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Stock IPO

Exclusive: Axiom weighs up IPO after years of deliberation

Flexible legal resources provider Axiom is considering an initial public offering in a bid to turbocharge the company’s growth, The Lawyer understands. Sources close to the matter claim that the firm’s internal talks are reaching a head after several years of deliberation. An Axiom spokesperson said today: “Axiom does not comment on rumours or market speculation”. […]

Brazil

HFW strengthens LatAm presence with new Brazilian association

HFW has announced a new formal association with Brazilian firm CAL, while also hiring aviation partner Julio Costa from Mayer Brown‘s associate firm in the South American country. Costa left Tauil & Chequer Advogados to set up CAL alongside insurance partner Gustavo Lasalvia and six fee-earners. The new firm is expected to gain regulatory approval […]

Chicago

White & Case targets US growth by 2020 with Chicago launch

White & Case is making good on its promise to expand in the US, launching its second new office in the country this year. The firm is to open its doors in Chicago hiring Greenberg Traurig private equity partner Gary Silverman and former White & Case white collar associate Carolyn Gurland, who has been working […]

Money

Kirkland enters associate pay battle with “one time summer bonus”

Kirkland & Ellis has waded into the battle for US associate pay, joining trendsetter Cravath Swaine & Moore in offering the highest rates to its most senior lawyers. Kirkland is also paying a “one time special summer bonus” this year to US associates and its non-share partners, which is understood to reach up to $25,000. An […]

financial

Quinn matches Cravath with $340,000 salary for top-end associates

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan will pay top-end associates $340,000 a year as the battle between US firms for the best talent rages on, it has emerged. The pay scale announced by Quinn matches Cravath Swaine & Moore’s figures released earlier this week, as US firms continue to up the stakes in associate remuneration. Milbank Tweed […]

Simpson Thacher hands out $25K bonuses as rivals debate associate pay

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has become the first law firm to follow Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s surprise increase in associate salaries, with further bonuses announced for its lawyers worldwide. The scale at Simpson will match Milbank’s, it was announced yesterday. This means first year associates will pick up $190,000 while lawyers with eight years […]

Analysis

Featured Briefings

New mandatory breach reporting under the Alberta Health Information Act

By Krista Schofer Alberta’s Health Information Act (HIA) outlines the rules for the collection, use and disclosure of health information that is in the custody or under the control of a “custodian” — a defined term in the HIA, which includes Alberta Health Services and health professionals such as physicians and dentists who are regulated […]

Investigative powers under Alberta’s new OHS Act

By Maxell Brunette, Alison Gray and Bruce Graham On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “New Act”) came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have […]

Canadian government passes Cannabis Act

The legalisation of recreational cannabis in Canada is official, as the Cannabis Act has advanced through the final federal government House of Commons and Senate reviews. Following a lengthy list of proposed amendments from the Senate following its third reading, the House of Commons and Senate agreed on a refined draft of the legislation that […]

Five lessons from our general counsel community

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Apperio invited a selection of clients, General Counsel and corporate Legal Operations professionals to benchmark the adoption of technology in legal departments. The group discussed the cultural and commercial challenges of technology. Here are five of the most interesting lessons learned…

Canada: Changes to daily operations under amended Occupational Health and Safety Act

On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have been made: the changes to day-to-day operations of an employer to […]

Canada: new occupational health and safety act expands scope of employer duties

On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have been made: the expansion of the types of entities that have […]

Tech industry faces data security crisis as global protectionism grows

Data protectionism is on the rise across global technology networks and could be stunting tech growth and development, according to a report by Gowling WLG. According to the report, some of the world’s most successful technology economies, including Finland, Sweden, Korea, The Netherlands, UK and Canada, are susceptible to protectionist policies. All but the USA […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

CFIA publishes safe food for Canadians regulation

Today, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published the much­anticipated Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), which complements the Safe Food for Canadians Act passed in 2012. The regulations are scheduled to come into force on January 15, 2019…

Autonomous vehicles: Tracking UK investors perceptions

This is the third in a series of thought leadership reports produced by Gowling WLG and Explain the Market, tracking the perceptions of both private and professional investors when it comes to investing in autonomous vehicles (AVs). The purpose of this white paper is to present our results for Q3, whilst showing how perceptions have […]

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