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Life sciences law review – Switzerland

Switzerland harbours many sectors of the life sciences industry. Swiss research, development and production are well known in all corners of the planet. Switzerland is home to world leaders and is the origin of many groundbreaking ideas turned into successful start-ups, some set to become top players within a generation. The Federal Institutes of Technology […]

FCA guidance on supporting customers impacted by coronavirus in the high-cost credit market

The FCA has announced a package of measures to help protect consumers in the high-cost credit (HCC) market. This guidance has been published alongside guidance for customers in the motor finance market and follows on from finalised guidance issued last week in relation to the protection of customers in the personal loan, credit card and overdraft markets.

Banking themes to expect in 2020

Despite the global economy stuttering following months of trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty, and the more recent impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, existing trends in the banking sector continue to march on. In this article, partners Paul Gair and Tim Waller and legal director Harry Parker, give their views on what we’re likely to see across three areas shaping banking at the start of this new decade.


Arnie in bid to terminate Orrick licensing row

It sounds like the plot for another bad Hollywood movie: Arnold Schwarzenegger on a mission to China, accompanied by, err, his lawyer. Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe chair and chief executive Ralph Baxter went with Schwarzenegger on a trade mission. But the pay-off for Orrick came when Schwarzenegger used his political muscle to write a reference […]

Simmons to rethink cross-selling rewards

Simmons & Simmons is looking to overhaul its remuneration system to encourage cross-border team work and cross-selling across jurisdictions. The compensation assessment is part of a wholesale strategic review that began when Mark Dawkins took over as managing partner last autumn. Dawkins told The Lawyer: “I want to look at whether the firm’s remuneration structure is fully […]

Garrigues re-elects management and opens in Andalucia

Partners at Garrigues have unanimously re-elected managing partners José María Alonso Puig and Miguel Gordillo Moro to serve another four-year term. They have been managed the firm since 2000, and the election confirmed their third consecutive term at the top. The 185 Garrigues partners also approved the launch of a new office in Almería, which […]

Going public

Law firms could soon list on the stock exchange. The Lawyer assesses the prospects of five UK practices to see whether the move would make good financial sense The nearest thing to a publicly listed law firm in the UK has just made its latest acquisition. The patent and trademark practice Murgitroyd & Company, which […]

Freshfields takes second huge IPO

There isn’t a bigger IPO in Asia this year than the estimated $12bn (£6.59bn) Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) flotation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ace corporate lawyer Teresa Ko features prominently on yet another massive IPO. Freshfields is advising the underwriters on Hong Kong law, working with Shearman & Sterling, which will […]

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