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US corporate duo lead on Softbank’s $40bn ARM sale

Morrison & Foerster and Latham & Watkins have won the top advisory mandates as technology company ARM is sold for the second time in just over four years. ARM Holdings, a former FTSE 100 member, has been sold by Softbank to US company NVIDIA in a transaction valued at $40bn. It comes four years after […]

Orrick’s former London head takes up new role

Orrick’s former London managing partner Kolvin Stone has moved back to Fox Williams, a firm that he left nearly a decade ago. Stone, who also led the European branch of Orrick’s cybersecurity and data privacy group, worked at Fox Williams between 1999 and 2010, at which point he left for the US firm. As well […]

BT’s Openreach appoints new GC

BT’s digital network business Openreach has appointed a new general counsel (GC). Sophie Bouckaert has taken on the role of GC from Nigel Cheek. Bouckaert joined Openreach in 2010 and was part of the team that negotiated its telecommunications strategic review with Ofcom. She previously worked for Hogan Lovells in London and Brussels before heading […]

Eversheds boosts cybersecurity team with new hire

Eversheds Sutherland has boosted its UK data privacy cybersecurity clout with the hire of a new partner. Philip James joins the firm from media and tech firm Sheridans, where he was head of its data practice. James specialises in disruptive technology platforms, cloud computing, digital media, data and cybersecurity, as well as on the media […]

Taylor Wessing fills Cambridge base with new lateral

Taylor Wessing is beefing up the headcount of its Cambridge office with a new corporate technology partner, as it rebuilds its regional outpost following last year’s Goodwin raid. The firm has brought in partner Ross McNaughton from Penningtons Manches Cooper. The tech and life sciences expert spent more than four years at his previous firm, […]

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Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox. But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.

The best law firm tech to understand your clients’ needs

There is a fundamental problem with ­innovation in the legal market. As one general counsel pointed out at The Lawyer’s recent Business Leadership Summit, clients understand why technology is a priority to improve the efficiency for their advisers, but it’s not a selling point. After all, what do they get out of it?

Featured Briefings

Online Harms regulation – getting closer?

The Government’s much anticipated response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation has finally been released but those seeking clarity at this stage may be left scratching their heads. It appears to represent no more than an indication of the Government’s direction of travel under considerable media pressure to ensure that “something must be done” […]

The digital evolution of Baker Mackenzie, a Turtl case study

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie have positioned themselves as The New Lawyers – a breed that embrace innovation to give clients confidence in these volatile and uncertain times. In this context, the firm’s marketing function has committed to evolving their digital maturity, bringing strategies and tactics in line with the firm’s brand message. This […]

Trends in the food and drink sector

By James Webb Despite 2018 being a very tough year for many in the food and drink industry, according to research compiled by Grant Thornton, M&A and private equity deal activity in the sector remained steady with a fall of just 2.8% compared to 2017. This is supported by our experience during the period where […]

Leaked nudes and talent morality clauses: A lesson for the digital age

Not every morality clause is created equal and the parties must consider what they hope to achieve when drafting the clause in order to ensure their reputation is protected. In November 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed a leave to appeal application on the application of a morality clause. Certain lessons can be pulled from […]

Blockchain technology in the art market gaining popularity

By Valentina Falicheva A notable trend since Bitcoin gained its popularity has been an incredible rise in the interest in the technology behind Bitcoin known as Blockchain, which is the “thing” which allows cryptocurrencies to function. Some statistics indicate that the global blockchain market is expected to be worth $20 billion in 2024! In this article, […]

Revolutionising Africa’s healthcare system

By Robert Breedon, Tom Gray, Elwin Morgan Africa’s healthcare is in the midst of an innovation revolution that, as PwC say, “…is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice”. This innovation revolution is powered in part by traditional methods of funding human capital development in areas such as development and […]

Over half of UK SMEs still unfamiliar with GDPR

18% of businesses say fines would put them at risk of insolvency Some 55% of UK small businesses are still not familiar with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) despite its introduction being now less than a year away…

Ireland’s data protection bill: circuit court to confirm fines

…Head 80 of the General Scheme states that where a controller or processor is fined and does not appeal a decision to the Data Protection Commission, then the Commission will apply to the Circuit Court for confirmation of the fine. The Head goes on to state that the Circuit Court must then confirm the fine […]

Romania – mandatory e-mailboxes for professionals?

The Romanian Senate adopted a draft law regarding the “electronic headquarters of economic operators” (the “Draft Law “). The Draft Law regulates the mandatory use by professionals of predefined electronic mailboxes (e-mails), as identification element and means of receiving correspondence. Similar legal provisions are already in force in certain countries in the CEE/SEE region, such […]