The speed read: The Big Four threat; Axiom’s surprise IPO backtrack; and why so low, A&O?

Familiar dating clichés used to describe a tie-up gone wrong were wheeled out for A&O’s failed transatlantic merger talks this week, while focus also turned to the heebie-jeebies surrounding the Big Four.

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How pro bono is making me a better lawyer

There are many opportunities to get involved with pro bono and several reasons why it is a good idea to do so. Verity discusses the pro bono opportunities she has been involved in and how they have strengthened her ability as a trainee solicitor.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l August 2020

Welcome to the August edition of Schoenherr’s to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter! We are excited to present a selection of legal developments in the area of technology & digitalisation in the wider CEE region.

GC roundtable: How to communicate with impact in a virtual world

As most of us are still working from home, we are communicating virtually for long periods every day, with diverse groups of people from different cultures, forums and time zones. We are continuing our usual work tasks and commitments, but now having to deliver meetings and presentations as well as communicate a host of difficult messages.

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A&O and O’Melveny call off transatlantic merger

After over a year of discussions between the pair, Allen & Overy and O’Melveny & Myers have called off their proposed merger. In a joint statement, the firms said: “Allen & Overy and O’Melveny & Myers have held discussions about a possible combination and, despite agreeing that there were some compelling synergies between us and […]

Linklaters

Linklaters names new HR head in executive shake-up

Linklaters has reshuffled its executive committee by appointing a new global HR director that will replace longstanding member Christine Lynch. The firm has given the role to existing Linklaters professional Angela Ogilvie after Lynch wrapped a seven-year stint at the firm. Ogilvie was previously head of partner advisory, based in London. As part of her role, […]

Accounts Committee queries Linklaters' £13m rail bonanza

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has criticised the Government for the way it paid Linklaters & Paines more than £13m for advice on the sale of the first three rail franchises. The report criticises the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising, Opraf, for not using a competitive tender to choose Linklaters and for not […]

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