The Takeover Panel – that crucial first week

Our panelists swapped tactics for dealing with the regulator effectively in the early stages

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It was fitting that one of the first morning sessions of our inaugural Corporate and M&A Summit dealt with arguably the trickiest period of any public M&A deal – the first week, and specifically critical initial dealings with the Takeover Panel. [Continue Reading]

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Auctions – how to play the game

Plenty of useful advice for buyers and sellers alike in a key session at the M&A summit

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The final session before lunch in our Corporate and M&A Summit looked at the mechanics of auctions and how best to handle the competitive bid process from both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective. The session, moderated by co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s global corporate practice, Fiona Adams, brought together panelists experienced in the auction process. Joining Adams was colleague Paul Maher, veteran corporate lawyer and vice chair of Greenberg, along with Jessie Gill, head of legal at Stemcor; Chris Hunt, group head of M&A for Rentokil Initial; and Nick Johnston, partner at Perella Weinberg. [Continue Reading]

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Big pharma, small partners: the key transactional trends in life sciences

Experts from major pharmaceuticals gathered to discuss corporate activity in the sector

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Given that mega mergers coming out of the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector have dominated the corporate agenda for decades, it was fitting that an afternoon session of our inaugural Corporate and M&A Summit focused on transactional trends in this area. Chaired by Laura Anderson, co-chair of Bristows life sciences group, it gathered a collection of in-house experts from big pharma. [Continue Reading]

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Shell’s Future Legal 2 programme

How Shell modernised development of its in-house team

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‘What do we mean by business partnering in the legal department?’ Royal Dutch Shell legal director Donny Ching asks. Few general counsel can long resist reminding observers that the in-house legal function needs to be a strong business partner. But far fewer can explain what it means. [Continue Reading]

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Big beasts

Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis still form the dominant players of the legal tech establishment. Can they stay on top amid a changing industry?

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So ubiquitous have two companies become in legal tech circles that they are rarely discussed directly, just accepted as facts of life, like gravity or air. Those two are, of course, LexisNexis and the legal division of Thomson Reuters, which have over the last 30 years positioned themselves as the dominant providers of the informational ‘plumbing’ law firms require to ply their trade.

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Profile: Christine Dekker – McDonald’s

The UK and Ireland GC on ten years at the fast-food giant and how tech is transforming the consumer trade

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Chicago-born Christine Dekker’s ten-year run as legal counsel for McDonald’s has seen her relocate from the US to Shanghai for work in 2014 on a gamble that paid career dividends, ultimately earning her the role of general counsel (GC) for the UK and Ireland three years later.

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Profile: Sonya Branch – Bank of England

The GC of the UK’s central bank talks Brexit, having a mission and making partner at 31

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Bank of England (BoE) general counsel Sonya Branch puffs her cheeks as she ponders how much work Brexit has created for her team. ‘It has been absolutely vast,’ she says.

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Significant matters – Summer 2019

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Post Office refreshes panel with two-tier system

Pinsent Masons and Linklaters are among six law firms that have won spots on the Post Office’s new two-tier legal panel, worth £39m. Pinsents, Linklaters and Norton Rose Fulbright have been appointed to lot one, covering complex strategic work across the company, which is wholly owned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides a broad spectrum of services, spanning from postal, to broadband, to financial and bill payments. Pinsents has also been assigned to the second lot, joining Womble Bond Dickinson, DAC Beachcroft and Ashfords for general legal services and day-to-day legal advice. The panel is set to run for a four-year term initially, with a possible two-year extension.

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The Mindful Business Charter needs clients to succeed. So where are they?

GCs are more than happy to talk the talk when it comes to diversity and wellbeing. Such assertions are hard to square with the lack of action.

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It was supposed to be the grand coming-out party. Drinks, speeches, celebrations. The much-touted Mindful Business Charter formally unveiled to the unforgiving trade of law. A group of clean-cut law firms lined up on one side of the room, eager to make an impression. Yet, on the other, GC suitors were few and far between.
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