Social entrepreneurs’ influence on industry practices

The Global Economy has a history of operating in a profit-loss bubble, unmoved by the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) consequences of its singular focus. That bubble has been slowly thinning for more than a decade, and recently, partially due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, it has arguably burst.

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This report sets out our Lex Mundi member firms’ insights and predictions for 2021 in respect of mergers and acquisitions, including key concerns facing private company M&A practitioners, deal activity by market segment and sector, in their respective jurisdictions.

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This checklist is the result of ongoing consultations with General Counsel about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming both their business and the regulatory environment, creating unforeseen demands on corporate legal functions. Increasingly General Counsel are called upon to guide boards, c-suites, coworkers, and external stakeholders through AI-related ethical and legal risks arising from customer and supplier relations, internal operations, and regulatory action. In particular, AI requires an ethical and governance framework that is supported at board level and across the business.

Big Data and Big Brother: How general counsel cope with artificial intelligence in an era of economic nationalism

According to the 2019 Lex Mundi Summit keynote speaker, Professor Olaf Groth, the emerging geopolitical order will not be determined as in the past with hard military assets and occupation of physical territory, but by AI capabilities used to manipulate real world outcomes through cyberspace. Already we are seeing a competition for preponderance of AI capabilities to magnify the influence of competing social-ideological systems. Much is at stake.

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On 24 December 2020, the UK officially left the European Union and, under the Brexit agreement, is now a third country to the EU, outside both the single market and customs union. The change means that UK-EU cross-border business activities are now subject to a number of trade barriers, including adjusted and strengthened border controls and additional administrative work.

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The Finance (Tax Appeals) Act, 2015 introduced a new architecture for the hearing and determination of tax appeals. Amongst other changes, the Tax Appeals Commission (the “TAC”) replaced the Appeal Commissioners, with appeals directly to the High Court only on question(s) of law arising from the TAC’s determination (a ‘case stated’), rather than to the Circuit Court on the basis of a full rehearing of the tax appeal.

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The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods came into effect on April 26, 2021. It serves as a foundation document for the formation of a regional system within EAEU territory.

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In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.

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