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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

A new duty of care for financial services firms?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a new consumer protection duty of care for financial services firms.  Walker Morris Banking and Finance Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain.

GDPR compliance in the Benelux: let the controls begin

The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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Axa reshapes legal department

AXA has revamped its in-house department following the departure of group general counsel Noleen John to Norton Rose. Edward Davis, who had been co-head of Axa UK’s legal department with John, has been appointed as group general counsel. Emily Coupland, who was a senior member of the legal department, has been promoted to become Davis’s […]

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Herbies bags Oracle CFO for new COO role

Herbert Smith has raided software company Oracle for a new chief operating officer (COO). The firm has hired Norman Green, Oracle’s chief financial officer for the UK, Ireland and South Africa as COO. Prior to joining Oracle Green was finance director at Arthur Andersen. Green’s remuneration package is believed to include an annual salary of […]

BCM sparks lockstep review

Dublin mid-sizer BCM Hanby Wallace has kicked off a review of its lockstep in an attempt to introduce more flexibility. The 29-partner firm operates a 10-year modified lockstep for its 12 equity partners, which includes a 10 per cent merit element awarded at the discretion of the managing partner. Partners enter equity on 40 points, […]

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Ottakar’s MBO scuppered as Simmons client HMV takes leadSimmons & Simmons has backed the likely winner in the battle for bookstore chain Ottakar’s after client HMV Group made a formal takeover bid. HMV, which owns rival chain Waterstone’s, has put forward a £96.4m takeover proposal, which looks likely to scupper an earlier management buyout (MBO) […]

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