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BCM – Recovery & Beyond

A business continuity plan is an essential tool for ensuring a business will survive a business impacting incident. 75% of companies without a business continuity plan will fail within 3 years of their first major incident and 20% of companies will suffer from a fire, flood, terrorism, power outage, roof damage or theft in any […]

The principles of leadership for in-house legal teams

A panel comprised of General Counsels from a mix of FTSE 100 blue chip corporations to high growth companies, offering a great blend of cultures and leadership styles discuss the characteristics of a good leader and share their refreshingly honest personal stories of leadership.


Two into one will take away archaic division

A unified business court is the only logical step forward, argues Michael Briggs QC. Why is it that despite the wholesale slaughter of outmoded legal terminology carried out by the Woolf reformers in the cause of user friendliness, the two most opaque phrases of all – chancery and Queen’s Bench – have survived intact, and […]

BP Amoco

In 1998, BP stamped its authority on the energy industry with its £67.7bn acquisition of US energy giant Amoco – believed at the time to be the largest ever takeover. The deal put BP Amoco at the very top of the energy market, but the company’s next attempt to build on its already substantial market […]

Witness payments to be reviewed

The Lord Chancellor has set up a working party to review contempt laws regarding payments to witnesses in criminal proceedings and the publication of information before criminal trials. Officials from the LCD, Home Office, Law Officers Department and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are charged with producing a report on the issue by […]


Shearman & Sterling’s London office acted for Goldman Sachs International and HypoVereinsbank as joint arrangers and underwriters in providing senior debt finance facilities for the purchase of companies controlled by Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts & Co and GS Capital Partners. The firm also acted for Goldman Sachs in providing subordinated financing for the deal. Shearmans’ […]

New London base for US firm

Cravath has taken out a 25 year lease on the 12,500 sq ft office space in the landmark development in Ropemaker Street, EC2. The 425-lawyer firm – which has offices in New York and Hong Kong – opened its London operations in 1973. The new City home of Cravath – which is currently advising Time […]

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