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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.

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Sérvulo and Ferreira join forces for global focus

The Portuguese legal market has seen its second merger this month, with Lisbon’s Sérvulo Correia & Associados announcing a link with Ferreira Pinto & Associados. From January 2008 the two firms will come together as Sérvulo. The firm will handle public law and corporate work and boast around 70 lawyers. Rui Medeiros and Fernando Ferreira […]

Herbies dispute specialist joins Camerons

CMS Cameron McKenna has hired Herbert Smith senior associate Ben Holland to its partnership. Energy disputes specialist Holland will join Camerons’ energy, projects and construction (EPC) practice in London. EPC head Penelope Warne said: “The firm’s energy disputes work has been expanding fast, both in terms of volume and scope. We’re responding to increased client […]

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Credit crunch prompts CC redundancies in NY

Clifford Chance has laid off six associates from its structured finance group in New York. The lawyers worked in a practice group that worked exclusively for credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and the work for that group has stopped following the credit crisis. A Clifford Chance spokesperson said: “This is a direct response […]

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Star performers report growth above 20 per cent

Ashurst, Bird & Bird, Herbert Smith, Nabarro and SJ Berwin are the star performers of the financial year at the half-year stage. All five firms have increased their fee income by more than 20 per cent during the first half of the year. Ashurst and Herbert Smith both increased revenue by 25 per cent while […]

Charles Russell steers market switch for Aricom

Charles Russell has capitalised on its blossoming relationship with JPMorgan Cazenove to land a lead role on an Anglo-Russian mining company’s move from AIM to the main list. The top 50 firm advised JPMorgan Cazenove and Canaccord Adams as the joint brokers and sponsors to Aricom, which has titanium and iron ore assets in Russia. […]

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