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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.


Retail disputes: The future of a market transformed

The challenges facing the retail sector are well known. In what has been an unenviable few years for the industry, retailers have had to tackle internet competition and the decline of the high street, lockdowns and Covid-19-related rules, supply chain issues, Brexit conundrums, staffing challenges, and now inflation and a cost of living crisis. Even […]

Stifel Nicolaus

Dechert takes over in Russian sanctions dispute

Dechert has taken over in a case between Stifel Nicolaus and another brokerage over claims a bond transfer cannot be made due to Western sanctions on Russia. Stifel, which had previously turned to Brown Rudnick for advice, initially filed a claim in March, arguing that Continental Capital Markets must still pay it $1.3m for 1.5 […]

My Pride Story: My bully was gay and resented me being out

When I was growing up, I didn’t know a single gay person (no-one was out either at school or at college) and the only famous out gay person I can recall from the time was Julian Clary.  He was so different to everything I knew about myself that I couldn’t possibly identify with him.  I […]

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