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Acquisition agreements during Covid-19

Given the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is timely for us to look closely at material adverse change clauses in the context of a business acquisition.

Capital market trends and expectations for 2021

It has certainly been a profound start to a new decade thus far, and after the events of 2020, what have we noticed in terms of new stock exchange listing trends and what do we anticipate for this current calendar year?

The new how: thriving on change

The world is changing. At lightning-fast speed. This white paper, prepared as part of The Lawyer’s Smarter Working Week, looks at the main drivers for change in more detail and how you can prepare for ‘change3’.


Banco bonus

Spain’s legal market is emerging from the downturn in good shape thanks mainly to the government’s move to restructure the country’s financial services sector. A cross Europe law firms have been riding the turmoil of the past two years on a wave of restructuring and contentious work. Wherever you turn, the story is the same. […]


Competition: 02

Edward Smith In January O2 UK head of legal Edward Smith finally got the news he had been waiting months, if not years, for: UK telecoms regulator Ofcom had given so-called refarming the go-ahead. The move means the lower frequencies used by mobile phone operators for basic ­second generation (2G) ­services, such as making calls […]

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 […]


Focus: Energy M&A – Texas tea party

The energy sector is booming and in scouting out opportunities in Houston and challenging the Lone Star State’s incumbent players, some of the planet’s biggest firms are hot on the trail  It is known as the ’shale gale’, a gust of energy-related change blowing across the North American oil and gas industry. Shale, a […]

Joan Devine

On the move

Scottish commercial property firm Bell & Scott has hired Joan Devine (left) as its ­property ­litigation head. Move of the week She joins from DLA Piper, where she led the litigation and ­regulatory group. Devine has more than 20 years’ ­experience in commercial disputes, with ­particular expertise in insolvency and ­property litigation, and is recognised […]

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