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Eversheds bags tech partner from US firm

Eversheds Sutherland has taken on a new technology partner from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, just under a month after it lost its innovation chief. Simon Lightman moves to Eversheds’ commercial practice after just over a year at Morgan Lewis. He joined the US firm’s outsourcing and commercial transactions practice from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, alongside […]

Communication Satellite Orbiting Earth

Satellite company instructs DLA Piper in late fees bust-up

DLA Piper has been handed the mandate by a satellite provider, as it brings a claim against a middle eastern advertising agency over a 2017 contract. Hampshire based Arqiva Limited entered into an agreement in March 2017 with Dubai-headquartered Alliance Media for the delivery of up-linking and satellite capacity services. The agreement stated that Alliance […]

Latham bags DLA partner in fifth lateral hire of 2019

Latham & Watkins has hired a partner from DLA Piper in a bid to expand its sports and entertainments practice in London. Patrick Mitchell is to join the US firm after nearly 15 years at DLA. He joined the firm as a senior associate in 2005 and was promoted to its partnership in 2017. Prior […]

Ashurst

Ashurst jumps on fintech bandwagon with accelerator launch

Ashurst has set up a new accelerator programme for up to 30 fintech companies, following similar efforts made by firms such as Allen & Overy, Slaughter and May and Addleshaw Goddard. The firm has launched FinTech Legal Labs, which will be run in its new London headquarters in the Fruit & Wool Exchange. It is […]

telecoms

Magic circle duo lead on £2bn sale of UK telecoms business

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have bagged roles on a deal that sees Cellnex Telecom, the largest infrastructure operator for wireless telecommunication in Europe, buying Arqiva’s telecoms towers business. The co-head of Clifford Chance’s corporate practice in London Melissa Fogarty and corporate partner Joel Ziff led for the magic circle firm, alongside associates Adam Dalton and […]

Analysis

Sky HQ

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

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 […]

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