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Pinsents and HSF’s US links pay off in $7.5bn telecoms deal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Pinsent Masons have teamed up with firms in the US on a complex $7.5bn deal between telecoms companies CommScope and Arris. The transaction will see network equipment provider CommScope buy software maker Arris, a fellow US-headquartered that is listed on the NASDAQ. Pinsents London partners Rob Hutchings and Roberta Markovina advised […]

Landmark ruling upheld as DWF loses data breach appeal for Morrisons

DWF has lost its appeal for Morrisons in the High Court today, as it was ruled that the supermarket is legally responsible for an enormous data breach affecting over 100,00 employees. Three senior judges, including the Master of the Rolls, upheld the original decision against the supermarket, issued in December 2017. In what was the UK’s first data protection class […]

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Magic circle duo advise as Apple nabs chip designer behind iPhone

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are advising on negotiations surrounding Apple’s acquisition of the power management technology company behind the iPhone in a deal valued at $600m. The Lawyer understands that Apple was advised by a Freshfields team led by London-based corporate and M&A partner Natasha Good, while Dialog Semiconductor, the chip designer that is […]

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Morgan Lewis continues City hiring spree with two new joiners

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has added two new technology partners to its London office, as its hiring spree in the capital continues. The US firm has brought on Pillsbury partner Mike Pierides and counsel Simon Lightman, who joins as a partner. Pierides will be a member of Morgan Lewis’ corporate practice, specialising in IT and […]

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?

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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.

Featured Briefings

Establishment of innovation scientific and technological centres in Russia and other incentives for participants

By Yana Dianova Since August 10, 2017, the Federal Law of July 29, 2017 No. 216-FZ has been in effect in Russia, providing for the legal basis for establishment and operation of innovation scientific and technological centres in order to implement the priorities of the scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation, increase the investment […]

Podcast: Crucial customs and border issues caused by protectionist laws and other barriers

By Ursula Johnston, Sean Giles To build on the findings from our whitepaper, Protectionism 2.0: Digital forces driving the new protectionist agenda, our latest podcast sees Gowling WLG’s Ursula Johnston and Sean Giles talk to national journalist Andrew Cave, a writer for the Daily Telegraph and Forbes magazine. The podcast explores the crucial customs and border issues […]

Guide for facing review fraud in online retail

By Gwendoline Davies Fake reviews have featured in the press a lot recently, but they are certainly not a new phenomenon and such practices have no doubt existed for as long as people have been reviewing products and services. However, the explosion of the online retail marketplace has made fake reviews a very lucrative business. At […]

Austria – Teleradiology and other healthcare advancements

By Florian Kusznier Technology and innovation are key drivers of advancement in a variety of industries, and certainly in healthcare. The level of patient care can be improved considerably with the right mix of traditional and innovative treatments and solutions. Nevertheless, there are regulatory challenges to overcome. Teleradiology is one area where technological advancements allow […]

Belgium – New rules on influencer marketing

By Stephanie De Smedt, Olivier Belleflamme As a business operator, you obviously want your products to be known by the public and more specifically by selected target groups. To do so, many companies have chosen to heavily invest in “influencer marketing”. Many companies are partnering up with influencers to promote their food supplements or (over-the-counter) […]

Court of Appeal rules on ATM rates

By Şenay Nihat Since 2013, retailers have had to pay non-domestic rates (‘Business Rates’) for automated teller machines (ATMs) built into the front of stores, rather than treating the ATMs as part of the store’s overall rating for valuation purposes. The Business Rates bill for the ATM was backdated to 2010, hitting retailers with significant […]

A guide to advertising rules for social media influencers

By Imogen Jones The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), in collaboration with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have recently published a new guide to outline the advertising rules which apply to social media ‘influencers’. This came following their investigation into social media advertising in August 2018, after concerns that celebrities and social media ‘influencers’ do not […]

Using blockchain in advertising

In our report, ‘The Ultimate Disruptor: How Blockchain is Transforming Financial Services’ we explored how blockchain is being utilised in banking and finance as well as other more surprising industries. While only 20% of respondents in our research felt that blockchain would benefit advertising, the technology is already being seen to create innovation in this […]

State of cyber security in Canada

By Brent J. Arnold A report released by the Canadian Senate on Oct. 29, 2018, provocatively titled: Cyber.assault: It should keep you up at night, raises alarm about the state of cyber security in Canada, and calls for the creation of a new federal ministry to fend off cyber attacks. The report, originally mandated for release […]

Machine learning: A vital tool for surviving the data deluge

By Kevin Shergold, Vijay Rathour, Nick Rich The reality of modern investigative practice is a tsunami of data, and less time or budget to get to the truth than ever before. Traditional linear review, even augmented by full text search, is no longer adequate for the task. How machine learning works Fortunately, computer hardware has advanced to the […]

Cyber security – Reputational, enforcement and litigation risks

By Jake McQuitty, David Cook It seems like barely a week goes by without a high-profile data breach being reported on the front pages of our newspapers. Hacking and cyberattacks appear to be becoming more commonplace and involving an ever-increasing range of wrongdoers: from vandals to nation states and terrorist groups. The risk around cyberattacks has been […]

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