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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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Smaller firms feel the pinch as legal giants gain ground

Smaller firms in London and the regions are losing public listed clients to the largest national and City firms, according to a survey by business directory The Quarterly Review. The directory lists all plcs based in the North and Midlands and their principal legal advisers. Its table (below) shows the net changes in the number […]

Leading US firms in search of UK suitors

Leading firms in Washington DC and New York have put themselves up for sale with an eye to attract UK firms in a “merger of equals”, states a Washington-based legal search firm. Klein Landau & Romm’s Garry Klein said two profitable Washington DC practices had entered the market after their senior partners conducted a review […]

Financing

Project finance partner Stephen McGairl of Freshfields advised lenders including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the $348m financing of the first phase of the development of the hydrocarbon reserves around Sakhalin Island in the Russian Federation. The project company, The Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, was advised by partners Peter O’Driscoll and John […]

Andersens chose Wilde Sapte over rival Simmons' bid

Simmons & Simmons’ failure to link with Arthur Andersen was the result of losing a beauty contest with Wilde Sapte, it has emerged. It had been thought that Simmons had decided not to be taken over by Arthur Andersen. However, The Lawyer has learnt that Andersens had been conducting talks in parallel with both Wilde […]

Waiting with bated breath for a popular reform

Lawyers are hoping for a public interest fund with real teeth that will boost the reach of publicly funded justice, writes Elizabeth Davidson THE general thrust of the Government’s plans for the reform of legal aid has been met with a chorus of disapproval from the legal profession. There is, however, one promised reform the […]

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