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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).

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Former Ashurst managing partner quits for Shearman

Ashurst’s former managing partner Ian Nisse is leaving for Shearman & Sterling. The property partner, who served as managing partner from 1997 to 2000, is joining the US firm to set up its real estate practice, which it hopes to grow to three partners and 10 associates. Shearman has been searching for a real estate […]

Hammonds recruits new Hong Kong managing partner

Hammonds appointed a former Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BL&G) partner as the head of its Hong Kong office. Anthony Chan starts work at Hammonds today (1 September), where he will become managing partner for the office, which trades under the name of Li Brandt & Co. He specialises in finance and investment with particular expertise […]

Hammonds head of equity capital markets quits for Hunton & Williams

Hammonds’ head of equity capital markets, Martin Thomas, is leaving to join Hunton & Williams. The hire will significantly strengthen the US firm’s capital markets practice, in particular within the AIM market. Thomas has acted on over 40 AIM transactions, the majority during the four years he has spent at Hammonds. His clients include Close […]

Grapevine

I always used to think that over the summer holidays, most lawyers fled somewhere sunny and posh and forgot about work. This, as it turns out, is utter pants. At least it is this summer, with certain firms, mostly US-based, recruiting like mad – and it’s all been private equity lawyers. First was the Wayne […]

China edges open gap for foreign lawyers in new reforms

China has unveiled a second phase of reforms that will next year further ease the tough restrictions on the country’s legal market, although the reforms still fall short of granting foreign lawyers the right to practise local law. The new Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA II) between China and Hong Kong, which was announced by […]

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