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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.

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Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) is recruiting its first in-house general counsel to bolster its capacity to pursue private prosecutions and other legal strategies. The British non-governmental organisation said that the hire is in response to resurgent antisemitism, which it says has not been tackled sufficiently by the criminal justice system. According to CAA’s Antisemitism Barometer […]

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Private equity buyers Bain Capital and Cinven called on Kirkland & Ellis and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for counsel as they bought a division of Swiss life sciences business Lonza. Kirkland took the lead on M&A aspects of the transaction, with a team led by partners Adrian Maguire, Rory Mullarkey, Jacob Traff and Dan Clarke. Freshfields meanwhile […]

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