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The challenge of on-going innovation for FinTechs

A roundtable discussion between General Counsel from a range of fintech companies highlighted some common ground when it comes to the challenge of on-going innovation. A virtual roundtable hosted by sector head for financial services at Shoosmiths, Stephen Dawson, and partner Luke Stubbs, in conjunction with The Lawyer, brought together a group of senior lawyers […]


Vizard Oldham Brooke Blain

What do you do when your senior partner and 15 other partners, plus their teams, walk out on you? You pick yourself up and start again Senior/managing partner: Ron PerryNo of equity partners: SevenTotal number of partners: NineTotal lawyers (excluding trainees, paralegals and legal executives): 23Main practice areas: Commercial and propertyMain clients: Network Rail, British […]

Baker & McKenzie picks Senior for London managing partner

Baker & McKenzie has named corporate partner Gary Senior as its new London managing partner. Senior replaces Russell Lewin, who moves up to sit on the firm’s global executive committee after five years in the top job in London. Senior has also been the partner responsible for professional development and knowledge management at Bakers’ London […]

A&O wins Fortis in-houser

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) Brussels office has taken on Jean-Marie Moreels, the general counsel of financial services provider Fortis. Moreels, who has been at Fortis since 1988, will bring rare expertise in dual-listed company (DLC) structures, which are increasingly touted as merger vehicles in Belgium. Moreels will join as an M&A partner in the firm’s […]

EU seeks to fill 375 extra lawyer posts

The institutions of the EU have invited applications for around 375 lawyer posts to help meet the demands imposed by next year’s enlargement of the EU from 15 to 25 countries, which will add 75 million to the EU population. The European Personnel Selection Office (Epso) said these openings were part of the creation of […]

Travers Smith in management instruction on Hamleys’ MBO

Travers Smith Braithwaite saw off competition from two rival law firms to scoop the mandate on the public-to-private buyout of toy emporium Hamleys. The management buyout, which values Hamleys at £47.2m, was backed by Iceland’s largest retailer Baugur and headed by the toy shop’s chief operating officer John Watkinson and finance director Ian Parker. Baugur […]

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