Germany: The lawyers at the forefront of automotive change

The automotive industry has long been one of the main drivers of the German economy, but following the diesel scandals and amid climate change challenges, the industry is evolving. The Lawyer spoke to those working at the heart of the change

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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 […]

Penningtons Manches Cooper records modest growth in pre-merger year

  Penningtons Manches Cooper’s revenue has risen to nearly £80m while profits have taken a hit, in the firm’s second year as a member of the UK top 50. Over 2018/19, the firm saw slower growth compared to its previous two financial years, when both revenue and profit saw double-digit growth. Revenue rose 4.5 per […]

HSF bids farewell to Berlin after strategy review

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is set to shut down its Berlin office before the end of the year after a consultation exercise around its Continental Europe strategy. The closure of the office in the German capital, which houses 10 lawyers, four trainees and five business services staff, will not affect existing premises in Frankfurt and […]

From hub to lab: Freshfields goes digital in Berlin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched its first digital solutions lab in Berlin, the latest step in building a network of innovation units across its global footprint. The lab, located in the Factory co-working space nested in the Görlitzer Park area, will be led by the firm’s German real estate and litigation counsels Gerrit Beckhaus and […]

Freshfields picks WeWork as interim location for Berlin tech hub

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is in the final stages of launching officially its legal and technology venture in Berlin, with WeWork acting as an interim base for the project, The Lawyer understands. Lawyers and members of staff have started to use the co-working space, while the firm prepares for permanent rooms to be available in its existing Berlin office. […]

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