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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).

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Freshfields’ absence in Luxembourg is baffling

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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Eight City lawyers make partner in Freshfields’ 21-strong promotions round

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted eight London lawyers to partner, while also revealing its largest-ever cohort of new US members. All but two of the Freshfields promotions in the City are in its transactions group, with two in disputes (Simon Duncombe and Ali Kirby-Harris are both thought to have trained with the firm). In transactions, […]

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Freshfields’ former US M&A head to join MoFo

Morrison & Foerster has hired a corporate partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s New York office for a new leadership role. Partner Mitchell Presser, who left Freshfields last week, will become co-chair of MoFo’s global corporate department alongside existing co-chairs Eric McCrath and Jackie Liu. Presser has been a partner at Freshfields’ New York office for […]

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Freshfields halts partner distributions for Q4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will not be dishing out partner profits for Q4, while the magic circle firm has also called off its partner conference, which had been scheduled for this summer. It comes as firms across the board decide whether to hold back or reduce partner distributions, or ask partners to put in slightly more […]

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Freshfields and Kirkland in action as Debenhams lines up administrators

Department store Debenhams has revealed its intention to appoint administrators, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Kirkland & Ellis among the firms acting on the lengthy restructuring process. The department store filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators early this morning, with FRP Advisory working on matters related to an administration. Freshfields has been acting […]

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