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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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Freshfields pays €10m in cum-ex settlement

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made a voluntary payment of €10m, bringing to an end a long-running probe launched by the German authorities into “cum-ex” tax transactions. The firm had come under scrutiny from the Frankfurt authorities over cum-ex trading, a controversial practice that was prohibited in Germany in 2012. Investigators have since been probing deals carried […]

Barrister of the week: Doughty Street’s Adam Wagner

Ever since his first Twitter thread on 15 March 2020, which set out the impending impact of coronavirus on human rights, Adam Wagner has provided a fundamental public service. By tracking and explaining the ever-changing regulations relating to the pandemic, the Doughty Street Chambers‘ junior has helped individuals keep up with new and complex laws. […]

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Osborne Clarke adds VC heft with six-strong team hire

Osborne Clarke has hired a team led by two partners in its London corporate practice, bringing in specialists from Penningtons Manches Cooper. The firm has attracted venture capital partners Rob Hayes and Justin Starling, who focus on deals happening in the tech and life sciences sphere. They will join the firm’s Reading office alongside a […]

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