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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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MoFo ramps up lateral hiring strategy with Kirkland hire

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has brought in a new partner from Kirkland & Ellis to develop its international arbitration capabilities in London, the latest in a series of hires for the firm. The firm has hired partner Chiraag Shah, who has spent over 12 years in the arbitration and litigation group of the US powerhouse […]

Kirkland and Baker Botts advise BP on sale of Alaskan operations

Kirkland & Ellis and Baker Botts have landed advisory roles on BP’s sale of its Alaska business to US energy company Hilcorp. Hilcorp’s acquisition of the business from BP for $5.6bn ends the British oil company’s 60-year presence in America’s most northerly state. Hilcorp will take over BP’s exploration and production business, as well as […]

Kirkland among US firms acting on $90bn pharma merger

Kirkland & Ellis, Sullivan & Cromwell and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer are the firms involved in the latest deal between US pharmaceutical giants, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene and Amgen, valued at $13.4bn. The deal is related to the $90bn merger between the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene, announced in January, and the sale of Celgene’s skin […]

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Kirkland’s former London head James Learner to retire

The former head of Kirkland & Ellis’s London office is due to retire at the end of 2018. James Learner has been at the US firm since 1987, starting out in Chicago, and in London since 2000. Besides being a corporate private equity partner, he also served on Kirkland’s 15-member global management committee. He left […]

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Kirkland and Travers land roles on BC Partners’ software deal

Kirkland & Ellis has represented BC Partners on its investment into UK software company Advanced, in the firm’s latest advisory role for the private equity house. The US firm fielded a team that included partners David Higgins, Rory Mullarkey and Tom Bartram. Last September, Higgins advised BC Partners on its agreement to acquire majority ownership […]

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