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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.


Don’t Bank on China

It’s hoped that China’s accession into the WTO should prove lucrative for foreign organisations The 2006 year has been branded the ‘Year of the Bank’. Indeed, on the fifth anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Chinese banking sector is expected to undergo a revolutionary transformation. As part of China’s WTO […]

Royal Mail in management overhaul with new GC

Royal Mail has transformed its in-house legal team, scooping former Exel legal chief Doug Evans to replace longstanding general counsel Catherine Churchard. Churchard has handed in her resignation and will formally leave the post later this year. Evans has already started at Royal Mail and will work alongside Churchard for the time being. The move […]

Beijing-Hong Kong merger creates Chinese heavyweight

Beijing-based Jun He Law Offices has become the third Mainland China-headquartered law firm to open in Hong Kong. The firm has opened through a merger with Hong Kong firm XJ Wang & Co, and will operate in Hong Kong under the Jun He name. Jun He’s Chinese operation recently worked alongside international firms Allen & […]

What would an IPO be worth?

With that odd mixture of arrogance and insecurity, the most ambitious City partners are constantly comparing themselves with their rivals. It’s par for the course in an industry stuffed with type-A overachievers, and it’s at its most acute during the financial reporting season. So just imagine what they’ll be like when and if law firms […]

Addleshaws creates client knowledge tool

Addleshaw Goddard has linked with Cranfield School of Management to help the law firm develop a system of key accounts management similar to that used by major corporations. The project is part of Addleshaws’ client development centre (CDC), which has been attracting glowing reviews from in-house counsel involved in the programme, including Barclays Bank. A […]

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