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The Sustainable Innovation Fund is launched by government

At the end of June, the government unveiled the £200 million Sustainable Innovation Fund to help innovative businesses bounce back following the Covid-19 pandemic. On 27 June 2020, the government launched the Sustainable Innovation Fund to drive forward cutting-edge new technology following the coronavirus crisis. The fund is intended to develop new sustainable opportunities for […]

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Seeing through the fog

By Adrian Howells Following the Government’s announcement of The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), you will no doubt have found yourself inundated with communications about this from a variety of different firms, ourselves included. Whilst these communications set out the facts as listed on the British Business Banks (BBB) website, there is nevertheless a […]

Swiss IP Newsletter July 2020

“SWISS RE – WE MAKE THE WORLD MORE RESILIENT” – Trademark found not to be misleading without a limitation of the services to Swiss origin.




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Saudi Arabia

Clifford Chance and Bakers secure $5bn deal to create third largest Saudi bank

Clifford Chance and Baker McKenzie have advised in Saudi British Bank’s (SABB) $4.9bn takeover of Alawwal Bank, creating the third largest lender in the Kingdom. Clifford Chance  acted for SABB in Dubai, with a team led by M&A corporate partner Mohammed Al-Shukairy and senior associate Daniel Boyle. Bakers advised Saudi Arabian-listed bank Alawwal Bank alongside its association firm […]


Freshfields takes charge for Mars on Lavazza coffee deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won its third significant M&A mandate from Mars in the last few months, advising the manufacturing giant  on the sale of its coffee division to Italian company Lavazza. Over the summer, the magic circle firm represented the company’s petcare division in two linked transactions that saw it acquire European business AniCura […]

predictive analytics

DLA Piper brings in academics to assess deals data

DLA Piper is collaborating with Imperial College London on a series of projects aimed at extracting value and generating insights from historical deals data. The initiatives, called Data Spark projects, are led by the firm’s EMEA and Asia Pacific director of innovation Adam Hembury and are designed to improve ways of working based on in-depth […]

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