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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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Penningtons Manches bags “Goldilocks merger” with Thomas Cooper

Penningtons Manches is to merge with London shipping specialist Thomas Cooper to create a £90m firm, the latest development in ongoing mid-tier consolidation. The merger is due to go live on 31 June and the combined firm will be known as Penningtons Manches Cooper. Thomas Cooper managing partner Tim Kelleher will join the management board […]

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Penningtons enters Birmingham with Pinsents hire

Penningtons Manches, which last year made it into the top 50 law firms of The Lawyer UK 200, is to set up shop in Birmingham, joining the likes of Squire Patton Boggs, Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher. The firm’s new Birmingham office will be led by real estate partner Joel Kordan, who leaves Pinsent Masons’ partnership […]

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Penningtons’ debt rocketed by 129 per cent in year of Manches takeover

Penningtons more than doubled its debt in the year it took over cash-strapped Manches, with a number of its partners giving personal guarantees that the loans would be repaid. LLP accounts filed with Companies House this week reveal that the firm’s short-term debt went from £5.9m at the end of 2012/13 to £13.5m at the […]

Penningtons Manches joins the race to the Golden Gate Bridge

Penningtons Manches has announced the opening of its first non-UK office today, choosing San Francisco as the perfect place to boost its cross-border M&A practice. Corporate and technology partner James Klein and IP/IT partner Hamish Corner will lead the team in the new office, which will focus on technology. Penningtons Manches may recognise some familiar […]

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