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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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UK treaty tiebreaker guidelines raise concerns

HM Revenue & Customs on 14 January published new guidelines (INTM120085) on nonstandard treaty tiebreakers that could have an impact on the UK’s tax treaties with the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. The update to the HMRC International Manual covers cases in which there is no residence tiebreaker clause and the matter must be […]

Technology

Curtis counsels investors, start-ups and established global corporations in sectors as diverse as software, hardware, electronic media, nanotechnology, clean technology, biotechnology, renewable energy and life sciences. The range of services provided by the group includes: Stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures Mergers Equity and debt offerings Private placements Venture capital financings and partnering agreements Joint […]

Commercial contracts

Robust commercial contracts are central to the success of all businesses. We understand that at Shoosmiths. That’s why we have one of the largest dedicated commercial law teams in the UK. In fact, we have been ranked a top 10 law firm for commercial law by reference to the number of FTSE clients for whom […]

Hospital

Eversheds, One Crown Office Row advise as damning NHS report is released

Eversheds played a lead role advising on an inquiry chaired by Serjeants’ Inn Chambers silk Robert Francis QC into the failings of Stafford Hospital after hundreds of hospital patients died over a three-year period. One Crown Office Row also played a major role in the inquiry, with a raft of its barristers representing the various […]

Freshfields and Herbert Smith lead on latest foreign utilities takeover

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have advised on the £164.5m takeover of Sutton & East Surrey Water (SESW) by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation. The deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions of UK utilities groups by Asian buyers following the purchases of EDF’s UK power grids, Northumbrian Water Group and Wales […]

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