25 April 2016

Offshore report: the key trends affecting a changing market

After a busy year in the offshore world, several trends appeared: the ongoing divestment of fiduciary businesses, the move into more jurisdictions, and a hot recruitment market. In responses gathered as part of our annual offshore survey, the world’s biggest offshore firms give their thoughts on the key issues affecting their businesses.

Insight: How RSA runs its legal team

In January, after five years at RSA Insurance, Derek Walsh said he was leaving his role as group general counsel and company secretary. Walsh saw RSA through some troubled times including large losses in Ireland, stringent regulation and unprecedented levels of transactional activity but his tenure ended on a high as the UK-based general insurance company saw a 43 per cent rise in operating profit in 2015.

Moves: 25 April 2016

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) IP partner Campbell Forsyth has joined Dentons’ partnership in London. Patent litigator Forsyth was a partner at KWM for nearly two years, having left the partnership of Olswang in 2014. He has a particular focus on the telecommunications, electronics and life sciences sectors.   

Hot 100 alumni: Howard Barrie, Eversheds

Eversheds project finance partner Howard Barrie first appeared in the Hot 100 in 2008, when his move to Paris at legacy Denton Wilde Sapte signalled a new era in the firm’s investment into Africa. Between 2007 to 2010, when Barrie led the Africa committee, Denton Wilde Sapte had a strategy for winning and working on […]

Get to grips with the new insurance rules

Imagine you are a general counsel or director in whose department sits the person who buys your company’s insurance policies. You may be about to become a star witness in insurance disputes. Is that news to you? Are you concerned by it?

Panama’s problem with the Mossack Fonseca leak

The leak of 11.5 million documents from the files of offshore ‘law firm’ Mossack Fonseca & Co is one of the largest data breaches ever. Since the publication of the first stories – unearthed by a consortium of journalists from around the world – the focus of the public, the media and politicians has been squarely on the way the world’s wealthy seek to minimise tax payments.

Star legal writers: intellectual property

IP rows involving rock band Radiohead, Lego and the Happy Birthday tune, and charity domain name developments are just some of the subjects discussed by our expert briefings writers.

Ashurst and Sidley: where strategy should have trumped culture

Two tales emerged last week that under different circumstances could have been told together. First, the story of Sidley. As our unmissable long read sets out, Sidley has occupied a solid but monochromatic position in the City, despite its bold beginnings in the nineties when it was the first US firm to hire UK lawyers. […]

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