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Pooling resources and risk: Key considerations for retail joint ventures

By James Crayton, Gwendoline Davies To survive – even thrive – in uncertain times and in a challenging market, retailers need to be open-minded to opportunities for improving efficiency and targeting growth. One option that many high street names are choosing in the current market is the joint venture. Retail joint ventures – practical considerations […]

Debt capital markets 2019

By David Lopez, Adam E Fleisher, Julian Cardona 1. What types of debt securities offerings are typical, and how active is the market? The most common debt securities offerings in the Portuguese market consist of bonds, notes, covered bonds, commercial paper and certificates of deposit. In general, debt securities in Portugal are issued by corporates […]

Busy lenders’ round-up – April 2019

By Deborah Sheldon The latest news and developments in retail mortgage lending and regulation. This month in summary: News Concerns over discrimination in the private rented sector Innovation in the private rental sector Housing Committee report calls for reform of leasehold in England and Wales Tax bills drive second charge lending surge Increase to FOS […]

FCA business plan 2019/2020 – an overview

By Michael Ruck On 17 April 2019, the FCA issued its Business Plan for 2019/2020 which sets out the regulator’s key priorities for the coming 12 months. We’ve prepared a brief overview of the plan to give you a quick idea of how the changes will affect your firm in practice over the next year. […]

Direct marketing and consent FAQs | GDPR periscope series

By Emma Erskine-Fox, Brian Craig Direct marketing questions continue to befuddle marketers and data practitioners alike. Whilst marketing success and GDPR compliance are not mutually exclusive, the interplay between different pieces of legislation can make this a confusing area. A year after marketing consents were refreshed, below we answer four of our most commonly-received marketing […]

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Wilmer Cutler rejig sees Euro partners in the mix

European partners of Washington DC firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are lining up for a new role on the firm’s international management committee. The firm is restructuring its management to include a European partner and a policy committee for the first time.The 450-lawyer firm is growing its management committee from six members to seven and […]

Herbert Smith in Asia management rejig

Herbert Smith has restructured its management team, relocating executive partner Tim Parkes to Hong Kong to become the firm’s new head of the Asia region. Head of real estate Iain Rothnie will take over Parkes’ former role. The changes take effect next January.Rothnie said: “I’m delighted the partnership has confidence in me to continue the […]

Fenwick and VLG cut lawyer count

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has laid off nearly 50 lawyers and become the second firm in as many weeks to make major culls. It has cut 32 associates and 15 paralegals from its ranks because of the falloff in technology-related corporate work.At the same time, high-profile Valley firm Venture Law Group (VLG) put […]

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