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EU-US Privacy Shield for data transfers ruled as invalid

The Office of the Data Protection Authority in Guernsey (ODPA) has warned companies in the Bailiwick to be aware of the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgment which affects all businesses who transfer personal data outside of the Bailiwick and the European Union (EU).

Recognition and Assistance for PRC Insolvency in Hong Kong

Synopsis A recent case in Hong Kong, has demonstrated both the ability and willingness of common law courts to recognise insolvency appointments made by the courts of the People’s Republic of China (‘PRC’), and to grant appropriate assistance at common law. It is to be hoped that this proven track record will pave the way for easier recognition of common law court appointed liquidators in PRC, where, unlike in common law countries, such recognition is subject to the principle of reciprocity.

New LCIA Arbitration Rules: In force on 1 October 2020

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) recently released its updated arbitration rules (the “2020 Rules”) which will come into force from 1 October 2020 and will apply to any arbitration commenced under the auspices of the LCIA on or after this date. The 2020 Rules, in the LCIA’s own words, aim to make the arbitral processes “even more streamlined and clear” for arbitrators and parties alike. We summarise nine key changes and one omission.

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Aussie firm to incorporate as new state law kicks in

Queensland-based firm Carter Newell is looking to take advantage of a new state law allowing firms to incorporate by the end of the year. Chief executive Peter Ellender said incorporation would allow the Australian firm to gain access to capital and allow the firm to share its profit with non-lawyers. The firm is able to […]

Dewey revels in post-Orrick hiring spree

New York-headquartered Dewey Ballantine has continued its hiring spree by taking on a new head of IP litigation and two partners from Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi. Dewey has now hired 24 new partners since March. The firm has been hiring both in the US and in Europe since merger talks with Orrick Herrington & […]

DWS teams up with Saudi firm for Riyadh launch

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has launched its partnership in Saudi Arabia by joining forces with a local practice and scooping a Fulbright & Jaworski senior associate to head the office. Fulbright’s Amged Hussein will join the firm as it embarks on its new association with local lawyer Wael Abdulrahman Alissa. DWS managing partner Howard Morris […]

Ward Hadaway breaks £400k PEP barrier

Newcastle-based Ward Hadaway has announced a 10 per cent improvement in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and a 16 per cent increase in turnover for the last financial year. The firm has reported a PEP of £405,000, and turnover of £25m for the year marking another strong year for the firm, which has reported […]

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