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10 stumbling blocks in a business exit

Every business exit is different and a seller’s requirements will vary depending on the nature of their target business, the parties involved and the wider commercial climate. Even so, common issues crop up regularly.


Hot 100 career quiz: WFW’s Rebecca Williams

Name: Rebecca Williams Firm: Watson Farley & Williams Role: Partner Year qualified: 1997 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I qualified in Australia in 1997 and practised in New South Wales for four and a half years before moving to the UK in 2001.  I have many […]

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Shearman hires Freshfields veteran for strategic help

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ex-corporate chief Simon Marchant is joining Shearman & Sterling as a senior adviser on firm and client strategy. Marchant joins Shearman after two years away from the magic circle firm, which he retired from in 2018. This is his second strategic gig at a law firm, travelling out to Australia over 2018/19 […]

Attorney General accused of “cronyism” over off-panel Brexit advice

The Prime Minister’s Attorney General is facing criticism over her decision to seek advice on planned changes to the Withdrawal Agreement from individuals not on the UK Government’s panels, including a “baby barrister” from Brick Court. The debate concerns advice given to Suella Braverman and solicitor general Michael Ellis, who provided legal opinion on government legislation […]

FTSE 100 tech group hires new legal chief

FTSE 100 technology company Halma has appointed a new general counsel from BP. Funmi Adegoke takes on the top legal role following the departure of its inaugural GC Ruwan De Soyza in April. As Halma’s sole lawyer, Adegoke will have global responsibility for its legal and compliance affairs, as well as overseeing the company secretariat […]

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