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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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Simpson Thacher targets Gibson Dunn for City M&A hire

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has poached private equity partner James Howe from Gibson Dunn. Howe, who focuses on cross-border leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, joins Simpson Thacher’s London M&A practice after four years as a partner at Gibson Dunn. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn he was a partner at Proskauer Rose.  […]

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Vivo Energy appoints Barclays lawyer as new GC

Vivo Energy has filled its general counsel role with the hire of Barclays Bank’s former company secretary. Adrian de Souza joins the FTSE 250 company as GC from an interim role as company secretary and managing director at Barclays, a position he held between November 2018 to September 2019. Upon joining Vivo, on 27 July […]

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The deals that closed last week: Italian private equity and Russian gold

This week saw private equity house BC Partners make a nearly €3bn investment in Italian machinery business IMA, with firms including Kirkland & Ellis, NCTM and White & Case all bagging roles. IMA’s largest shareholder is Società Finanziaria Macchine Automatiche, which will be selling a 20 per cent shareholding to BC Partners. At a later […]

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