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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.


Eversheds advises Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad on cash offer for EPO

Eversheds has advised Malaysia’s third-largest listed plantation company, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), on a $21.3m (£13m) cash offer for Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO), which will enable it to gain a foothold in Liberia’s palm oil sector. KLK had originally acquired a 20.1 per cent stake in London-listed EPO and a 50 per cent stake […]


Weil left with one City tax partner as Ropes picks up tax ace Brenda Coleman

Weil Gotshal & Manges has been left with one tax partner in London after Ropes & Gray hired its star tax partner Brenda Coleman. Coleman will take up her new role on Monday (16 December) after five years at the firm, which she joined in 2008 from Allen & Overy (A&O). She spent 11 years […]

A truly great lawyer

Legendary advocate Sir Sydney Kentridge QC has now gone part-time at the age of 90. In the early part of his career in South Africa he was on the defence team representing Nelson Mandela in the 1958 treason trial. He later represented the Biko family of the inquest of the black consciousness leader. Biko’s champion […]

Mandatory exchange trading for swaps

By Byungkwon Lim, Emilie T Hsu and Aaron J Levy Beginning early next year, market participants may be required to execute certain interest rate swaps and credit default swaps on a designated contract market (DCM) or swap execution facility (SEF), rather than entering into such swaps over the counter. This trade execution requirement does not […]

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Clifford Chance and A&O win lead roles on Merck’s £1.6bn acquisition of AZ

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst and Clifford Chance have advised on German drugs and chemicals group Merck’s £1.6bn acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials. The transaction for the chemicals company – manufacturer of the chemicals used in electronic devices including smartphones, flatscreen TVs and iPads – is among the largest bids of 2013. AZ is incorporated […]

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