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Should your business invest in blockchain?

By David E Brennan Blockchain is a term that is beginning to increasingly appear in business conversations. Decision makers are starting to consider whether their businesses should invest in blockchain and how using the technology could benefit their operations. As businesses venture on journeys of digitalisation, we are seeing companies from “traditional” industries such as […]

International transactions: Consumer contracts Q&A Canada

Canada-specific information concerning the key legal and commercial considerations when drafting a consumer contract. General contract law framework What are the requirements under national law for a valid contract to exist? The Canadian legal system is based on the common law tradition of the United Kingdom. In this respect, common law principles in Canada, such […]

European antiques market threatened by new regulation

By Kathryn Burke, Trainee Solicitor On 12 March 2019 the European Parliament plenary session adopted its position at first reading of a draft Regulation on the import of cultural goods from outside the EU into the Union.[1] Its President was instructed to forward its position to the Council, Commission and the national parliaments and it […]

Must article 2 inquiries seek to identify those responsible for the death?

In February 1989 Patrick Finucane, an Irish Catholic lawyer, was eating dinner with his wife and children when gunmen forced their way into his home and shot him 14 times. Thirty years later this murder remains one of the most notorious events of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’. An inquest the following year examined only the […]

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Allen & Overy advises on landmark merger

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Spirent

Spirent acquires Hekimian Laboratories in combined cash and paper deal worth £1.11bn. Spirent advised by Linklaters (Shane Griffin) and Debevoise & Plimpton (Robert Quaintance), financial advisers Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and Rothschild, brokers Cazenove & Co and accountants Ernst & Young. Hekimian represented by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (Alan Myers) and financial adviser […]

A VIEW FROM SINGAPORE

We live in changing times. The legal community in Singapore continues to grow, evolve and move forward. Things are different from five years ago, and things will no doubt be different again in another five years. There were virtually no foreign lawyers working in Singapore 40 years ago, while today there are well over 150 […]

Freehills partner quits

Stephen Stern has left Freehills Melbourne office to set up his own niche trade practices law and intellectual property firm following a disagreement with management over how the IP section was run. Stern is currently suing Nicole and Andre Coutrelis of French firm Coutrelis & Associe for defamation after they accused him of “morally, ethically […]

New Jersey merger announced

Pitney Hardin’s management committee chairman says the 160-lawyer firm’s acquisition of the eight-lawyer practice is the first of a series of expansion plans being considered. The merger comes just months after reported merger discussions between Pitney Hardin and New York’s Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke were called off

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