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Ireland Update – Use of Electronic Signatures on Regulatory Documents and Forms

In a statement published on 24 August 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”) confirmed to regulated firms that its policy regarding the use of electronic signatures is that, in the absence of any specific legal provisions to the contrary, regulated firms may use electronic signatures in submitting regulatory documents and forms to […]

The rise of legal platforms and why they matter

In the past, I have spoken about the possibility of a tsunami of change within the legal industry. It is something I have been carefully watching for several years and things now seem to be rapidly accelerating.

Protected disclosures: update for employers in Ireland

The recent High Court decision of John Clarke v. CGI Food Services Limited and CGI Holding Limited [2020] IEHC 368 demonstrates the broad scope of the definition of protected disclosures under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.


SJ Berwin Paris fund contingent nabs leading role on AIP close

SJ Berwin’s Paris funds team has secured the lead role acting for BNP Paribas-backed Antin Infrastructure Partners (AIP) on the close of a e1.1bn (£0.95bn) fund. Paris corporate finance partner Arnaud David led the SJ Berwin team on the deal, with Paris tax partner Sylvie Vansteenkiste acting on tax matters. The deal’s value exceeded the […]

Andrew Oppenheim, Gowlings’ London office managing partner

Gowlings continues to grow London with hire from Norton Rose

Canadian firm Gowlings has continued its energy-focused hiring spree in London with the addition of a former Norton Rose partner. Michael Taylor who was a partner at Norton Rose before becoming a counsel at the firm, will join Gowlings’ London office as a partner in the energy, infrastructure and mining group. The move closely follows […]

Good Kop, bad Kop

Soon there will be no lawyers left in the City who are not embroiled in the interminable struggle for control of a once-successful football team. Multi-billion pound M&A deals will be shelved through a lack of resources; entire departments will be seconded to Merseyside; and sons will ask fathers what it was like before every […]

Skadden helps SocGen fight off US subprime class action

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has successfully defended Société Générale (SocGen) in a class action that alleged the bank violated US securities law and misled investors over its exposure to subprime mortgages. The consolidated securities class action was brought against the bank and several executives, including former chairman and chief executive officer Daniel Bouton. […]

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