Change Your Habits & Grow Your Business
In a recent article, I highlighted the issue of how business owners including lawyers get locked into specific patterns of behaviour that produce specific results. Unfortunately, these aren't the results the law firm owner was looking for… since those results tend to be a lack of revenue and ...
Brian Maphosa - 20 November 2020
40% of Companies Facing Enforcement Investigations Due to Poorly Implemented Tech
A landmark survey of more than 1500 compliance leaders around the world has revealed major risks associated with digitalization, with 41 percent of those surveyed admitting their organization has already experienced enforcement investigations by regulators because of technology that was poorly on-bo...
Baker Mckenzie - 18 November 2020
DWF and its economic recovery
DWF has announced signs of economic recovery as a result of its cuts. Its second quarter earnings (to 31 July) rose by 20% to £84.3m.  In this quarter, DWF reported a loss of £600,000, against £1.9 million of pre-tax profits in the same period last year. Even so, the firm de...
Editor - 14 November 2020
Uncollected Cargo
Shipping moves International Trade and the Global Economy. Apart from raw commodities and bulk cargo, most of the cargo are moved in Shipping Containers. Container Shipment avoids manual handling of the cargo at each stage of the shipment and it has revolutionized Shipping. The Containers are either...
Philip Teoh - 30 September 2020
Gide advises a big health and provident insurance company on its acquisition of CGRM
Gide has advised the health and provident insurance wholesaler SPVIE Assurances on its acquisition of CGRM, a subsidiary of Gras Savoye Willis Towers Watson that specialises in the management of complementary health insurance. Gide's team advising SPVIE Assurances comprised partner Axelle Toulemond...
Editor - 19 September 2020
A successful collaboration between two great firms in South Africa
KISCH IP and Probity Advisory have embarked on a journey of collaboration to introduce a team of specialist professionals qualified to provide an integrated full-spectrum, multidisciplinary service offering incorporating IP and commercial law, tax compliance, corporate finance and forensic practices...
Editor - 09 September 2020 South Africa
Hydrogen in Australia: a great opportunity for law firms
Australia has positioned itself as a future key in the Hydrogen sector. The Australian government has a clear roadmap for reducing the use of polluting energy and strengthening its path towards a sustainable future. Therefore, law firms are facing a new and great market opportunity. 'Net zero by 20...
Álvaro Navarro - 08 September 2020 Australia
Dentons focuses on Africa with its newest hire
Dentons intends to expand into the African market by hiring Dr. Albrecht Conze, an experienced diplomatic, to work as a Of Counsel in the Berlin office.  Conze has a complete professional career in the diplomatic world having served for over thirty years in Germany and in the European and Unit...
Editor - 01 September 2020
Jones Day advises a French company to introduce to the German Hydrogen sector
Jones Day represented Électricité de France SA (EDF) through its affiliates, Hynamics SA and EDF Deutschland, in its inaugural and groundbreaking investment in Germany’s hydrogen sector. EDF has formed a joint venture to construct a 30MW hydrogen electrolysis plant from renewable...
Editor - 31 August 2020 Germany
Protecting your brand in South Africa with the help of Customs
Most brand owners go through the process of registering their trademark to obtain proof that they own the brand and importantly to stop others from using it without permission.  The protection of your brand can also take place through copyright, however, it is always recommended to apply for t...
Jadon Wolmarans - 26 August 2020
The increasingly common practice of funding litigation
It is increasingly common to finance litigation at the international level. There are now many companies engaged in financing expensive litigation, so it is important to identify the main characteristics of financiers. To this end, Louis Young provides us with a detailed description of the characte...
Editor - 21 August 2020
Ashurst joins consortium to develop Automated Intelligent Regulation Platform
On the 28th of July 2020, international law firm Ashurst announced that they join a major cross-sector consortium made up of businesses and universities in order to deliver the AIR (Automated Intelligent Regulation) Platform, an AI-driven data access platform for regulated industries.  Cross-i...
