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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

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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The head of Hogan Lovells’ London real estate litigation team has been put forward as the firm’s sole chair, with partners expected to vote on the appointment next week. The board recommended board member Nicholas Cheffings to the firm’s partners last week. If his appointment is confirmed by partners he will replace incumbent co-chairs John […]

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A&O and Herbies lead on major software merger

Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith and Swiss firm Homburger have won lead roles on the proposed £2bn merger of Misys and Temenos, two major European banking software companies. A&O corporate partner George Knighton advised longstanding client Misys on the deal, for which the parties have reached an agreement. Herbert Smith partner Will Pearce advised […]

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Nabarro’s new Spanish ally Roca Junyent has bolted on a 12-lawyer firm in Madrid, strengthening its team across several practice areas. The addition of the team from local firm Vía Abogados sees executive partners José Luis Yus Respaldiza and Miguel Ángel Martínez Conde join Roca Junyent as partners. Yus Respaldiza is an insolvency partner while […]

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