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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?



Amvescap in £1.05bn bid for fund managers Perpetual. Amvescap advised by Schroders Salomon Smith Barney, De Guardiola Advisors and Ashurst Morris Crisp. Perpetual advised by Merrill Lynch, Cazenove and Simmons & Simmons (Mark Curtis, Grant Macpherson, Adrian Mayer, Jacqueline Petts, Marcus Young)

Freshfields wins £750m horse betting deal

Freshfields has fought off competition from two rival magic circle firms to advise Arena Leisure on a consortium bid for horse racing media rights worth £750m. The consortium is called Go Racing and is made up of Channel 4, BSkyB and Arena Leisure, which is a long-standing client of Nicholson Graham & Jones, although this […]

Public power corporation

While others have focused on the project potential of Eastern Europe, Norton Rose has carved a profitable niche further south, boosted by its Greek office. Norton Rose is the only UK firm licensed to practise in Greece after it relaunched there as Law Office Howard in August to avoid the criminal proceedings facing 10 UK […]


Simmons & Simmons has been enjoying a purple patch in Hong Kong. The $3.5bn (£2.4bn) global share offering for the Sinopec is the latest in a series of significant Asian deals for the firm. It carried out its first Chinese initial public offering (IPO) back in 1997 for power company Beijing Datang. The firm actively […]

White & Case raids on Weil Gotshal and CC bear fruit

White & Case has revealed the first clutch of deals it has completed since wooing Maurice Allen and his team from Weil Gotshal & Manges. The new team, which also includes former Clifford Chance capital markets partner Colin Potter, has already started using the rest of the firm’s international network to scoop finance transactions for […]

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