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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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White & Case sets up real estate team

White & Case has become the latest US firm to launch a London-based real estate practice, hiring a partner from CMS Cameron McKenna to establish the new team. Louise Anderson is expected to join White & Case before Christmas. It is not yet known whether any assistants or clients will come to White & Case […]

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Tornado Group enters into European partnership with EMI. Tornado advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett (Tim Oldridge). EMI advised by Rowe & Maw (Andrew Sharples).

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The Paris office of Dutch law firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot is losing a corporate partner to US firm Sullivan & Cromwell. Richard Vilanova is leaving the 30-partner practice to join Sullivan & Cromwell’s small Paris office. He specialises in asset financing and capital markets and already does the French component of financing projects for […]

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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher‘s London-based real estate practice is still very much in its infancy, but it is a sign that US firms are recognising the importance of having a UK property capability. After just six months, head of European real estate Alan Samson can reel off an impressive deal list, including this series of […]

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