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Loading NIS directive 2.0 for higher cybersecurity protection

Given that the landscape of threats has significantly expanded, it comes as no surprise that the European Commission has proposed a revised version of the Directive concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union.


Lone Star state of mind

If the capital markets of London and New York first powered the rise of global law firms, then the energy and natural resources market will drive the next stage of their development. As The Lawyer has documented over the past year, this has made Calgary and Perth unlikely new stops on managing partners’ itineraries, and […]

Cleary, CC, Dewey wrap up Finmeccanica divestment

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance and Dewey & LeBoeuf all landed roles on Finmeccanica’s sale of Ansaldo Energia. Italian industrial group Finmeccanica, which also has interests in defence and aviation, sold power engineering business Ansaldo Energia to new holding company Ansaldo Electric Drives. US fund First Reserve Corporation then bought a 45 per […]


This section can be summarised by one question: how do companies get finance when bank lending remains stagnant? After the credit crunch rocked the money markets in 2008 ­traditional forms of financing became scarce. Despite net bank lending to businesses rising by £4.4bn in January 2011 – after a massive £34bn drop the month before […]

Freshfields boosts Paris office with Paul Hastings team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has swooped on the Paris office of Paul Hastings to the hire a three-strong public law team headed by partner Pascal Cuche. Counsel Marc Lordonnois and senior associate Karine Debaecker will join Cuche at Freshfields from early April. Cuche specialises in PPP and infrastructure projects, with particular expertise on accommodation PPPs. The […]

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CAT demolishes OFT’s fines against construction companies

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ordered the OFT to reduce fines imposed against six construction companies found to have breached price-fixing rules. In September 2009 103 construction companies were found to have participated in the price-fixing scam, with the OFT issuing penalties totalling £129.5m against them. The OFT found that between 2000 and 2006 the […]

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