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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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A pair of French lawyers has launched a new technology, media and telecommunications boutique. Olivier de Baecque, formerly a lawyer at Salans and Veil Jourde, and film and television specialist Sophie Borowsky launched Borowsky & De Baecque last month (October). Borowsky described her expertise as complementary to de Baecque’s focus on advising fashion designers, artists, […]

DLA Piper joins PwC to aid disadvantaged school kids in New York

DLA Piper joins PwC to aid disadvantaged school kids in New York” />DLA Piper’s New York office has launched a pro bono project in the city, working with other activist legal groups for a government organisation to help improve facilities and access for the city’s pre-school and primary students from low-income areas. DLA Piper has […]

Brothers set to head rival US firms

Alston & Bird has announced its new managing partner more than a year in advance of his appointment. Richard Hays, brother of Robert Hays, the chairman of rival Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding, will succeed incumbent Ben Johnson when Johnson steps down in 2008. Johnson, 63, is obliged to retire by firm policy, which dictates […]

Half-year results point to record year for UK firms

UK firms are reporting record figures at the half-year point, with double-digit rises in revenue predicted for the end of the financial year. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Ashurst lead the way, with revenue rising by nearly 25 per cent at Freshfields, from £380m during the same period last year to around £470m during the first […]

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