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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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LeBoeuf snaps up Weil Gotshal man

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is taking on projects finance partner Bruce Johnston from Weil Gotshal & Manges following the latter’s decision to close its London project finance practice.Johnston, who was head of international project finance at Weil Gotshal, will head up the project finance team at LeBoeuf. He will take between three and five […]

Beachcrofts launches financial consultancy

National firm Beachcroft Wansbroughs has diversified into financial consultancy. Its new business, Beachcroft Wansbroughs Consulting, will be launched at the beginning of July.The new company will be led by former Financial Services Authority (FSA) personnel Richard Hobbs and Oliver Lodge and is primed to provide regulatory advice to a host of financial services companies, including […]

Deloittes to merge with Andersen Legal Italy

The Italian practice of the now defunct Andersen Legal is finalising plans to merge with Deloitte & Touche.The plan breaks with Deloittes’ policy not to have its own legal capability. In the UK, Andersen Legal was left out in the cold when the accounting and consultancy arms of Andersen UK secured their life-saving deals with […]

EC wants company law to go electronic

A REFORM of European company law legislation has been formally proposed by the European Commission (EC) to ease the filing of company documents and registrations via electronic communications.The aim of the tabled changes to the EU’s First Company Law Directive, according to an EC statement, is to make company information more easily and rapidly available […]

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