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Visa’s Acquisition of Plaid – Who Benefits Most?

Now that the deal, announced at the beginning of the year, has finally been cleared, what do Plaid and Visa stand to gain from it? Simon De Broise examines the likely impact of the acquisition on the two companies and the financial sector as a whole.

Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”

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A Hogan Lovells partner has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for failing to inform the regulator of a dispute he had with an employee last year. Finance partner Sylvain Dhennin was fined £18,000 last year by an employment judge after dismissing his pregnant nanny. Dhennin gave Saesi Muslipah one week’s notice and […]

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HSF faces SRA scrutiny after claims of aggressive behaviour

A complaint has been made to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which alleges lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills were “aggressive and intimidating” in a sexual harassment case brought against the firm’s client. Earlier this year, Nathalie Abildgaard, represented by Fox Williams, took Australian fund manager IFM Investors to court, claiming she had been harassed by one […]

SRA bars ex-Ropes & Gray trainee for “lack of integrity”

A former trainee of Ropes & Gray’s City office has been fined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and barred from practice for breaching two principles of the regulator’s code. Louise Bolderstone was found by the SRA to have printed a share certificate, traced the client’s signature onto it, and sent it to a third […]

The 60 second interview: Mills & Reeve’s CEO on acceptable work life balance

Mills & Reeve’s managing partner Claire Clarke speaks to The Lawyer ahead of her panel discussion at the Business Leadership Summit, addressing the distinctions between the ‘then’ and ‘now’ lawyers.  What do you think the solution is to the ‘talent crisis’ the industry is currently experiencing? First, it’s important to try to understand some of the causes of […]

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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

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