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Leading and adapting in challenging times: managing a newly remote team

The dynamics of a previously high performing team will shift in response to the recent working from home directive. As leaders we need to understand the factors that will impact even the most resilient and high performing colleagues. It’s likely that high-performing employees may experience varying levels of performance and engagement when they begin working […]

Cryptocurrencies: 2020 and beyond

As the global leader in alternative investment funds and one of the most innovative financial centres in the world, it is unsurprising that the Cayman Islands has quickly become a popular destination for cryptocurrency vehicles and initial coin offerings (ICOs).

UK Government to enhance FCA powers to facilitate LIBOR transition

The UK Government announced on 23 June 2020 that it intends to introduce new legislation to give the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enhanced powers in circumstances where (i) LIBOR ceases to be representative of the market and (ii) its representativeness cannot and will not be restored. This is intended to solve the problem of “tough legacy” contracts by giving the FCA the power to protect consumers and market integrity in relation to those contracts (which the FCA envisage will be a “narrow band”).

Exiting the Covid-19 haze: assessing business operations in a crisis

In this article, we discuss some of the key areas of focus that business owners and managers should prioritise when undertaking an early assessment of business operations to ensure that productive functions are reflective of a new operating environment. This is especially important where Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a significant change in the business model.

European Commission publishes evaluation report on GDPR

The Commission’s report argues that, generally, GDPR has successfully met most of its objectives, in particular by offering citizens a strong set of enforceable rights and by creating a new European system of governance and enforcement. It also, however, identified a number of areas of improvement.


Davis Polk advises Citigroup on US government bailout

Davis Polk & Wardwell has scored another credit crunch-related mandate, advising US bank Citigroup on its $20bn (£13.4bn) government bailout. Davis Polk partners Gar Bason, Randall Guynn, Louis Goldberg and Avishai Shachar are leading the team acting for the bank. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising the US Treasury on the deal. The move […]

Moves roundup: 25 November 2008

DLA Piper UK has hired Andrij Jurkiw (left) as a partner in its London ­regulatory and litigation practice. Move of the week DLA Piper UK has hired Andrij Jurkiw as a partner in its London ­regulatory and litigation practice. He has left Burges Salmon, where he was a partner, to take up the role. Jurkiw, […]


Field Fisher lawyers freed from Mumbai terror ordeal

Mark Abell and Christopher Jackson, the Field Fisher Waterhouse partners trapped in a Mumbai hotel siege, have been evacuated. Mark Abell (pictured) and Christopher Jackson, the Field Fisher Waterhouse(FFW) partners trapped in a Mumbai terrorist hotel siege, have been evacuated. As reported on, Abell was trapped in his room when the attacks began on […]

Linklaters, Slaughters on £1.78bn Standard Chartered rights issue

Slaughter and May and Linklaters have sewn up the lead roles in Standard Chartered’s £1.78bn rights issue to existing shareholders. A Slaughters team led by corporate partner Nilufer von Bismarck advised Standard Chartered. Von Bismarck commented: “They are one of the few banks that can still do rights issues, Santander is another example, and interestingly […]

Trio takes on £1bn Lucite acquisition

Hammonds, Macfarlanes and Paul Weiss have lined up on a rare £1bn M&A deal as ­Mitsubishi Rayon swoops on UK chemicals company Lucite. Hammonds corporate partners James McKay and Mark Robson acted for the seller, private equity company Charterhouse. Paul Weiss acted for existing client Mitsubishi Rayon and drafted in Macfarlanes in the UK. Paul […]

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