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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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Finding its feet

Mediation in alternative dispute resolution is making a name for itself as the new way forward but the 300-year-old playing field has yet to settle. Gareth Chadwick reports

TJG works on Inspop e-insurance shares sale

Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for internet company Inspop.com in one of the first online insurance acquisitions.The firm helped the company’s board of directors smooth over the sale of shares to the acquirer, motor insurer Admiral Group.Corporate lawyer Kathryn Tarbutt led the team with partner Peter Kempe, calling in lawyers from the employment and tax departments.They […]

Latham & Watkins (Michael Immordino) advised De' Longhi

in its euro127.5m (£78.6m) initial public offering on the Italian stock market and its institutional placement inside and outside the US. Global coordinators Merrill Lynch and UBM advised by Clifford Chance (Nick Wrigley, Kevin Kelley).

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Has mediation failed to make its mark? The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution’s (Cedr) mediation statistics may show that mediation growth was at a virtual standstill last year, but are commentators right to paint a gloomy outlook for mediation?In short, no. Evidence suggests that, although the mediation market – both users and providers – are […]

Deal of the week – claims direct Ashursts scoops Ware-Lane Claims Direct job

Ashurst Morris Crisp has done its first big deal for private investor Simon Ware-Lane, advising on his complex acquisition of shares in Claims Direct.Ware-Lane instructed the firm after coming across it during the initial public offering of Fitness First, in which he is an investor. On this deal Ashursts advised the issuer.For his most recent […]

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