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Dishonesty: A change of approach

On 29th April 2020, following the decision in the case of R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575, the Court of Appeal identified that the two-limb test for dishonesty as identified in the case Ghosh, is no longer the approach to be taken.

Cybersecurity requirements for licensees

Entities regulated under the Insurance Law will need to implement cybersecurity measures in proportion to their cyber risk profile by 27 November 2020 following the release of the Rule and Statement of Guidance on Cybersecurity for Regulated Entities by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 27 May 2020.

Wirecard – has the German financial regulator lost its immunity?

The German regulator BaFin is being sued for abuse of authority following one of the biggest fraud scandals of the decade with German payment processor, Wirecard AG, filing for insolvency owing €3.5bn and its chief executive arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and market manipulation. This article explores the situation and considers the need for change.

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On the move

Maclay Murray & Spens has boosted its London corporate capabilities with the lateral hire of Darius Lewington as a partner. Move of the week He joins from Pinsent Masons’ London office, where he was a relationship partner for a number of US and other multinational ­companies. Formerly with Allen & Overy, Lewington advises on a […]

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Martineau launches in Brussels as it ramps up energy focus

Martineau senior partner Andrew Whitehead is to launch the firm in Brussels after signing a strategic collaboration with German law firm, Becker Büttner Held (BBH). Whitehead, who currently heads the firm’s energy practice, will transfer to Brussels along with partners Peter Manford, who heads the firm’s commerce group and James Dilley, who leads the competition […]

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Boutiques step in where mid-tier fears to tread

The conflict-free firms taking full advantage of the litigation boom by acting against rivals’ prize clients. The economic pressures of the recession have led to the ­emergence of a group of firms that are trumpeting their enthusiasm for suing financial institutions. With mid-tier firms mostly locked out of this lucrative market due to conflicts, these […]

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BLG and Clydes head to Libya to iron out property headaches

Merger partners Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Clyde & Co will send a representative to Libya next week in a bid to extricate BLG from its lease on a London office building owned by the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (Lafico). BLG plans to move out of its own City office in Beaufort House […]

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 […]

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