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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?”


Book Review

E-business to the Power of 12 by Thomas Power, published by Pearson Education (ISBN 0273650211) It is somewhat ironic that Pearson and its flagship site have just begun the long and painful process of retrenching. After Pearson’s last set of results, the company announced it was halving its internet investment, and more recently […]


The frenzied merger activity that has taken place in the global legal market over the past few years has led to a series of link-ups between the major international firms and local law firms, and as a consequence, managing integration has become a critical skill. I experienced the challenge first hand when developing an office […]

Minter Ellison rejigs for global expansion

Australian firm Minter Ellison is reorganising its management for a massive expansion drive. Robert Hanley, currently one of two partners in the London office, is moving back to Australia after nearly four years to spearhead the firm’s international drive. The firm has also just expanded its Sydney banking practice with two senior partners from Mallesons […]

Where's the cox now?

Last week’s Observer Sport Monthly contained one highly important piece of nostalgia for two of the UK’s top City lawyers. Remember that day in March 1978 when, during the 124th Oxford/ Cambridge boat race, the Cambridge boat sank? “We felt we handled bad conditions well and didn’t need to alter our boat,” Cambridge president Mark […]

Argles fills new chief executive role

South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has created a chief executive role which will be taken up by the former head of Alsop Wilkinson. Chartered accountant Christopher Honeyman Brown has been working as a consultant to the firm and joins from accountants Horwath Clark Whitehall. Honeyman Brown joined Alsop Wilkinson as chief executive in 1996, […]

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