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The future of work in a pandemic era

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all facets of life as we know it, forcing immediate recalibrations of how we work and live. Today, industries across the globe are considering the future of work in a pandemic era, making difficult decisions with the best information on hand, against various unknowns. They know that reopening and perhaps even redefining the workplace means successfully working through incredible uncertainty.

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.

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Law Society bosses feel the heat as profession demands more action against cuts Solicitors normally treat their professional body with utter ambivalence. So when some 500 of them swarmed into the Law Society’s London headquarters in Chancery Lane at the end of last year, something must have been up. For the most part, they were […]

‘Fox meat’ scandal shows importance of supplier due diligence, says Eversheds

Richard Matthews, head of product liability at Eversheds, has commented on the recall by Wal-Mart in China of donkey meat found to contain fox meat. He said: ‘January is the anniversary of the horsemeat scandal making headline news across Europe. The scandal lasted several months and affected many of Europe’s largest food retailers and manufacturers, […]

Conyers advises Luxoft Holding on BVI aspects of its secondary public offering

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Luxoft Holding, a European IT service provider, on all British Virgin Islands (BVI) law aspects of its secondary public offering. The secondary share sale was by nine-per-cent shareholder Rus Lux, a unit of Romanian investment bank VTB Capital, which raised $95.2m (£57m). Counsel Audrey M Robertson and associate Cora Miller […]

EU merger control: new notification procedures in effect

A number of reforms designed to simplify certain aspects of the EU merger control process came into effect from 1 January 2014. There are three main changes. First, the scope of the simplified review procedure under the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) has been widened. Second, the amount of information required by the European Commission has […]

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Clifford Chance and client Excalibur receive further blows from High Court

Clifford Chance has been criticised for producing “voluminous and interminable” correspondence which was “in some circumstances highly aggressive and in others unacceptable” in the failed $1.6bn oil case for client Excalibur. Excalibur was slammed in the judgment for pursuing its case against oil rights “as if it was an act of war” and High Court […]

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