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How pro bono is making me a better lawyer

There are many opportunities to get involved with pro bono and several reasons why it is a good idea to do so. Verity discusses the pro bono opportunities she has been involved in and how they have strengthened her ability as a trainee solicitor.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l August 2020

Welcome to the August edition of Schoenherr’s to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter! We are excited to present a selection of legal developments in the area of technology & digitalisation in the wider CEE region.

GC roundtable: How to communicate with impact in a virtual world

As most of us are still working from home, we are communicating virtually for long periods every day, with diverse groups of people from different cultures, forums and time zones. We are continuing our usual work tasks and commitments, but now having to deliver meetings and presentations as well as communicate a host of difficult messages.


Mayer Brown JSM bulks up Beijing as Singapore base opens  

Mayer Brown JSM has added two lawyers to its Beijing office on the same day its new Singapore base officially opens. Nancy Chang, who until now has been a deputy division head of the Anti-Monopoly Bureau at China’s Ministry of Commerce, joins the firm as government relations advisor while Zhen Han joins as a corporate […]

BBC Worldwide: will retain editorial interests in sold-off titles

City quartet pitch in on £121m sale of BBC magazine portfolio

Hogan Lovells, Olswang, SJ Berwin and Travers Smith won advisory roles on BBC Worldwide’s £121m sale of magazine titles including Radio Times and Top Gear to Exponent ­Private Equity. The deal sees Exponent acquire 11 BBC magazines including Radio Times, olive and Gardens Illustrated. The private equity house will acquire the licence to 18 further […]

Act of disunion

The merger talks between Scottish-headquartered Dundas & Wilson and wee Bircham Dyson Bell have come to a conclusion, just two short weeks after both parties came clean about their mutual interest. And that conclusion is… thanks, but no thanks (see story).Officially, Dundas and Bircham have both said that they are still keen to work together […]

Work Life Quiz: Vicky Sandry, BSkyB

What was your first-ever job? Saturday shop assistant in a village pharmacy. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Being invited to a ­completion as a bag carrier and actually having to carry the bags. The ­champagne did offset the humiliation somewhat. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out […]

The Dexia Tower in Brussels

Cleary and Stibbe lead advice as Dexia is broken up

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick and Stibbe have secured lead roles on the break-up of struggling Franco-Belgian bank Dexia. The three firms all acted on the 2008 €6.4bn (£5.6bn) bailout by the Belgian government of Dexia and have retained the same positions as the state moves to acquire the bank’s retail […]

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