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Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

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Deacons breaks link with US firm Graham & James

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LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae’s Russian managing partner is being relocated to London and the firm is now searching for a successor. Corporate specialist Brian Zimbler, who became Russian managing partner in 1995, will begin the transition by splitting his time between Moscow and London before taking up a post as partner in the UK […]

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