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Navigating a new reality in the client-empowered era

To thrive in the new era of the empowered client, law firms must make investments designed to modernise the way they run their firms and service their clients. This requires changing culture, developing new competencies, and operationalising new ways of working. Innovative technologies are key enablers to accelerating rms’ transformations in these areas. New research […]

Procurement and state aid update: preparing for Brexit

By David Kilduff, Richard Auton or Richard Butterworth On 13 September 2018, the UK government published further guidance on the future of public procurement in the UK in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. What next for UK public procurement? Under current rules, all procurement opportunities that fall within the scope of the EU procurement […]

Third-party redevelopment – Landlord may oppose tenant’s lease renewal

By Matthew Lonergan, Lucy Shepherd A recent case has confirmed that a landlord was entitled to oppose its tenant’s lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 where redevelopment of the site was to be undertaken by a third party. Background The case of Santander UK PLC v LPS Estates Ltd concerned the security of […]

Data protection: sunset of £500k, dawn of GDPR enforcement and horizon of Brexit

By JP Buckley In just a short space of time, the ever-evolving world of data protection and cyber has seen yet more change: 1. Potentially one of the last enforcement actions under the Data Protection Act 1998 against Equifax – and a maximum £500,000 fine for them for failing to secure UK citizens’ personal data against […]

Officer of judgment debtor can be committed for failure to provide information – CoA

Deutsche Bank AG v Mr Alexander Vik [2018] EWCA Civ 2011 This judgment is the latest instalment in the long-running litigation between Deutsche Bank (“DB”) and the Monaco-based billionaire, Alexander Vik. In 2008, Mr Vik’s personal investment vehicle, Sebastian Holdings, Inc. (“SHI”), incurred huge debts to DB after it made a series of heavily loss […]

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Weil and White & Case bag Investec CDO roles

Weil Gotshal & Manges and White & Case have secured roles on Investec’s first collateralised debt obligation (CDO) as the financial services group launches an assault on the market. Investec priced its debut cash collateralised loan obligation (CLO) earlier this month. It issued E300m (£206.9m) of new notes backed by high-yield loans from its own […]

Institute of Arbitrators and Disputes Panel forge alliance

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the City Disputes Panel are to pool resources in a new cooperative agreement announced today (16 March). The agreement is for an initial three-year period and will see the City Disputes Panel move from its current Fleet Street offices to the institute’s headquarters in Bloomsbury. The two organisations, which […]

Fulbright bolsters London projects with Vinson hire

Fulbright & Jaworski’s London office has bolstered its projects capacity with two high-profile hires from Vinson & Elkins and Denton Wilde Sapte. The firm has poached rated UK project finance lawyer Christopher Clement-Davies from US rival Vinson, where he spent the past seven years. Former Denton Wilde Sapte international managing partner David Moroney also joined […]

Cleary and Wachtell help to create banking giant

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have helped to create one of the US’s largest banking institutions after advising on Capital One Financial’s $14.6bn (£8.4bn) acquisition of North Fork Bank. Capital One will acquire North Fork through a mixture of equity and cash. North Fork shareholders will receive cash or […]

Freshfields director quits as finance teams merge

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s central management has seen its first shake-up since the election of Guy Morton as senior partner. Last week the partners were told that managing director Kirk Stephenson had resigned from the firm to pursue other career opportunities. Stephenson joined the firm in 1999 as finance director and, at one point, was seen […]

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