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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.



CoA orders Sebastian Holdings to pay $250m to Deutsche Bank or lose appeal

The Court of Appeal has threatened to strike out Travers Smith client Sebastian Holdings’ (SHI) appeal against Deutsche Bank unless it pays over $250m to the bank. The Turks & Caicos registered company owes Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Deutsche Bank over £146m after losing an $8bn counterclaim against the bank last year but has not […]

Shearman’s Yukos: the epic pay day

Big days don’t come much bigger than the one Shearman & Sterling enjoyed late last week, when the firm triumphed in its decade-long, $50bn arbitration battle for Yukos shareholders against the Russian state. But there were other numbers that, while not quite as big, are almost as impressive. As we reported in our Behind The […]

Magic numbers

The Big Four have revealed their results in the space of a week, and it’s good reading for partners at those mega-firms. Freshfields still maintains top spot in PEP, but more pleasing for the big firms is top-line growth. Check out our analysis of the magic circle’s performance over ten years. 2013/14 financials: a decade […]

DLA Piper advises Australian Department of Defence on IBM contract

DLA Piper has advised the Australian government’s Department of Defence on the completion of a AUD264m (£146m) contract for hardware and software services with IBM. DLA Piper partner Caroline Atkins, senior associate Chris Headon and solicitor Daniella Gennari have been working with the department on its major information technology vendor programme for a number of […]


LCH Clearnet hires Freshfields senior associate as new general counsel

London Stock Exchange-owned clearing house LCH Clearnet has hired Diane Bouwmeester as its group general counsel and head of compliance. Bouwmeester steps into the role from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she has been a senior associate since 2007. She becomes the first person to hold the newly-established general counsel and compliance head position at LCH […]

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