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Visa’s Acquisition of Plaid – Who Benefits Most?

Now that the deal, announced at the beginning of the year, has finally been cleared, what do Plaid and Visa stand to gain from it? Simon De Broise examines the likely impact of the acquisition on the two companies and the financial sector as a whole.

Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”


Thompsons overhauls management

Trade-union and personal injury specialist Thompsons has a new chief executive and has created the new post of executive chair. Current CEO Geoff Shears moves into the new executive chair role, while client director Stephen Cavalier, formerly the head of the firm’s employment rights group, takes Shears’ place as CEO. Cavalier commented: “It’s a balance […]

Crowell raids Arent Fox, Dorsey for NY launch

Washington DC-headquartered firm Crowell & Moring has expanded into New York, launching a Manhattan office following raids on Arent Fox and Dorsey & Whitney. As first revealed on (13 September), trial lawyer William McSherry, former head of Arent Fox’s New York office and co-chair of its litigation practice, joins as a partner in Crowell’s […]

Dewey rebuilds in London with finance hires

The London office of Dewey Ballantine, which is in the midst of merger negotiations with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, has raided its US rivals in the City to boost its finance department. Shearman & Sterling of counsel Stephen Jurgenson has joined Dewey as a partner in its project finance department and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & […]

Bird & Bird boosts Asian IP team with Hong Kong hire

Bird & Bird has expanded its Asian IP offering with the hire of partner Shirley Kwok from local firm Vivien Chan & Co in Hong Kong. Kwok specialises in trademarks and has over 20 years of IP experience in the Chinese market. She has been appointed to head up the firm’s IP portfolio management team […]

US firms make the most of an Indian summer

A quick glance at this summer’s deals show that US firms in particular are getting stuck into India’s booming capital markets economy. Dorsey & Whitney is emerging as one of the leading international firms for Indian IPOs, having bagged six floats in the last year. According to a survey by Asian Legal Business, Jones Day […]

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