Soft law, hard sanctions – Human rights laws and the next risk front facing business

Soft law, hard sanctions – Human rights laws and the next risk front facing business

With human rights issues entering the mainstream of business practice, we teamed up with Herbert Smith Freehills to assess how new standards are changing the way in-house counsel operate

It turns out that the next risk front facing business and promising to reshape the role of general counsel (GCs) is a piece of legislation notorious among lawyers for having no teeth and little direct liability for companies.

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The risk debate: The gate keepers’ burden

The risk debate: The gate keepers’ burden

Our annual Legal Business/Marsh round table saw law firm risk managers debate their role in fighting on two fronts – against demanding clients and internally with their fee-earners

Our 2016 risk management report, published last month, looked at a number of live issues for risk management teams within the UK leading firms, most of which place those teams at the frontline of potential battles.

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Up in the air – As Brexit looms, GCs face leap into the unknown

Up in the air – As Brexit looms, GCs face leap into the unknown

Business is struggling to find a response as the Brexit vote looms. We team up with Herbert Smith Freehills to explore the impact… and GCs’ options.

‘One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


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The end of the tunnel – litigation and regulatory challenges in financial services

The end of the tunnel – litigation and regulatory challenges in financial services

Legal Business teamed up with Simmons & Simmons to discover how financial institutions are coping with the twin threats of regulation and litigation, and assess whether the end is in sight.

If there was ever any doubt about what might be in store for the Volkswagen Group following its recent emissions scandal, a glance at the banking industry over the last five years offers a sobering clue.

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Commercial Dispute Resolution Survey

Commercial Dispute Resolution Survey

As Legal Business publishes its second annual Disputes Yearbook, Cornerstone Research scopes the views of in-house counsel and private practitioners to shine a light on trends within the international disputes market

At Legal Business’s first International Arbitration Summit held in London this September, esteemed practitioner Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC spoke about investor-state arbitration increasingly moving into public consciousness.

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Clause and effect – The arbitration backing Africa’s investment boom

Clause and effect – The arbitration backing Africa’s investment boom

As foreign investment into Africa grows, so does the demand for dispute resolution. We team up with Simmons & Simmons to assess how clients can get the best out of that crunch arbitration clause.

The attraction of Africa, and its abundance of natural resources, is undeniable. In 20 years, foreign direct investment (FDI) rose by 853% from just over $6bn in 1994 to $57.2bn in 2013, compared to a global average of 466% growth. It is unsurprising then that the increase in African-related arbitration has been robust. Where international investment goes, disputes invariably follow.

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Gateways – the lawyer’s view on gaining access to North Africa

Gateways – the lawyer’s view on gaining access to North Africa

While Morocco stands apart as a portal into Africa for foreign investors, neighbour Algeria starts to open up. We ask international law firms to share their experiences of working in the region.

In the globalisation race, Casablanca has established an early lead as one of the primary entry points into Africa, along with Johannesburg. It is akin to the emergence in the last decade of Hong Kong and Singapore as the key finance centres for Asia. But can Morocco and neighbouring Algeria achieve a position of genuine global influence, when Paris, London and also Dubai remain places where many African transactions are executed?

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Hunting Dragons – Anti-corruption in Asia

Hunting Dragons – Anti-corruption in Asia

Once a byword for bribery, the Asia region has toughened anti-corruption measures in recent years, but enforcement remains hard to predict. We team up with Simmons & Simmons to assess the client response.

Any multinational worthy of the label has to be in east and south-east Asia. The scale of the market, its manufacturing base, and its growing consumer population make it impossible to ignore.

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Insight report on cyber security – Anatomy of a breach

Insight report on cyber security – Anatomy of a breach

With breaches impossible to stop, companies are focusing on managing the huge risks of a major cyber incident. We teamed up with PwC to gauge the client response.

In cyber security circles, it has already become a hoary cliché to claim that there are two types of companies: those that have been breached and those that have yet to discover they have been breached. This rang particularly true this year when JPMorgan revealed that 76 million households and eight million small businesses were exposed to its data breach over the summer.

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