Private equity and the pandemic: What happened and what next?

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In conversation with leading practitioners, Barnaby Merrill considers the impact of Covid-19 on private equity funds and predictions for the market in 2021

In the bull market of 2019, private equity funds raised significant sums of money. Prequin, for example, estimated a total of $595bn, with so-called ‘dry powder’ estimated at a total $1.43tn. The latter figure is almost double the unspent capital estimated in 2015, an unsurprising phenomenon given the decline in PE-backed buyout deals during 2019; …

Milestones in criminal law

As Corker Binning approaches its 20-year anniversary, founding partner David Corker looks back at the evolution of the criminal law over the past two decades and predicts what the future may hold for criminal trials

How has the criminal law of England and Wales evolved during the last 20 years? It is an especially pertinent question for me as the firm that I helped to found, Corker Binning, opened for business in October 2000. Coincidentally the same day as the Human Rights Act 1998 was implemented. This event was considered …

Out with the old, in with the New Delhi labour reforms?

William Farrington considers the high-stakes changes and ongoing debates consuming India’s labour market

As the torchbearer of the BRICS economies since its successful globalisation project throughout the ’90s, India’s employment market has been the nexus of an enduring ideological struggle as the nation seeks to reconcile its socialist-era labour legislation with liberalised market policy.  The frontline of this struggle is seen in the extensive proposals for legislative reform …

Olga Belyakova and Eva Talmacsi: Be brave and stay curious

The co-heads of CEE TMT at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang talk about the key issues facing their clients, the firm’s ambitions for the region, and how to balance a successful team

What have been your greatest personal or professional achievements to date and why? Olga: I believe my biggest professional achievement was, in fact, my decision to become a lawyer many years ago. After 20 years in practice, the profession remains my passion and for me, it is not only about prestige but also about the …

Top tips on working through the coronavirus pandemic

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Members of Falcon Chambers provide property practitioners with best practice advice for business continuity during the lockdown

The transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the Covid-19 illness it leaves in its wake, has led to government advice, now reinforced by legislation, that has had a greater impact on our way of life than most of us have ever before experienced. We property professionals have had to adjust our working practices as a …

Spotlight on: Arnold & Porter rising to the competition

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The antitrust/competition team from Arnold & Porter have risen from tier 3 to tier 1 in The Legal 500 United States rankings between 2017 and 2019. US editor (content), Helen Donegan, spoke with global head of the practice, Debbie Feinstein, and head of the practice for the US, Jonathan Gleklen, about the team’s rise in the rankings and the efforts they would attribute to this

Helen Donegan: Can you please give me a brief overview of your team? Debbie Feinstein: We have more than 100 people in our antitrust practice across the US and Europe. I lead the global group and focus on merger control, with some work on civil conduct investigations and litigation. Jonathan leads the US group and …

The US is not alone in the battle against bribery

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The chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission has said his country is the only one tackling bribery and corruption. Syedur Rahman of Rahman Ravelli highlights why that is not entirely accurate

As business crime-related claims go, the one made by the chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was a pretty big one. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton chose a speech to the New York Economic Club to argue that the US was pretty much going it alone when it comes to punishing bribery and …

Indonesia’s fintech revolution

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Fresh from completing his research into Indonesia’s legal market, David Keenan reports on the fintech trend sweeping the world’s largest island nation

‘Indonesia needs a financial revolution, which will ultimately democratise access to the best financial products.’ These are the words of Claudia Kolonas, founder of fintech start-up Pluang, which recently received $3m in funding from Indonesia tech giant Go-Jek and is one of 167 fintech start-ups now operating in Indonesia. The demand for fintech is quite …

Spotlight on: Kirkland & Ellis – tax on the rise

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Kirkland’s Tax Practice Group has risen from Tier 3 to Tier 1 in The Legal 500 United States rankings for ‘International Tax’ between 2017 and 2019. US Editor (content), Helen Donegan, speaks with team partner Dean Shulman about the their rise in the rankings, and also asks about Kirkland’s lateral hire practices

Helen Donegan: Can you provide a brief overview of your tax practice group? Dean Shulman: We have developed one of the finest transactional tax practices across all our US offices, as well as in London and Munich. As of the end of September 2019 we have 132 lawyers in the tax practice firmwide, whereas in …