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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).


Slaughters gets nod from Land Securities

Land Securities has turned to ­stalwart adviser Slaughter and May on its £755.7m rights issue. The Slaughters team was led by corporate partner Gavin Brown, assisted by corporate associates Richard Smith and Grace Impey, tax associate Richard Jeens and pensions associate Ellen Swan. ­Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Simon Witty is acting for the banks.

Davis Polk, Shearman act on Ford debt restructure

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Shearman & Sterling have been handed the lead mandates on the restructuring of Ford Motor Company’s debt. Davis Polk partners Donald Bernstein, Michael Kaplan and Larry Wieman are leading for Ford in a deal that will see the company’s financing group Ford Credit make a $1.3bn cash offer for unsecured […]

Hammonds settles dispute with seven ex-partners

Hammonds has settled with seven out of eight former partners involved in a £1.7m profits dispute with the firm, days before a cost hearing was due following a High Court clash. The firm has settled with former partners Marija Danilunas (pictured), John Deacon, Mark Hilton, Jonathan Hosie, Simon Palmer, Martin Thomas and Stephen Tupper. David […]


A&O, Freshfields join US firms in push on P3

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have joined forces with leading US firms and banks to lobby for the expansion of public private partnerships (PPP) in the US. In a report by Kearsarge Global Advisers entitled “Benefits of Private Investment in Infrastructure”, a group comprised of seven law firms and 11 companies made […]

Special reports: Italy/HR and training

Italian law firms spent the end of last year scrapping to get deals closed and 2009 has brought more uncomfortable news for M&A lawyers. Practice area: HR & Training The first HR and Training special report outlines 10 steps that learning and development teams at law firms can use to maintain standards during the recession, […]

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