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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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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, published by Arrow books ISBN0099410672

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Olswang pioneers corporate finance house for assault on high-tech sector

Olswang has broken new ground in the technology sector by becoming the first UK law firm to set up a corporate finance house. Known as LongAcre Partners, it is to be established as a joint venture with US investment bank JP Morgan. Olswang chief executive officer Jonathan Goldstein says: “With the consolidation of investment banking […]

Steven Fogel

After six years as alliance partners, Titmuss Sainer and Dechert Price & Rhoads have merged. Dearbail Jordan talks to senior partner Steven Fogel about how he will cross that great UK/US divide At first glance, Titmuss Sainer Dechert‘s senior partner Steven Fogel appears to be the antithesis of the stereotypical lawyer. As opposed to having […]

Landwell ups newly-qualified pay in aggressive hiring spree

Landwell, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ tied law firm, is raising its salaries for assistants to keep in line with the magic circle. The firm, which has a turnover of only £14m, is hiking up rates for newly qualified solicitors from £35,000 to the rate also paid by Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy – £42,000. Managing partner Chris […]

Clifford Chance loses German head to Willkie

US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher is to open its first office in Germany by taking Thomas Heymann, former Clifford Chance managing partner in Germany. Telecoms specialist Heymann is understood to be taking a team of IT/telecoms lawyers, including partner Sven Heun and Bernhard von Braunschweig. He is due to start on 1 October this […]

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