High society: Canada braces for cannabis M&A boom

The recreational drugs trade is rarely thought of as a sector for M&A lawyers to capitalise on, but in Canada that is exactly what is happening. The Canadian government has just introduced laws that will legalise marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, creating opportunities for lawyers to act on M&A deals for companies looking to […]

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A&O guns for tech revenue stream with derivatives platform launch

Allen & Overy (A&O) has developed a new online platform for banks, hedge funds and other law firms in the wake of impending derivatives regulations. The magic circle firm has developed the platform along with derivatives data repository IHS Markit and online platform SmartDX. It is designed to help meet the derivatives contracts repapering challenge […]

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Hot 100 career quiz: Jonathan Blair

Name: Jonathan Blair Position: Co-chair and UK managing partner Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson Trained at: Wragge & Co In Hot 100 for: Leading Bond Dickinson into a major US merger. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I did my training at Wragges in Birmingham in the late 1980s and as a […]

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