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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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Cleary and Shearman lead on $7bn Petrobras bond deal

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Shearman & Sterling have both scooped roles advising on Brazilian oil giant Petrobras’s up to $7bn bond issue. The deal, which saw Petrobras and Petrobras International Finance Company (Pifco) sell $1.25bn of three-year notes and $1.75bn of five-year bonds on Wednesday, marks the biggest fixed income offering by a […]

SNR Denton’s US business grows profit and revenue in 2011

SNR Denton has posted positive results in the US side of the business on all the key metrics for the 2011 financial year. Gross revenue rose 4.4 per cent to $474.5m while average profit per equity partner was up by 6.7 per cent to $880,000. Headcount also rose in the US by 2.5 per cent […]

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DLA Piper global revenue hits $2.25bn in record year

DLA Piper’s revenue reached an all-time last year, with its year-end financials for 2011 revealing a global gross revenue of $2.25bn (£1.42bn). Average profit per equity partner rose almost 8 per cent to $1.225m (£773,000) while the firm’s profit margin crept up from 24 to 25 per cent. The international firm credited some of the […]

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