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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts be relied on?

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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California’s Silicon Valley remains the Holy Grail for tech titans, for Tokyo’s rising number of start-ups as well as those on the West Coast. Which explains why this week, Tokyo’s TMI Associates has become the first Japanese firm to plant a base in Silicon Valley. Despite being one of Japan’s faster-growing firms, this is a […]

Shoosmiths teams up with RBS and KPMG for Thames Valley Business Leaders’ Dinner

Shoosmiths recently teamed up with RBS and KPMG for the Thames Valley Business Leaders’ Dinner in Reading. The event, held at the Hilton hotel, brought together business leaders from across the region to exchange views, share best practice and learn from each other. More than 150 guests heard from keynote speaker John Pienaar, broadcaster and […]

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The Chinese legal market: answers to the key questions

What is the state of mind among foreign firms operating in China? What are their main concerns about the market and how are their Chinese counterparts faring? If you are still seeking the answers, look no further. This week, The Lawyer’s industry commentator Robert Lewis provides an illuminating insight into some intimate discussions among 12 […]

LK Shields advises WHW Bakeries in acquisition of Irish Pride

LK Shields Solicitors has advised WHW Bakeries in its acquisition of the Irish Pride bakery business. The complex transaction, which included bank funding, completed successfully at the end of April 2014. Irish Pride Bakeries is an Irish manufacturer of branded and own-label bread products, which it sells nationwide to a range of customers, with sales in excess […]

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