more… 1. Ruth Griffin, principal associate, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co – […]

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Italy: Diversity strategy

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue In July 2012 Italian lawyers from Orsingher Ortu watched in disbelief as three big deals all fell through in the space of a week. Mario Ortu, head of Orsingher Ortu’s corporate and M&A group, witnessed the effect […]

Featured Briefings

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 […]

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…

Reform of the Portuguese pricing and reimbursement system

By Edward J. Dougherty Following a recent reform in 2015, the Portuguese pricing and reimbursement system is sophisticated and comprehensive. Nevertheless, substantial discretion is allowed to the competent national authority, and this is the source of most challenges for innovators…

International franchisors expanding in the UAE

By Vanessa Delnaud The Middle East’s buzzing commercial platform is attracting more and more international businesses in a wide variety of sectors. The business­friendly environment and the international consumer base make the franchise model especially attractive in the region. The franchising model is very popular in the UAE, in particular in the retail, food and beverage, […]

Austria: The DPA’s strict view on retention periods

At the end of July, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (‘DPA’) published its first decision on retention periods applying the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’; DSB-D216.471/0001-DSB/2018). The decision is final. The DPA had to decide for which period a provider of telecommunications services (hereinafter: the ‘controller’) may (respectively must) retain so-called master data, required for […]

Switzerland maintains its globally leading position in international arbitration

By Michael Feit Switzerland has a long-standing tradition to serve as the seat for international disputes. Thanks to its very arbitration friendly legal framework, and overall encouraging factors such as Switzerland’s neutrality, stability and business-friendly environment, Switzerland has remained a top choice for international arbitration for parties from all over the world…

CEE: Keeping track of data processing

By Gelu Maravela and Daniel Alexie Depending on the size of the operator, the frequency of processing activities, and the character of the data that is processed, keeping records of all processing activity should be deemed necessary for a considerable number of operators. From our point of view, only operators that process personal data in […]

Kazakhstan introduces new ‘Squeeze-Out’ mechanism for major shareholders

On 2 July 2018, Kazakhstan adopted the Law No. 166­VI “On amendments and changes to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Insurance and Insurance Activities, the Securities Market” (the “Law”). The Law entered into force on 15 July 2018 (with the exception of certain provisions, which will come into force later). Among […]

Amendments to the Hungarian Data Protection Act

By Dorottya Gindl The Hungarian Parliament has recently adopted legislation with the aim of harmonising the national data protection rules with the rules of the GDPR, and supplementing the national rules in areas not regulated by the GDPR. The Parliament adopted Act XXXVIII of 2018 (“Amendment“) in an extraordinary session and the new regulations entered […]

Changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief: What do you need to know?

By Mark Braude A significant and welcome change to the Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) rules was announced in the Finance Bill 2019 last month. It is aimed at shareholders who would otherwise lose their entitlement to ER as a result of being diluted below the 5% required shareholding…

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