Christine Fuessel - 18 August 2020
“Add To Cart” - Doing business in a Covid-19 World. Business considerations
Establishing your business online helps you reach a larger audience and expand your brand beyond the scope possible through traditional brick and mortar sales channels. Part 1 assisted with legal considerations to bear in mind when starting to lay down the foundation of your online presence. Part 2 ...
Anola Naidoo - 17 August 2020
BTI Consulting explains clients´ needs regarding RFPs
According to an article issued by BTI Consulting on the 15th of July 2020, after the beginning of the transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic, clients are now issuing RFPs (request for proposals), inviting small- and medium-size firms. In the US, legal decision makers are sending their RFPs to 9 &nd...
Editor - 12 August 2020
Eversheds Sutherland makes a profit and retains talent
Eversheds Sutherland has announced the recording of profits for the past financial year, despite the devastating consequences of the pandemic. In the case of this law firm, neo profit increased by 5% to £109 million in the financial year ending in 2020. Revenue increased by 8% to £592 m...
Editor - 08 August 2020
Hannah Lim-Johnson: new chief legal officer and Corporate Secretary of Meritor
American firm Meritor has announced the appointed of Hannah Lim-Johnson in the company as senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. This event will be effective on August 3. "Hannah brings more than two decades of experience leading high-performing legal teams and managing...
Editor - 29 July 2020 United States of America
Notable changes to the COVID-19 Guaranteed Loan Scheme for distressed businesses
High on the agenda of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s supplementary budget speech on Wednesday 24 June was the need to support the economy as it gradually reopens as well as to get businesses moving again. Notably, Mboweni announced amendments to the COVID-19 guaranteed loan scheme that was in...
Jeff Buckland, Mahashini Govender, Kate Foster - 29 July 2020 South Africa
The Magic Circle law firms show a decline in profits
Three of the most recognized law firms in the UK: Freshfields, Allen & Overy and Linklaters (known as the ‘Magic Circle’) have announced a fall in profits for the year ending 20 April 2020, due to the unpredictable consequences of COVID-19. Freshfields revealed a net profit of &poun...
Editor - 29 July 2020
DAC Beachcroft and Cognia Law work together to optimise Cognia Flex platform
On the 20th of July 2020, international law firm DAC Beachcroft announced their collaboration with leading law company Cognia Law. They work together on the optimisation of Cognia Law´s flexible resourcing platform Cognia Flex, which supports leading law businesses in securing and managing tea...
Editor - 28 July 2020
Osborne Clarke advises Octopus Renewables on acquisition of UK rooftop solar assets
As to a press release of international legal practice Osborne Clarke from the 21st of July 2020, the firm has advised Octopus Renewables on its acquisition of a 9.1MW portfolio of operational residential UK rooftop solar assets.  Octopus Renewables is the specialist clean energy investor arm o...
Editor - 27 July 2020 United Kingdom
Lawcare announces a new chair to its board of trustees
LawCare, legal mental health charity, has announced the appointing of a new chair to its board of trustees. In this sense, Andrew Caplen replaces chair Bronwen Still as of this month. Andrew is a Solicitor, Notary Public and a former President of the Law Society of England and Wales (2014/2015), Ch...
Editor - 24 July 2020
600 home proud offices for Houthoff during coronavirus crisis
We went from five offices to over 600 home offices. Fortunately the transition of the past months went smoothly for us. Our people are resourceful and quickly adapted to the new situation, but it wasn’t all fun. We all really missed the dynamics of working in our offices and being surrounded b...
Edward de Bock - 20 July 2020
Slaughter and May advises INEOS on the acquisition of BP’s global petrochemicals business for an amount of $ 5 billion
British law firm Slaughter and May announced its advising to British multinational chemical company INEOS on the acquisition of BP’s global Petrochemicals business for US $ 5 billion, and also on related financing arrangements.  “This is another significant step as we steadily work...
