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4 tips for working from home with kids

While the world adjusted to working remotely during the pandemic, we all faced the obstacles of home setup, IT, and technology – but many of us also faced a new challenge of juggling working from home with parenting, as our children also had to adapt to homeschooling and an unexpectedly long summer holiday!

Track and trace: How to comply with the new regulations

The ‘track and trace’ programme is part of the government’s plan to slow the spread of Covid-19. It’s designed to make sure those who have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for the virus can be contacted and given advice to follow. Until recently, the government recommended hospitality businesses to collect certain customer information. From 17 September however, this became a legal requirement.

Romania plans to tighten its foreign investment screening rules

The screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs) has been a hot topic for some time now across CEE (as also covered here). Several jurisdictions have adopted stricter measures of scrutiny allowing for the vetting of transactions potentially posing security risks. In line with this trend, the Romanian Competition Council has put forward new draft legislation aimed at tightening the existing FDI screening rules. This draft is subject to public debate until 6 October.

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Luxembourg is the second-largest investment fund centre in the world and the biggest in Europe. This is not new – City firms have been handling funds work involving Luxembourg for decades. But there’s been a step change since the UK’s Brexit vote in 2016. One Grand Duchy-based asset manager GC describes it as “a place […]

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Clifford Chance extends associate career break initiative to US

Clifford Chance is looking to expand a scheme that offers two months of unpaid leave to associates, after a trial run was completed in the 2019/20 financial year. The scheme, named Clifford Chance Choice, was launched in March 2019 as a catalyst for new initiatives and projects aimed at adapting traditional work structures to accomodate […]

Share placements are filling the M&A gap at Slaughters

April was a tough month for most, but not so for equity capital markets (ECM) lawyers. According to data from Refinitiv, the UK saw the joint most share placements (equal to March 2017) in the last month than in any other month in the last decade. While glitzy corporate M&A lawyers bring in the cash […]

Mayer Brown adds second magic circle partner in a month

Following swiftly on from the hire of Allen & Overy’s Trevor Borthwick last month, Mayer Brown has targeted the magic circle again by bringing in a real estate partner from Linklaters. Mayer Brown has hired Simon Price, who has been in Linklaters’ real estate practice since 2015. He is the co-leader of the global funds and […]

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