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Following a period of recent change for the worse in M&A (and PE exits) activity, due to political uncertainty and governance issues, can local strategy – combined with Africanising operations – and positive business sentiment improve the current state of affairs?

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Ban on evicting commercial tenants extended

On 9 December 2020 the Government confirmed that the evictions ban on commercial tenants for non-payment of rent will be extended until the end of March 2021, protecting business owners affected by COVID-19.


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Norton Rose Fulbright sets out new WFH rules for staff

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is the latest firm to implement a remote working policy in response to Covid-19, with post-pandemic plans enabling staff and partners to work 50 per cent of the time from home. This will apply to all members of staff and partners in the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) offices, […]


Five firms win places in Serco’s latest panel review

British outsourcing giant Serco has rejigged its panel for the first time since reviewing the roster in 2016. The full panel, which covers the UK and Europe, sees the reappointment of Clifford Chance, DWF and Pinsent Masons, while Radiant Law and Clyde & Co have been retained for group corporate procurement matters and specific regulatory […]


Freshfields, Macfarlanes and Wachtell lead on AstraZeneca’s mega-pharma deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have spearheaded AstraZeneca’s $39bn (£29.5bn) stock-and-cash acquisition of US biotech Alexion. Cambridge-headquartered AstraZeneca’s acquisition of its US rival comes amid its central role in developing the much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccine with the University of Oxford. Freshfields advised AstraZeneca on both the US and UK legal aspects […]

QC appointments on the rise as 114 take silk

The number of new QCs has increased by five per cent this year, with Fountain Court and Blackstone adding to their roster of silks, as well as two magic circle firms. A total of 114 new QCs were announced today, from 258 applicants, with the percentage of women falling by two following last year’s 28 […]

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