21 Jul 2014

The Sharp End - Summer 2014

Cutting edge insights into corporate law

In this issue

* Viewpoint - As crowd-lending increasingly comes to the attention of the public and regulators, we ask William Saunders and Kate Longman, investment funds specialists in our Corporate practice, for their views on developments in the peer-to-peer lending industry. We discuss how they see the industry evolving and possible future regulatory and political interventions.

* All change! - There is a lot of passion about the railways in Great Britain and barely a week goes by without the rail industry being front page news. Recently we've seen the introduction of the new railway franchising timetable, following the high-profile cancellation of the West Coast competition a couple of years ago. Tammy Samuel and Darren Fodey of our Rail team discuss the changing face of railway franchising and suggest areas that bidders should consider when preparing their proposals. They also highlight the opportunities not just for train operators but also for the wider supply chain.

* Where there's a Will there's a way
- Have you spent the winter months dreaming of your own place in the sun or are you already one of the growing number of second home owners with a property abroad? Ever thought about what will happen to your home abroad in the event of your death? Viv Wild, a member of our Private Wealth team, offers some essential advice as to how a local Will can help you avoid getting burnt when buying a property abroad.

* Tactical defences - With Cabinet Office statistics stating 81% of large corporations and 60% of small businesses reported a cyber-breach in 2013, with the worst costing between £600,000 to £1.15 million for large businesses, organisations have pressing commercial reasons to prepare robust cyber-security defences. In this article, Jonny Kirsop, who heads our Data Protection and Information practice, reports on recent developments in compliance certification and offers tips on how organisations can improve their line of defence and mitigate the risks of a cyber-breach.

* Stephenson Harwood news
- Since the last issue of The Sharp End, we have been working on some very innovative deals such as advising on the launch of the UK's first listed investment fund dedicated to investing in peer-to-peer loans and related credit assets. Other high profile deals we have advised on include advising easyHotel plc, on its placing and admission to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and Baker Tilly on the sale of its private client financial management business.

We have also been awarded Cross-border Transaction Law Firm of the Year by Acquisition International 2014 and continue to expand our offices in Dubai, London, Seoul, Paris and Singapore.

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