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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

A new duty of care for financial services firms?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a new consumer protection duty of care for financial services firms.  Walker Morris Banking and Finance Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain.

GDPR compliance in the Benelux: let the controls begin

The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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CEDR kicks off mediation audit

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has launched its biennial audit into commercial mediation, the only review of its kind in the UK. The previous audit, held in 2005, found that the mediation market has grown by 35 per cent to 2,700 mediations a year. The statistics also showed that in 2005 there were […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf names executive board

Newly merged firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has named the partners that will serve on the executive board responsible for managing the firm on a global basis. The 22-member executive board will combine the former LeBoeuf Lamb Green & McRae 11-member board and Dewey Ballantine’s six member executive board, adding five new Dewey partners. Former Dewey […]

Reed Smith’s Paris office brings in Freshfields counsel

The French arm of Reed Smith, Reed Smith Rambaud Charot, has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to boost its Paris real estate practice. Freshfields counsel Vincent Lassalle joins the firm as a partner, bringing with him US-qualified senior associate Stéphanie Chalanset-Moulié. The hire continues Reed Smith’s European expansion, which has seen the firm bolster its German […]

… As PCA negotiates launch with Indian government

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is in advanced talks with the Indian government to launch in the country. The negotiations are likely to result in a court being set up in India’s capital Delhi, although discussions continue as to whether this is the most suitable location for an arbitration court. PCA secretary general Tjaco […]

BLP axes Kramer Levin transatlantic alliance

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and New York firm Kramer Levin have ditched their formal alliance after nearly five years of cooperation, The Lawyer can reveal. The association was set up in October 2002 and was seen by both firms as a prelude to a full merger, but it came to an end earlier this year […]

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