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Under pressure Arcadia loses legal chief to media group

Arcadia Group’s Michelle Gammon is to leave the company after 11 years, just months after the retail giant secured a high-profile rescue deal. Gammon will be general counsel for Global’s newly-formed outdoor advertising division, which was created following the acquisition of outdoor media owners Primesight and Outdoor Plus last September and transport advertising business Exterion […]

Goodwin builds on tech surge with new Orrick hire

Two months since it lured four partners from Taylor Wessing’s life sciences and technology team, Goodwin’s London office has secured another hire to the group from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ali Ramadan, who will join the US firm’s office today, has advises on venture capital, cross-border M&A and private equity transactions for technology businesses. His clients […]

Taylor Wessing seals first tech deal under Wilson Sonsini partnership

Taylor Wessing has advised UK digital startup Babylon Health on a $500m investment round, marking the first time the firm has closed a deal with US firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati under their new relationship agreement. The funding means that the health tech start-up is now valued at $2bn. The round involved existing shareholders […]

Former Worldpay GC takes up new role at FTSE 100

Ruwan De Soyza has joined FTSE 100 technology company Halma as its first general counsel and company secretary. Before joining Halma, De Soyza was the deputy general counsel and head of public policy and government affairs at Worldpay, the NYSE-listed payment processing company. He joined the business in 2011, working his way up the ranks […]

Freshfields and Simpson Thacher advise on KKR’s media takeover

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken advisory roles for KKR in its public takeover offer for German publisher Axel Springer. The deal puts the publishing company’s worth at around $7.7bn. Private equity group KKR is being jointly advised by the pair on corporate and finance matters. Freshfields deal team is led […]

Analysis

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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

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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