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Maximum mobility, maximum productivity

“The attorneys always had a hard time working remotely,” says Robin Griffith, firm administrator at Gardner Skelton. But what had once been just a nuisance became a deal breaker in 2020. To solve it, Gardner Skelton teamed up with the law firm consultancy Circle Management Group (CMG), to bring their vision of complete mobility and amped-up productivity to life.

Reducing conduct risk in LIBOR transition

As we progress through Q2 of 2021, the 6 month countdown for firms to have completed their LIBOR transition programmes in accordance with timetable set out by the Working Group on Sterling Risk Free Reference Rates has commenced. As part of that, some firms are still grappling with many of the technical aspects of the transition to Risk Free Rates (RFRs) with, for instance, clarity still awaited on how the FCA will exercise its powers under the Financial Services Bill. That uncertainty may also have led some to delay the implementation of their communications strategy with their customers.

Safety through bankruptcy?

Claims by segregation creditors are limited overall to the value of the respective security at the time of the confirmation of a restructuring plan. In its current decision 17 Ob 12 / 20v, the Supreme Court thus deviated from its previous case law.

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Fund lands

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Landwell to merge with Van Doorne

Landwell’s former Dutch firm has sealed a merger with Van Doorne, which will double its size and increase its profile in the Netherlands. Landwell will jettison two of its three Dutch offices and concentrate on Amsterdam. The 30 lawyers in Rotterdam and the 20 in Utrecht will relocate to the Dutch capital. The merger gives […]

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