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The challenge of on-going innovation for FinTechs

A roundtable discussion between General Counsel from a range of fintech companies highlighted some common ground when it comes to the challenge of on-going innovation. A virtual roundtable hosted by sector head for financial services at Shoosmiths, Stephen Dawson, and partner Luke Stubbs, in conjunction with The Lawyer, brought together a group of senior lawyers […]

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DLA Piper advises Naylor Industries on Amco Plastics and Clough Mill acquisitions

DLA Piper’s corporate team has advised South Yorkshire manufacturing company Naylor Industries on two transactions: the acquisition of Amco Plastics by Naylor Drainage and Naylor Gardenware’s acquisition of Clough Mill. Amco Plastics is a manufacturer of plastic extrusions and flexible ducting supplying a range of sectors including the leisure, cable, flooring, DIY, mining and tunnelling […]

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Stephenson Harwood picks up BLP finance partner Marks

Stephenson Harwood is hiring partner Lisa Marks from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), where she has been a partner in the finance practice since 2008. Marks specialises in leasing and asset finance, and much of her work has a cross-border or project finance element. She has particular expertise in finance agreements for rolling stock, data centre […]

‘Google AdWords litigation’ between Marks & Spencer and Interflora

On 21 May, Arnold J in the High Court delivered his judgment in the ‘Google AdWords’ litigation between Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Interflora. This article summarises the High Court decision but also asks where that decision leaves comparative advertising — something of a forgotten man in this litigation. Applying the reasoning of the European Court, […]

Loose changes in the City

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have gone public with their results, showing the shock news that Freshfields has pipped its magic circle rival in the revenue stakes with a 7.2 per cent rise to £1.139bn. Linklaters figures are kind of up and kind of down: it has reported a 1 per cent like-for-like rise in […]

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FFW enters Asia through Shanghai tie-up under new Swiss Verein

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has sealed a Chinese tie-up that gives the firm its first major outpost in Asia and ramps up its capacity for fast international expansion through a newly launched Swiss Verein. The firm’s combination with Shanghai’s Ryser & Associates goes live today (8 July) and sees FFW merge its branding and some […]

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