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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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Heller Ehrman hires DLA Piper IP partner

Heller Ehrman has recruited IP partner Richard Penfold from DLA Piper to boost its year-old London office as speculation over an impending merger with Baker & McKenzie persists. Penfold’s move represents continued growth in Heller Ehrman’s London office, which opened in early 2007 and now has 24 lawyers, including 11 partners. London partner Richard Eaton […]

DLA review sees five TMC lawyers redundant

DLA Piper is conducting a firmwide review of staffing levels, resulting in five redundancies in the firm’s technology, media and ­communications (TMC) group. The layoffs, which were all in London, include three assistants, a legal director and an associate. The cuts, which were all voluntary, coincided with the loss of IP partner Richard Penfold, who […]

Carey oversees Guernsey

Offshore firm Carey Olsen has acted on the first Guernsey special purpose acquisition company (Spac) to be listed on Euronext Amsterdam. Carey Olsen advocate Tom Carey worked with Weil Gotshal & Manges capital markets partner James Cole to advise Spac Germany1 Acquisition on its recent listing, which raised e250m (£197.72m). Germany1 now aims to buy […]

Lost in the post

Nowadays it’s so easy for vast quantities of data to leave the workplace – on CDs and DVDs, on laptops, on USB sticks. Inevitably some of it is mislaid, lost or stolen. When two CDs went astray containing personal details of 25 million people, businesses realised that if confidential data is going to leave the […]

McDermott loses two partners as 2Birds swoops

McDermott Will & Emery has lost the head of its Brussels office after Bird & Bird poached a two-­partner competition team from the US firm. José Rivas, who was head of the Brussels competition team, as well as managing partner of McDermott’s Brussels office, has joined Bird & Bird’s competition group along with EU law […]

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