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Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect this past May, there has been a significant uptick in the number of data subject access requests (DSARs). Due to these regulatory changes, along with steep fines and shorter deadlines to complete requests, the compliance burden on organizations has to be taken seriously. To effectively […]

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By Duncan Lole, Gawain Moore, Geoff Cunningham In the recent case of Re Videology Ltd, the English High Court considered the factors relevant for determining a company’s centre of main interests (or COMI) and whether it had an establishment in a foreign jurisdiction for the purposes of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Walker Morris insolvency experts, Duncan […]

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March proved that 2006 just keeps getter better for corporate and finance lawyers. Consolidating on the solid performance of the M&A market in the first two months of the year, 294 deals worth $54.25bn (£30.97bn) involving any UK element were announced during March, according to Thomson Financial. This accounted for almost half of the value […]

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