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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts be relied on?

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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David Green, the criminal barrister at 18 Red Lion Court responsible for the garden in its front courtyard, has scooped the annual Miller Award for the best new floral feature in the City. The trophy, awarded by the City of London corporation and the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, will be presented by the Mayor of […]

Financings

Brigid Rentoul of Linklaters advised Orange on its $996m US registered offering of high-yield debt. Allen & Overy advised the underwriters. Shearman & Sterling was Orange’s US legal advisers and Sullivan & Cromwell was US legal adviser to the underwriters.

Cultural and legal diversity is worth more than the tourist trap

Martin Bowley QC says that conventions offer an ideal opportunity to gain a fresh perspective of the issues that concern the profession Flying transatlantic last week on my way back from my eighth ABA annual meeting in Toronto, I pondered Chris Fogarty’s question in The Lawyer: “What’s in it for legal convention freaks like you?” […]

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