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What does the future hold for cybersecurity?

With any security policy now and in the future, leaders need to remember the fundamentals of what they are trying to achieve. Everyone wants their business to do well and be successful, and that means protecting data, while keeping business critical systems up and running efficiently. Already today, we’re putting a focus on security – and have seen new compliance laws in relation to that. Requiring compliance with regulation is just one way of trying to force the market to adopt minimum acceptable standards. But this is just that – the minimum – and every business leader needs to aim higher than that level.

Financial services investigations and enforcement monthly round up

A round-up of recent enforcement actions and investigations in the financial services sector. This month in summary: FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation ICO fines company £130,000 for unauthorised pensions cold calls FCA publicly censures former Worldspreads CEO for market misconduct FCA scraps half its criminal probes into money-laundering breaches   FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation.

Webinar: Thrive in complexity with intelligent case research tools

Accurate and comprehensive case research is a challenge shared across the legal profession. As printed law reports have given way to digital resources and ever more information is available online, how have the dynamics of common law research evolved, and how do practitioners approach this crucial work in the information age?


Family: Home sums

The laws regarding the financial rights of cohabiting couples are changing, but is the shift significant enough to reflect this sea change in society? On 31 July 2007 the Law Commission recommended reforming the law for cohabitants when their relationships end by separation or death. Subsequent criticism has attacked the proposal as unnecessary, as another […]

Herbies, Cuatrecasas secure Spanish listing

Alliance firms Herbert Smith and Cuatrecasas are acting for Spanish industrial machinery group General de Alquiler de Maquinaria on the issue of 125 million senior unsecured convertible bonds. The notes are convertible into new ordinary shares in 2012, which will be listed on Spain’s stock exchanges. Herbert Smith is advising on the English law aspects […]

Restructuring capability becomes UK firms’ priority

UK firms are positioning their restructuring teams in anticipation of further market volatility, although a dearth of talent is hampering expansion. In the wake of the US sub-prime loan crisis, a number of magic and silver circle firms are preparing for an increased workload in the restructuring arena. Lovells restructuring partner Joe Bannister said: “We […]

Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. •Publicity puntLaw firms tout branded pens, paper and rubbers like they were sweeties. But which law firm […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf: a happy marriage

Life could not be sweeter for Dewey Ballantine: no sooner did the New York firm evade a potentially acrimonious union with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe than it managed to find the perfect partner in LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. As reported on (28 August), the firms have agreed a merger that will go through […]

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