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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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White & Case litigator departs after three years

Another partner from White & Case’s disputes department is leaving, as Steven Baker exits the firm after three years. Baker joined White & Case in 2018 as part of an expansive lateral hiring strategy in the City. In 2018 Baker left Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft to join White & Case alongside international arbitration partner David […]

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GCs will be at the vanguard of change

From tech to managing people, general counsel are at the forefront of transformation within their companies. To explore these issues, DWF partner Hilary Ross talked to The Lawyer. Three of the biggest topics for GCs have always been: finding time; what good leadership looks like in-house; and diversity and fairness. In 2020 GCs had to […]

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Centrica appoints interim GC

Centrica has appointed an interim general counsel four months after the departure of former legal chief Justine Campbell. Raj Roy, GC of the UK and Ireland, has stepped in to oversee Centrica group’s legal operations. At the beginning of the year, Campbell moved to National Grid to take on the GC and company secretary role, […]

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Allen & Overy closes Barcelona office as lease ends

Allen & Overy has decided to shut down its two-staff satellite office in Barcelona, and focus the growth of its Spain practice from Madrid. The magic circle firm launched the Barcelona office in February 2014, with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Antoni Valverde. However, the office remained a small outpost with a single-fee […]

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