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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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Breaking: Freshfields to pay €50m in tax dispute with insolvent German bank

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has paid a €50m settlement to the administrators of an insolvent German bank, which was represented by Linklaters. Maple Bank’s liquidators CMS Hasche Sigle sued Freshfields in Frankfurt for €95m for its advice on so-called ‘cum-ex’-deals. The firm advised the bank in controversial share-swapping schemes that allegedly allowed investors to reclaim billions […]

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A&O and Freshfields lead on AB InBev’s latest billion-dollar disposal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy have landed advisory roles on the sale of AB InBev’s Australian business to fellow brewing giant Asahi. Freshfields partners Alison Smith and Bruce Embley advised AB InBev on the corporate aspects of the sale of Carlton & United, its Australian business unit, to Japanese brewer Asahi for a […]

A&O loses long-term litigator to Baker McKenzie

Allen & Overy litigation partner Marc Florent has left for Baker McKenzie, one week after the magic circle firm lost another long-term partner. Florent joined A&O as an associate from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2000 and was made partner two years later. The litigator headed the firm’s UK insolvency litigation practice where he covered the […]

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