Editor - 01 July 2020
Biggest M&A deal ever in electric vehicle sector in China, counselled by Freshfields
Global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, has advised German automaker Volkswagen in regards to its major investments in Chinese state-owned automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturer Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (“JAC Motors”), as announced in a press release of June 1...
Editor - 18 June 2020 China
UnitedLex acquires Paul Hastings´ Data Science team and AI-driven technology services group
As announced in a press release of the technology and legal services company UnitedLex on the 11th of June, 2020, they advance a suite of digital offerings with the acquisition of Paul Hastings´ multi award-winning Data Science, Analysis, and Investigations (DSAI) team and its AI-empowered tec...
Editor - 17 June 2020
Chambers acquires online legal directory service Top 3 Legal
International legal research Chambers and Partners (Chambers) has announced its acquisition of Top 3 Legal, founded in 2017. “The combination of Chambers and Top 3 Legal will create the de facto source of research and analysis for corporates in choosing legal advice and representation”,...
Editor - 16 June 2020
Gide advises French bank group Crédit Agricole CIB on acquiring a stake in Cobase
International law firm Gide announced in a press release from the 11th of June, 2020, that they counselled Crédit Agricole CIB, a French bank group, on the acquisition of a stake in Cobase, a Dutch multibank platform, alongside Nordea, the largest financial group in Northern Europe.  Th...
Editor - 11 June 2020
Osborne Clarke advises foodservice business Compass Group on its acquisition of food technology start-up Feedr
As to a press release from the 10th of June, 2020, international legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised Compass Group UK and Ireland, part of the publicly listed Compass Group PLC, on its acquisition of Feedr.  Compass is known as a leading foodservice business that is specialising in provi...
Editor - 10 June 2020
KPMG adds Family Office and Private Client Legal offering to their Legal Services practice
As announced in a press release on the 9th of June 2020, KPMG LLP welcomes two new members to its team in London to head up its new Family Office and Private Client Legal offering: Alice Killingbeck and Harriet Kwarteng, both joining from PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  Alice is a private client lawy...
Editor - 09 June 2020
Jones Day Advises GenScript Biotech Corporation (Hong Kong) on $423.8 million Initial Public Offering
Jones Day acted as the US and Hong Kong legal advisors of GenScript  Biotech Corporation (Hong Kong: 1548) (“GenScript Biotech”) in relation to its (a) approximately US$423.8 million initial public offering of 18,425,000 American depositary shares and spin-off listing of its subsidi...
Editor - 09 June 2020 Hong Kong
Herbert Smith Freehills advises on global transaction of CIP Capital and People 2.0
International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills announces that they advised New York-based CIP Capital on the acquisition of Entity Solutions Group (“ESG”) by one of its portfolio investments, People 2.0 Global LLC (“People 2.0”), a global tech-enabled workforce deployment pla...
Editor - 08 June 2020 United States of America
Allens advises Australian Real Estate company Vicinity Centres on $1.4 billion capital raising
Recognized Australian law firm Allens had advised Vicinity Centres on its capital raising which is expected to reach $1.4 billion. Vicinity is one of the largest listed managers of Australian retail property dedicated to asset management platform and retail assets under management across 64 shopping...
Editor - 08 June 2020 Australia
USPTO petition decision: Inventorship in the US is limited to natural persons, meaning that AI systems cannot legally invent – at least for now
On the 27th of April, 2020, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a petition decision which states that it is not legal that Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are listed or credited as an inventor in a US patent application. Under current law, only natural persons may be named as i...
Christine Fuessel - 13 May 2020
Liberty Global and Telefonica get up steam in the U.K. market through a 50-50 joint venture
The powerful telephone companies Liberty Global and Telefonica have signed a 50-50 joint venture between its subsidiaries Virgin Media and O2 to gain more strength in the U.K. market. It is an important step towards strengthening the market after the merger of O2, valued at £12.7 billion, and...
Editor - 08 May 2020
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