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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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Former Freshfields partner to appeal SDT decision in the High Court

Ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ryan Beckwith is to appeal the £35,000 fine handed down by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last year.  In his SDT hearing last year, Beckwith was found to have initiated and/or engaged in sexual activity with Person A in circumstances in which he was in a position of seniority and/or authority. The […]

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US firms in London get lead roles on Blackstone’s student housing purchase

Kirkland & Ellis, Jones Day, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Gowling WLG have all picked up roles on Blackstone’s acquisition of iQ Student Accommodation for $4.7bn. The deal, which is said to be the UK’s largest-ever private real estate transaction, had been in play since late last year when Blackstone is understood to have first […]

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