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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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CC sets up joint venture with Japanese law firm

Clifford Chance is extending its Asian practice by forming a joint venture in Japan. The move will give the magic circle firm one of the biggest joint ventures in the country. Its Tokyo office already has 28 fee-earners, five of which are partners. The partner firm will be Tanaka & Akita, which is being created […]

Real Estate

Chelsfield sells 1 Golden Lane for £41m to an unnamed Middle Eastern investment company and pre-lets Bankside-based Riverside House office development to the Financial Times Group. Chelsfield represented on both the sale and pre-letting by SJ Berwin (John Eldridge). On the lease agreement for Chelsfield, construction advice by CMS Cameron McKenna and planning advice by […]

Lib Dem leader attacks use of Slaughters

Manchester City Council is under attack from the local leader of the Liberal Democrats for its decision to use Slaughter and May as its legal adviser. Following a report in The Lawyer (12 February), councillor Simon Ashley has sent an email to the city solicitor requesting details on why the work was not tendered, the […]

Screen savers

Over the past couple of years, an online dealroom has become the must-have accessory for the City’s finest. To date, though, there has been very little feedback on their success or client interest. And while some predict that the online dealroom will soon become the workplace norm, for many others the question is, what do […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Interactive entertainment software company Warthog is admitted to AIM with a capitalisation of £18m and proceeds of £5m. Warthog advised by Halliwell Landau (Nigel Brown). Anite Group acquires Calculus Solutions, a provider of customer care and billing software solutions to telecoms companies, for a maximum of £50m, dependant on Calculus meeting profit targets. Anite advised […]

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