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Loading NIS directive 2.0 for higher cybersecurity protection

Given that the landscape of threats has significantly expanded, it comes as no surprise that the European Commission has proposed a revised version of the Directive concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union.



Standard Chartered Bank kicks off panel review

Standard Chartered is understood to have launched a global panel review, with current advisers Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters expected to be going for roles.  The bank’s last review took place in 2011, led by former Standard Chartered senior legal counsel and panel management lead Ruwan de Soyza. De Soyza has since joined WorldPay as […]

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Parabis backer Duke Street injects £13m cash into firm

Private equity backed Parabis Group has received a further £13m cash injection from its investor Duke Street. Duke Street was the first private equity investor to enter the legal services market when it opened up to non-lawyer backers in 2012 (22 August 2012). Parabis was forced to delay its ABS deal with private equity house […]


DAC Beachcroft and DWF bulk up with team hires in Bristol

DAC Beachcroft and DWF have both made team hires in Bristol, with the latter swooping on Greenwoods for a second time after Parabis closed its office in the city. The five-strong Greenwoods team is led by partner Mike Guy and associate partner Claire Gribben, who join as director and partner at DWF respectively. Meanwhile DAC has […]

HSF and Macfarlanes advise Stagecoach and Virgin on East Coast mainline franchise

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Macfarlanes have taken the lead roles for Stagecoach and Virgin on their joint-venture company’s deal with the Department of Transport (DfT) to secure the franchise for the re-privatised East Coast mainline. Stagecoach, owner of 90 per cent of joint venture company Inter City Railways, was represented by HSF corporate partners Ben […]

Linklaters’ Simon Davies on why the magic circle may have lost its power

In this week’s leadership interview, Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies talks about a magic circle branding crisis, saying that the name no longer holds a spell over the US market – or in fact any market at all. Davies argues that this identity crisis has not affected Linklaters, as the firm sees itself as “one […]

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