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WorldRemit brings in GC from Contis

WorldRemit has recruited Contis’s general counsel Lara Oyesanya as its new GC. Oyesanya has been appointed group GC, company secretary and C-suite executive at digital payments service WorldRemit, after former GC Martin Cook returned to private practice at the beginning of the year. Cook, who spent a year in the role, is now head of […]

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Greenberg launches City media practice with Facebook hire

Greenberg Traurig has launched a UK entertainment and media practice through the hire of an associate general counsel at Facebook. Neil Miller joins the firm in London from his role as director and associate GC for music (international) at Facebook. At Greenberg, Miller will focus on digital media and technology matters, with a focus on […]

Inmarsat loses second in-houser in a year

Inmarsat’s VP for legal affairs has taken on a new role at a business advisory company, six months after the departure of general counsel Trudy Cooke. Christian Fahey joins Washington-headquartered Ankura as executive director and associate GC for EMEA and APAC as its first international lawyer, after nearly five years at satellite company Inmarsat. In […]

Skyscanner legal chief departs for new role

Skyscanner’s legal chief has left for children’s media company Moonbug Entertainment. Tech GC Rob Miller joins Moonbug as chief legal officer (CLO), overseeing the business’s global legal, regulatory, compliance and public affairs function as it looks to expand worldwide. Moonbug’s general counsel and data protection officer Karine Ahton will report to Miller and focus on […]

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US quartet lead on AT&T’s bumper merger deal

Debevoise & Plimpton and Sullivan & Cromwell are among the firms advising as US conglomerate AT&T merges its WarnerMedia division with rival TV and streaming giant Discovery. WarnerMedia owns brands such as HBO, Warner Bros, CNN and Cartoon Network, while Discovery specialises in factual shows and distributes the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Quest and Eurosport, […]

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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.

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 […]