Reed Smith’s ABS isn’t just ticking boxes: it will be a cultural gamble

After two years of bureaucratic work and internal regulatory checks, Reed Smith has finally obtained its ABS licence. However, the path presented what EMEA head Tamara Box ruefully describes as “a lot of boxes to tick” before getting to this point.

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