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On October 15, the Ontario Government announced a new programme for unsolicited proposals (USPs) for infrastructure projects. The purpose of the programme is to allow private sector entities to approach the province with innovative ideas to improve public infrastructure and related services. Similar initiatives have been implemented in Nova Scotia, Toronto, the UK, the US, […]

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The government has announced that by 2030 it may be unlawful to continue to let a non-domestic property with an EPC rating of below B. This announcement comes as part of the government’s package of measures to reduce carbon emissions. What will change? Since 1 April 2018, the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and […]

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Simpson Thacher launches in Beijing with local talent

Simpson Thacher & Batlett has announced plans to launch on China’s mainland after raiding local law firm Fangda Partners for a new recruit. The firm is set to apply to the Chinese Ministry of Justice for registration of a Beijing office, poaching Beijing-based M&A partner Shaolin Luo to establish its operations in the capital. Luo […]

China MoJ loophole helps Orrick launch

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is to use a loophole in Chinese licensing laws to secure licences for both the Beijing and Shanghai offices it is set to inherit from Coudert Brothers by mid-April. It has emerged that the firm is in advanced negotiations with the Chinese Ministry of Justice to secure both practice licences at […]

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The Private Equity Lawyers Forum Annual Conference will be on Friday 28 April at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s London offices. Roundtable discussions will be led by: Freshfields (funds constitution and fund management), Lovells (employment law) and Wragge & Co (strategic deals and engaging advisers). A session will also be held on unleashing management potential in lawyers […]

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