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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts be relied on?

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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Winston & Strawn tipped to merge with Whitman Breed

Chicago’s Winston & Strawn and New York firm Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan are in advanced merger talks, The Lawyer can reveal. The merger would create an 850-plus lawyer firm and increase Winston Strawn’s New York presence from about 145 lawyers to over 250. The news will raise eyebrows in the US because the merger […]

CC & Cameron McKenna create revolutionary deal

The securitisation is a twist on traditional sale and leaseback deals carried out by the likes of House of Fraser or Tesco. Sainsbury’s keeps control of the 16 properties and cuts its tax bill. Other retailers are likely to follow suit as commercial pressures force them to make the most of their fixed assets. CMS […]

Sinfield voted out by partners

Davies Arnold Cooper’s managing director has been voted out in favour of the firm’s highly-rated head of construction and engineering. Daniel Gowan is taking over from Nick Sinfield, who held the post as managing director for one year, and DAC executive partner for two years. The title of the top role will switch from managing […]

Salans swoops to recruit US telecoms man

Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn’s Warsaw office has recruited a telecoms partner from US firm Hogan & Hartson. Krzystof Stefanowicz specialises in telecoms and information technology law as well as general corporate work. He joins the international firm’s high-tech practice in Poland. Stefanowicz says he joined the firm after seven years at Hogans because he was […]

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