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By Aravind Swaminathan and Tara McGraw Swaminatha The New York Times recently reported that an organised Russian criminal group stole approximately 1.2 billion username and password credentials associated with more than 500 million email addresses from hundreds of thousands of websites around the world. The article notes that the hackers used a large botnet (a […]

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In autumn 2011, Thailand suffered severe floods. Among the properties damaged were shops and distribution centres owed by a subsidiary of Tesco. Tesco was insured against property damage and BI losses in Thailand under a master global policy issued by ACE European Group and under a local policy issued in Thailand by ACE INA. The […]

IRS implements sweeping changes to Circular 230: key points for practitioners

By Diana L Erbsen and Michael J Scarduzio Final Circular 230 regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on 9 June are now in effect, implementing sweeping changes to the governing practice standards for attorneys and other practitioners practising before the IRS. In large part, the IRS has adopted the proposed regulations (REG-138367-06) published on 17 […]

Joining AIM: a field guide for applicants to AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange

AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange, is the world’s premier market for smaller growing companies. AIM serves as a mechanism for companies seeking access to capital to realise their growth and innovation potential. It plays a vital role in the funding environment for small and medium-sized enterprises as they develop their businesses. Since […]

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Considerations for listed companies in response to Covid-19

COVID-19 continues to cause unprecedented disruption to all business operations, which includes the annual corporate calendar for listed public companies when preparing and filing accounts, holding AGMs and making dividend payments to their shareholders. Below is a summary of the key considerations.

Mind the gap – How to effect a safe return to work

As the UK remains in lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty abounds about when a return to “normal” life can be expected. Government commentary suggests social distancing may continue for the rest of the year, raising questions about how to effect a safe return to work.

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