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EAEU Treaty on trademarks comes into effect

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods came into effect on April 26, 2021. It serves as a foundation document for the formation of a regional system within EAEU territory.

Banking leaders discuss keeping pace with growth, digital transformation and driving operational efficiency

In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.



City heavyweights win lead roles on CVC’s rugby deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won the mandate for private equity house CVC, which today revealed it has made a minority equity investment into Premiership Rugby. This is the latest deal in which the magic circle firm has advised CVC on a sports-related sale or purchase. At the end of 2016, London partner Charlie Hayes worked […]

Australian rugby team Western Force lose appeal against removal from Super Rugby

The Western Force competed in the 18 team Super Rugby competition (“Super 18”) in the southern hemisphere last season. However, the competition organisers SANZAR restructured and re-branded the competition as the Super 15 for the current season and removed three teams. The two South African teams removed, the Cheetahs and Southern Kings, subsequently joined the […]

Former Premier League champions Leicester City hire new GC

Former Premier League champions Leicester City Football Club have drafted in their second-ever general counsel from BT. Matthew Phillips moved to City in July 2019, leaving BT’s legal team after four years at the telecoms company. Phillips started off as a trainee solicitor at Linklaters, where he spent three years before moving to Olswang (now […]

Leicester City legal chief takes up new role ahead of Commonwealth Games

Caroline McGrory, who has led Leicester City FC’s legal team for two years, has joined as general counsel of Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games. McGrory joined the sporting event’s team in April and is responsible for the management of all legal issues regarding the organisation, operation and staging of the Commonwealth Games. Birmingham 2022 confirmed that […]

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