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Congo: Revision of mining code

By Olivier Bustin and Pierrick Ferrero Following the actions by the Ivory Coast in 2014, as well as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal in 2016, who adopted a new mining code, the DRC has recently revised its mining code enacted in 2002…

A new duty of care for financial services firms?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a new consumer protection duty of care for financial services firms.  Walker Morris Banking and Finance Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain.

GDPR compliance in the Benelux: let the controls begin

The Dutch Data protection authority (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens –“AP”) recently informed the public that they were assessing the GDPR compliance level of large companies in the Netherlands. In doing so, the authority took advantage of its new powers under article 30.4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation…

EC puts business on Brexit amber alert

By Bernadine Adkins Yesterday, the European Commission released a Communication entitled ‘Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019′[1]. It outlines the steps that business should take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The Communication’s message is clear: “On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom […]

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Reed Smith secures new London HQ

Reed Smith Richards Butler has ended its search for a new office building, signing up to take almost 40 per cent of London’s Broadgate Tower. The firm, which was formed in January following a merger between US firm Reed Smith and the UK’s Richards Butler, has been operating from Beaufort House in the City and […]

Lovells jumps feet first into China with Sino-global alliance

Lovells has hailed the launch of its 10-way Sino-Global Legal Alliance as the first of its kind in the key Asian jurisdiction. Lovells has hailed the launch of its 10-way Sino-Global Legal Alliance (first reported on www.thelawyer.com, 3 September) as the first of its kind in the key Asian jurisdiction, boasting that it offers an […]

Ashurst raids magic circle again for German hire

Ashurst has continued its strategy of poaching magic circle lawyers in Germany by taking on an Allen & Overy (A&O) international capital markets associate. Christoph Enderstein will join Ashurst in October as counsel in the Frankfurt office’s structured finance group. He pushes Ashurst’s banking and finance group in Germany to 15 lawyers, including three partners. […]

Lord Chief Justice warns Govt on judicial interference

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips has called on the Government to stay away from the selection of judges in the wake of green paper ‘The Governance of Britain’, published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). In a wide-ranging speech on judicial independence yesterday, Phillips told the Commonwealth Law Conference in Nairobi that the shake-up […]

Venture opts for Jones Day on transatlantic funding

Jones Day has acted for Aberdeen-based oil and gas production company Venture Production in relation to £585m of debt financing. Under a team led by London banking head Ed Nalbantian, the company secured a £350m UK loan, $424m (£210.11m) from US institutional investors and a further £25m from UK institutional investors. The money will be […]

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