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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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Just a week before his scheduled move to Essex Court Chambers, Allen & Overy arbitration partner Matthew Gearing QC has opted to join another magic circle set. Gearing QC is to join Fountain Court from next month. This turnaround is a consequence of the sanctions imposed on Essex Court by China, which prevents any of […]

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Mishcon set to list this year

Mishcon de Reya will list on the London Stock Exchange later this year, despite shelving plans for an IPO over 12 months ago. The firm said its partners had now voted ‘overwhelmingly’ in favour of exploring a premium listing. JP Morgan has been appointed by Mishcon as its financial advisor while the firm is exploring […]

AXA GC passes on the baton after 20 years

AXA UK & Ireland has appointed a new general counsel. Emily Coupland succeeds Edward Davis, who retires at the end of the month after two decades at the business. Coupland is appointed to the GC role from AXA Partners, where she held the position of general secretary for five years. Prior to this, Coupland spent […]

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