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M&A activity in Ireland valued at €70.9bn in first half of 2018

The first six months of 2018 have been notably buoyant for Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market. Dealmakers were kept busy with a pipeline of transactions, in a continuation of the active market that was evident last year…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

When can a force majeure clause in contracts be relied on?

By Tom George, Daniel Wood and Cathy Moore In times of economic and/or political uncertainty, parties to construction contracts may consider whether they have a right to rely on force majeure provisions as a justification for temporarily or permanently failing to perform substantive obligations. We review the recent decision in Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

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Straw attacks immigration firms

THE Government is threatening to chip away another block of the Law Society’s regulatory powers with its proposal to set up a statutory body to regulate immigration lawyers and advisers. The move, announced by the Home Secretary Jack Straw last week, follows the Treasury’s decision to strip the society of its powers to regulate solicitor […]

Summit rescheduled

The organiser of a London summit on the regulation of the internet cancelled it at the last minute. Prince, which was due to stage its Internet Executive Summit from 19 to 21 January put the sudden cancellation down to the fact that a US green paper on reform of the domain name system a crucial […]

In brief: Arthur Andersen appoints Euro supremo

Arthur Andersen has appointed a new European legal head as part of a shake-up of the management of its legal network. Nick Prentice, the former head of the firm’s UK tax and legal practice, has had his brief expanded to cover the whole of Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. He will take over […]

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Charles Russell acted as UK legal adviser and Mayer Brown & Platt as US legal adviser for Select Appointments (Holdings) on the US and International Public Offerings of $200m of American Depository Shares on Nasdaq by Select and selling shareholders. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett acted as US legal adviser for the underwriters.

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