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Visa’s Acquisition of Plaid – Who Benefits Most?

Now that the deal, announced at the beginning of the year, has finally been cleared, what do Plaid and Visa stand to gain from it? Simon De Broise examines the likely impact of the acquisition on the two companies and the financial sector as a whole.

Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”

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Students face heavy competition for vacation places as firms slash schemes

Despite many law firms becoming more optimistic about the end of the ­recession, would-be lawyers looking to secure a vacation scheme in 2010 will be ­facing a tougher battle as firms reduce their placement numbers. Clare Harris Earlier this year many law firms announced that they would be scrapping several of their planned vacation schemes […]

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Phoenix from the ashes

Remember the heady boom days, when deals were ten a penny and time was hard to find? While countless acquisitions were rushed through in record time, it looks like Eversheds could be taking the heat for the legal sector in terms of cutting corners on the due diligence front.

Law firms join Lawyers for Young People access to justice scheme

A group of law firms has signed up to a new service aimed at giving young ­people access to legal advice. The pilot scheme is being run by the Children’s ­Society in Lambeth, Camden and Colchester, with a nationwide rollout planned for next year. The scheme enables ­children to call or email the Lawyers For Young People […]

West assured

Diminishing corporate and real estate deals have taken the biggest toll on the West End players, but as Kit Chellel finds, a fighting spirit prevails They get to eat in the best restaurants, drink in the hippest bars and act for the most glamorous clients. Yet partners at West End firms have taken a hammering […]

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