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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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MoFo to hire second Reed Smith partner for City real estate venture

Morrison & Foerster is set to recruit another partner from Reed Smith to help with the launch of its London real estate practice, The Lawyer understands. Private equity real estate partner Luke Mines will join partner Oliver s’Jacob at MoFo as the firm’s first two City real estate lawyers. s’Jacob’s move was announced last week. The […]

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MoFo launches first London real estate practice with Reed Smith hire

Reed Smith’s head of private equity real estate, Oliver s’Jacob has left to join US counterpart Morrison & Foerster as its first real estate partner in London. s’Jacob becomes MoFo’s first and only real estate partner in London, following on from the arrival in late 2017 of partner Florian Ehrich, who joined to build out the real […]

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Reed Smith prioritises the US in firm’s largest-ever promotions round

Reed Smith has announced its largest-ever round of promotions, in a move that beefs up its US offices with 30 new partners out of 43 globally. The latest string of promotions outnumber last year‘s figures, when the firm promoted 23 partners worldwide. The largest proportion of the promotions this year went to the US (30), […]

Reed Smith shared harassment victim’s personal info in investigation blunder

As part of the probe into the sexual harassment allegations against a partner, Reed Smith breached an alleged victim’s will to stay anonymous by sharing personal information about her with the Solicitor Regulations Authority. The news follow the revelation last week that a partner was dismissed by the firm over a sexual harassment incident involving […]

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Reed Smith dismisses partner over sexual harassment incident

Just a month after Clyde & Co made the same move, Reed Smith has become the latest firm to dismiss a partner after allegations surfaced of sexual harassment. The incident involving a London-based partner happened “over a year ago”, a source within the firm told The Lawyer. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour are understood to have […]

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