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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.


Cast of thousands on NCP buyout sees Ashursts pip Lovells to win bid

The $1.2bn (£821.6m) buyout of National Car Parks (NCP) has kept numerous corporate, property and finance lawyers busy for the last couple of months. Two of the key players, NCP’s owner Cendant and successful bidder Cinven, were represented by their long-term advisers Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Ashurst Morris Crisp respectively. However, the […]

Head in the clouds

Tulkinghorn is not in good spirits this week. He always thought he had the biggest toy in town, but no longer. Nick Pike, an insolvency partner from Lawrence Graham, has the keys to a DC10 in his pinstripe suit, which as Tulkinghorn writes is parked in one of the designated areas usually reserved for hijacked […]

Gunderson axes eight associates

West Coast firm Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian has axed eight associates in its second round of layoffs The cuts represent a 9 per cent reduction, taking the total number of associates to 82.New recruits take the strain as six of the cuts come from the 2001 autumn intake of associates.Gunderson laid off […]

Law on tap

JD Wetherspoon’s exponential growth keeps not just its six-strong legal team busy, but a whole bevy of law firms to boot. Caroline Davies talks to legal director Nick Cooper Most lawyers wait until Friday night to initiate a pub crawl. The JD Wetherspoon in-house team, though, is not so patient. Its members visit on average […]

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