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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 be relied on?

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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Houston managing partner Sean Gorman is the latest lawyer to walk out of New York law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, taking three of the firm’s litigation associates with him. Gorman, who handles high-risk business disputes, has joined local litigation boutique Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing (AZA) as a partner. On the firm’s website, Gorman […]

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Former Herbert Smith chief Gold leads cash-for-dinners inquiry

Former Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold has been appointed to lead an inquiry into the Conservative funding row, after the party’s co-treasurer was filmed offering private dinners with the Prime Minister in return for cash. Lord Gold has been placed in charge of the inquiry after the Sunday Times caught Peter Cruddas claiming that […]

Clifford Chance and Linklaters lead as Game Group eyes administration

Clifford Chance and Linklaters are advising on talks between Game Group and its lenders, with the company today announcing its intention to file for administration. Linklaters, meanwhile, is understood to be in line to pick up the role for the administrator when Game appoints one shortly. Clifford Chance restructuring partner Iain White is leading for […]

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Number crunching: Skadden

Data on US firms advising a UK target has highlighted the marked trend towards lower deal volumes since the zenith of 2007, with the occasional higher value matter thrown in. According to figures from Thomson Reuters taken from 2007 to the tail-end of 2011, US deals machine Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has been […]

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