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Visa’s Acquisition of Plaid – Who Benefits Most?

Now that the deal, announced at the beginning of the year, has finally been cleared, what do Plaid and Visa stand to gain from it? Simon De Broise examines the likely impact of the acquisition on the two companies and the financial sector as a whole.

Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”



Pro bono work within firms has taken on a new status in recent years. There was a time when it was something individual lawyers did for their own satisfaction or interest, occasionally it was something the human resources teams saw as a good “team building exercise” and senior partners saw as good training for junior […]

Axa Corporate Solutions sets up cross-border legal panel

Axa Corporate Solutions, part of the Axa group, has set up its own panel of law firms following an extensive beauty parade. Out of the 18 firms invited to tender, the successful firms are expected to be whittled down to 11. Several firms, including Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Ensor Byfield, James Chapman & Co, Kennedys and Weightmans […]

Technology, Media and telecoms

Israel-based Sadot Research & Development Fund introduced to the main list of London Stock Exchange. Sadot Research & Development Fund advised by Fladgate Fielder (Avram Kelman) and Seligman & Co. Sponsors and brokers Cazenove & Co advised by SJ Berwin.

stolt offshore group

This is the third loan facility to companies within the Stolt Offshore Group to be led by Den Norske Bank in New York, and Stephenson Harwood has advised the syndicate of banks on all three. Sheila Obhrai, a senior assistant in the firm’s five-partner ship financing group, led all three deals – the others completed […]

Asia: Forum

If everything goes to plan, in 2001 China will succeed to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). What this means in practical terms is that markets will open up to foreign investors. Firms are gearing themselves up to benefit – the first step for many has been to apply for licences to open further offices, meaning […]

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