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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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I just heard the saddest story from one of my partners. In a coffee shop in Fleet Street, he noticed an exhausted young male lawyer who looked about three years qualified, drinking coffee with his knackered-looking young female trainee. Two large boxes of documents bearing the name of one of the City’s top five firms […]

Clifford Chance lose Russian tax head

Roger Fort will be the managing director of Deloitte’s tax work in Moscow, Kiev, St Petersburg and Almaty. Fort, who helped establish Clifford Chance’s Russian practice in November 1997, says his new post is within a much more established practice and will cover a much wider geographical area. He says his new job will be […]

Macfarlanes wins work on £1bn French takeover

Macfarlanes has scooped a new client – and a £1bn deal. Macfarlanes has been chosen by Compagnie de Saint -Gobain, a French building materials supplier, to handle its bid for UK company Meyer International. The French company usually uses Slaughter and May for its UK legal work. Slaughters has not missed out on the cross-border […]

Ashursts in US merger talks By Dearbail Jordan and Sean Farrell

Sources close to both firms claim that Ashursts and Lathams have been in talks over the past three months, with one insider saying that discussions are: “Pretty far down the line.” A source says: “One element of these talks would be defence. Lathams saw the Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells merger and saw that […]

Peter Charlton

Peter Charlton is the new managing partner at the London office of Clifford Chance. Sean Farrell meets the softly spoken, yet tough talking northerner whose time has come. Meeting Peter Charlton is a big disappointment. “A Geordie thug who got fed up listening to Iron Maiden and drinking 20 pints a night, who came to […]

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