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By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

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A trio of firms have secured the mandate to advise Goldman Sachs and Macquarie on the ongoing Eurotunnel restructuring. Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell have been instructed to advise the banks, which are hoping to finance a deal to slash Eurotunnel’s debt from £6.2bn to £2.9bn. The Goldman and Macquarie proposal was unveiled by […]

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