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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?


Monckton hauls back £300m in VAT for investment trusts in ECJ

Monckton Chambers has scored a European Court of Justice (ECJ) victory that will see investment trusts collectively receive a £300m tax refund in addition to making annual savings of £40m. The ECJ ruled that investment trusts such as JPMorgan Claverhouse, which brought the proceedings, should be exempt from VAT on management expenses. The investment vehicle […]

Verhaegen scoops five-lawyer team from rival

Belgian firm Verhaegen Walravens has hired a five-lawyer corporate team from rival firm Elegis, boosting its numbers in the wake of the firm’s split with Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW). Verhaegen has signed up Jean Pierre Renard and a group of four associates to build up the firm’s insolvency and restructuring practice. Managing partner Philip Walravens […]

Chinese reforms posit relaxation of the country’s ‘Law for Lawyers’

China’s Ministry of Justice has outlined plans to allow experienced lawyers to set up private law firms under newly proposed legal reforms. The country’s legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, is studying draft amendments to its Law on Lawyers, which could lead to the first changes being made to the law since […]

Linklaters hit by Tokyo raid

Capital markets and securitisation specialist Mitsuhiro Yasuda has quit Linklaters‘ Japanese operation in favour of newly formed firm Nishimura & Asahi. Yasuda only joined Linklaters’ Tokyo office in 2005 as part of the magic circle firm’s launch of its Tokyo capability. Before that he was a name partner at local firm Mitsui Yasuda Wani & […]

Bakers lands top deal in booming Saudi market

Baker & McKenzie has bagged a lead role on a market-shaping deal in the Saudi mineral and mining industry. With the Saudi market entering a boom phase, the firm, led by partner Mike Webster, is advising government-owned Saudi Arabian Mining Co on its $1.5bn (£740m) development of three mining plants. The project is expected to […]

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