Corporate

Dubai

Dechert’s former Dubai co-head moves to new firm in London

Dechert’s former Dubai co-managing partner Gavin Watson has left the firm for Pillsbury, where he will work as a partner in its London office. Watson has relocated from the Middle East to London, with a focus on cross-border corporate transactions in the oil and gas space. He joined Dechert in 2012 from defunct firm Dewey & […]

Flybe

Morgan Lewis’ latest recruits come good as firm joins trio on Flybe sale

Herbert Smith Freehills and Morgan Lewis & Bockius are representing a consortium in its rescue of troubled Flybe Airways for £2.2m. The consortium is formed by Connect Airways, a joint venture company owned by Cyrus funds, Stobart Aviation and Virgin Atlantic. Morgan Lewis partner Georgia Quenby has been leading for Connect and Cyrus, along with […]

gourmet food

Clifford Chance and Debevoise lead in $1bn sale of Searcys owner

Clifford Chance and Debevoise & Plimpton are acting in a US buyout firm’s big UK food sector play, as it takes a $1bn stake in the British hospitality company behind the Benugo and Searcys eateries. Christopher Sullivan, a City-based M&A partner at Clifford Chance, is advising UK catering operator WSH Investments, supported by senior associates Jonathan Dillon and Oliver Marcuse. […]

HMV

City duo secure lead mandates on HMV administration

Addleshaw Goddard and Howard Kennedy have been called in to act on the administration of HMV, after it struggled to scrape past Christmas and became the latest victim on the ailing high street. Addleshaws is advising administrators KPMG, led by business support and restructuring partners Fraser Ritson and Alison Goldthorpe. KPMG was confirmed as administrators […]

Analysis

Have we forgotten how to listen?

We shout a lot these days and we seem to have forgotten how to listen. Even if we are listening it is, more often than at any time in the history of mankind, within our own bubble as we plug in the earphones and pull up the audio drawbridge. There’s a lot of shouting on […]

Featured briefings

Ontario employers: Time to update your ESA poster

By Craig J. Stehr, André Poulin-Denis The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) requires that employers in Ontario display a poster published by the Ministry of Labour. The poster provides information about employee rights and obligations under the ESA and its regulations, and is periodically updated. Recently, the Ministry published a new eighth version of the poster, which is available […]

‘Strexit’ – dealing with workplace stress, depression and anxiety

By Sinead Kelly Ever had to deal with a toxic work environment? Being undermined? A lack of support? Working to tight deadlines under pressure? One can only assume this would resonate quite strongly with Theresa May at present. In a wider context however, these issues are of course all factors which can lead to workplace stress.

All aboard the bond wagon: SEBI board meeting decisions

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in its meeting held on 18 August 2018, besides reviewing the total expense ratio of the mutual fund schemes and agreeing to introduce united payment interface with ASBA facility for public issues, has also paved the way for further stimulating the bond market by removing the requirement […]

Portugal: An introduction to insurance

The insurance M&A activity during 2017 followed the consolidation trend of the previous years, with a number of sales procedures of insurance companies being completed or initiated during this period. Similar to the previous years, these sales procedures attracted mainly foreign investors (particularly China-based), thus the control of the insurance sector has become more and […]

The legal hub – Create the ideal state for your corporate legal team

Corporate legal teams are under constant pressure to deliver more value to their organisations. Growing demand and changing expectations from the business mean that legal departments are adapting to embrace innovation and requiring their network of external counsel to do the same. Generally, corporate legal teams are adopting new technologies and adapting to changing pressures […]

Amendment to S. 197 of companies act, 2013 notified: Government approval no longer required for enhancement of managerial remuneration

In a long awaited move, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (CA Amendment Act), relating to managerial remuneration, which are now in force with effect from 12 September 2018. By way of a notification, the amendments to Section 197 and Schedule V of the Companies […]

HR in 2019 – turbulent times ahead – what are the key challenges?

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment ‘May you live in interesting times’…an old Chinese saying intended to be uttered as a curse upon one’s enemies. We are living in unprecedented times and 2019 is undoubtedly set to be an ‘interesting’ year for business as ongoing fallout from Brexit translates to general uncertainty and unchartered trading conditions. Yet, against […]

Hungarian Competition Authority revokes its decision clearing Digi’s acquisition of Invitel and imposes a significant fine

By Anna Turi The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) cleared the acquisition of sole control over Invitel Távközlési Zrt (“Invitel”) by Digi Távközlési és Szolgáltató Kft (“DIGI”) conditionally – with commitments – in May 2018. A few months later, it established that DIGI had intentionally misled HCA officials and therefore revoked the decision and imposed a fine on […]

Doing business in Kazakhstan – 2018

Despite the fact that Kazakhstani legislation provides for a number of forms to incorporate commercial companies (full partnership, limited liability company, additional liability partnership, joint-stock company), in practice, businessmen and foreign investors often prefer a certain form of incorporation such as an LLP (TOO) or JSC (AO). Other forms of doing business in Kazakhstan are […]

Important pension developments in 2019

By Jason Coates, Ian Chapman-Curry, Kevin Gude 2019 promises plenty of developments that will keep trustees, employers and advisers busy. From Brexit to superfunds, pension professionals will have to grapple with new legislation, consultations and revised guidance. In this update, we outline nine key pension issues that are likely to dominate the pensions landscape this year, plus some […]

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