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EU-US Privacy Shield for data transfers ruled as invalid

The Office of the Data Protection Authority in Guernsey (ODPA) has warned companies in the Bailiwick to be aware of the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgment which affects all businesses who transfer personal data outside of the Bailiwick and the European Union (EU).

Recognition and Assistance for PRC Insolvency in Hong Kong

Synopsis A recent case in Hong Kong, has demonstrated both the ability and willingness of common law courts to recognise insolvency appointments made by the courts of the People’s Republic of China (‘PRC’), and to grant appropriate assistance at common law. It is to be hoped that this proven track record will pave the way for easier recognition of common law court appointed liquidators in PRC, where, unlike in common law countries, such recognition is subject to the principle of reciprocity.

New LCIA Arbitration Rules: In force on 1 October 2020

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) recently released its updated arbitration rules (the “2020 Rules”) which will come into force from 1 October 2020 and will apply to any arbitration commenced under the auspices of the LCIA on or after this date. The 2020 Rules, in the LCIA’s own words, aim to make the arbitral processes “even more streamlined and clear” for arbitrators and parties alike. We summarise nine key changes and one omission.


Partner exits down to strategy update rather than discontent, says NCTM

Italian independent NCTM is remaining defiant in the wake of a series of partner departures, arguing that it can bear the losses and is continuing to grow. The firm also announced that it was bringing on board a six-strong shipping practice in a unique move for the ­Italian ­market. The recent string of ­losses for NCTM began last […]

2Birds scores SNR Denton energy duo

Bird & Bird has hired corporate and energy partners Matt Bonass and Michael Rudd to its international energy and ­utilities sector group. The pair will be based in the firm’s London office. They join from SNR Denton, where they led the climate change, renewables and cleantech group. Co-international ­energy head John Drake said: “We’re very […]

On the move

SNR Denton has made a double partner-level swoop on HBJ Gateley Wareing’s ­construction team. Move of the week Head of construction ­Alastair Young (left) and partner Andrew Jones (right) have both joined the SNR Denton’s litigation and arbitration department and will work across the Milton Keynes and London offices. “We’ve been looking to further strengthen […]

Competition: 3

Stephen Lerner  For Stephen Lerner, general counsel and director of regulatory affairs at mobile phone operator 3, the past 12 months have been extraordinarily busy. ­Landing on his desk have been T-Mobile’s merger with Orange (3 has a ­network-sharing agreement with T-Mobile), spectrum auctions, and refarming and roaming – all alongside a raft of […]

Baker Botts takes on 32 Howrey antitrust lawyers

Baker Botts has hired 32 antitrust lawyers from Howrey, the US firm that this week voted to dissolve. The Texan firm has picked up nine partners including the co-chair of Howrey’s antitrust practice group Sean Boland along with two former US assistant attorney generals, James Rill and William Reynolds. “This is a world-class group of […]

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