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📲 Arm swaps its chips for fries

In today’s email:

  • Why cheese names matter

  • Companies are choosing not to go public in the UK

  • You next phone might be made in India

  • The Law Society is taking the government to court

  • Ask AI to plan your next holiday

  • Check if the news you’re reading is politically biased

If you take just one thing from this email…

The more companies that go public in the UK, the better for UK law firms.

This is because public listings are high-value work for the corporate law firms.

If the UK market becomes less attractive for companies than foreign markets, law firms might start to get anxious.


This is probably the only newsletter where law meets cheese - but I promise it’ll make sense in the end.

See, cheese is an important legal topic this week.

That’s because a court in the US has decided that gruyère cheese (which is from the Gruyère region of Switzerland and France) can be called ‘gruyère' regardless of where it’s been made.

The same fate has been suffered by cheddar cheese (which is originally from a small village in Somerset, England). ‘Cheddar’ is now also a generic term which means you can make it anywhere.

Some products like champagne are protected, meaning you can only call it champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France.

This decision is a big win for US cheesemakers, because they can now make gruyère in their own back yard! But French and Swiss cheesemakers are not so happy.

Geographic protections of foods are good because…

  • 🌍 Protecting tradition: Protections can help maintain traditional food products that come from a certain area.

  • 👍 Ensuring quality: Protected products must follow specific rules to make sure they are of the high quality usually required in the local area.

  • 💰 Helping the local economy: Protections can create jobs and make money for people who make and sell food in that area.

But some argue that geographic protections are bad because…

  • 🚫 Limiting competition: Protections can make it harder for people from outside an area to sell similar products, creating a monopoly which can drive up the price for the good.

  • Naming conflicts: Protections can lead to arguments over what a product should be called.

  • 🤔 Enforcement problems: It can be hard to make sure that products with protections are really from the right area, which could be a problem for people who want to buy them.

See? I told you - there are real-life commercial impacts to cheese!

🧀 Do you think the right decision was made here?

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- Idin


📲 Arm swaps its chips for fries

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What’s going on here?

Arm is a British company that designs computer chips. They had planned to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), but now they’ve decided to list in New York instead. This is not good news for the LSE because Arm was seen as an important company for them.

What is Arm?

Arm is a British microchip designer based in Cambridge. Their tech is in almost every smartphone in the world (and also in laptops and cars).

Why did they choose to list in the US rather than the UK?

Arm is planning a US-only listing this year, rather than listing in the UK.

The company says that listing in the US gives them:

  • access to a deeper pool of investors,

  • higher valuations and liquidity, and

  • more favourable market conditions.

But the US has higher regulatory hurdles to jump through to list (making it more costly and time-consuming). The UK offers a more straightforward listing process (meaning quicker and cheaper). But this wasn’t enough to convince Arm.

Why’s this a big deal?

Firstly, it’s kind-of embarrassing for the UK. Apparently Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had been trying to convince Arm's owner, SoftBank (a Japanese investment company) to list here. But Arm’s chief executive, Rene Haas, said listing in the US was “the best path forward”. To see a historically British company swerve a UK listing isn’t a good look!

Secondly, ditching UK listings for the US is becoming a bit of a worrying trend. Other companies like CRH (a building material supplier) and Flutter Entertainment (a huge betting company) are considering making the same trip. Even Shell (the UK’s biggest listed company) considered making the move in 2021 before deciding against it. Each company had its own reasons for changing (for example, Flutter wanted to move because sports betting is getting bigger in the US nowadays). But it’s happening more than the UK government would probably like.

Why should law firms care?

Arm’s decision to list in the US might not worry law firms too much.

But the trend of companies opting for US listings over going public on the LSE is a bit worrying for law firms here in the UK.

UK corporate law firms help companies in the process of going public. For example, they prepare important, necessary documents like the prospectus which tells investors about the company.

If the LSE is considered to be less competitive than other foreign exchanges, then there will be fewer opportunities for UK corporate teams to advise on this lucrative type of work.


🥕 Know your food geography?

Let’s return to the subject of Gruyère for today’s quiz.

The cheese was originally developed in the Swiss town of Gruyères (which is where it got its name from).

But there are loads of food products named after their place of origin.

Can you name the country which these foods are named after?

  1. Ceylon tea

  2. Demerara sugar (this one’s a hard one)

  3. Branston Pickle

  4. Yukon Gold potato

  5. Habanero pepper

Scroll down to the bottom to see the answers 👀


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Quiz Answer: 

  1. Ceylon tea = Sri Lanka

  2. Demerara sugar = Guyana

  3. Branston Pickle = England

  4. Yukon Gold potato = Canada

  5. Habanero pepper = Cuba