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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.

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Akin Gump hires Africa-focused private equity partner from Orrick

Akin Gump has made a new hire to its City office, this time to expand its private equity focus in the African markets. Weyinmi Popo will join Akin this month after nearly four years at rival US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. He had previously been at Jones Day for nine years, making partner in […]

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Yet more hires at Akin – but this time, not from O’Melveny

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is continuing to hire a-plenty in the London recruitment market, bringing in a private equity duo from Vinson & Elkins. Vinson partners Shaun Lascelles and Simon Rootsey are joining Akin Gump’s expanding corporate and finance teams. Lascelles joined Vinson in 2016 after a short spell in Ashurst’s Singapore office. […]

Akin Gump brings in fifth O’Melveny lawyer this year

O’Melveny & Myers have lost two lawyers in London today, as merger negotiations with Allen & Overy continue to provide uncertainty for those still at the US firm. Jonathan Blake, a senior funds consultant, and Karen Ireland, a finance and capital markets counsel, have resigned from the firm and are the most recent in a […]

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