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Former Davis Polk partner joins Facebook as new GC

Facebook has found a new general counsel to helm its in-house legal functions after its top lawyer Colin Stretch left the company at the end of last summer. The role has been filled by Jennifer Newstead, whose career has spanned both law firm stints and government duties. She was the first woman to head the […]

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Sky appoints former Olswang partner as new UK GC

Sky has named a new general counsel for UK and Ireland, promoting its former director of legal in content and commercial Claire Canning to the role. Canning started her career at Clifford Chance as a trainee, moving to Olswang after a year in the media team. There, she worked her way up to partner in […]

Eversheds targets telecoms with senior real estate hire

Eversheds Sutherland has made a timely hire one year on from the introduction of the new Telecoms Code, taking on Fladgate’s head of real estate litigation and telecommunications specialist Thekla Fellas. Fellas joins Eversheds on 1 April to build a team around her specialism in “Telecoms Code” disputes. Her appointment follows the controversial Electronic Communications […]

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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?

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GC2B: With innovation, simplicity is key

A roundtable event organised by BLP in conjunction with The Lawyer at the General Counsel Strategy Summit in Portugal, investigated why firms seek to innovate and how they go about implementing change.

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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, […]

India: Telecoms regulator amends licensing laws

On 19 June 2018, the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India (DoT) finally provided its nod to several key recommendations (Recommendations) made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the Regulatory Framework for Internet Telephony in October 2017. DoT has released a clarification (Clarification) and certain amendments to existing licenses (Amendment), both of […]

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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