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Zuckerberg and the Facebook ad boycott how will it end

The #StopHateforProfit campaign was launched just over two weeks ago, on 17 June 2020, with a striking advert in the LA Times asserting that Facebook had “allowed incitement to violence against protestors fighting for racial justice in America.” The campaign urged advertisers to hit Facebook in their pockets and withdraw their advertising from the site in the month July. […]

Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]


Nick Thomas

Kennedys reverses decision on banning bonuses

Kennedys is to pay bonuses at the financial year-end after telling lawyers last year that they would no longer receive the package. In March last year staff were told that the salary enhancement scheme would be abandoned at the 2009-10 year end in favour of a salary rise for all (30 March 2009). At the […]


Clifford Chance advises bookrunners on OHL’s high yield issue

Clifford Chance has advised the bookrunners in a €700m (£601.09) high yield issue by Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL), one of Spain’s leading construction groups. The deal featured a US-style high yield covenant package. While such covenants have traditionally been the domain of US firms, Clifford Chance partner Stephen Roith, who led the team working on […]

Milbank launches European antitrust practice with SJ Berwin hire

SJ Berwin has lost its German head of EU and competition after Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy swooped for Alexander Rinne to launch its own European antitrust practice. Rinne, who will be joined at Milbank’s Munich office by associates Andreas Boos and Tatjana Muehlbach, has been with SJ Berwin since 2001. The departure leaves the […]

Trio of Payne Hicks partners form spin-off private client boutique

Three Payne Hicks Beach private client partners will leave the firm next month to set up a boutique private client practice. Louise Stoten, a partner at Payne Hicks for the last 10 years, will set up New Quadrant Partners along with partners Marcus Parker and Jane Bennett, who both joined the firm last year. They […]

A&O and CC win key roles on Man Group’s £1.1bn GLG buyout

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance joined a trio of US firms on Man Group’s $1.6bn (£1.1bn) acquisition of hedge fund GLG partners in a deal that has seen the creation of a combined entity with $63bn of assets under management. The tie-up has reportedly increased the value of Man’s portfolio by around 50 […]

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