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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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Dechert told to produce documents in latest RAKIA development

Dechert’s board in the US will have to disclose documents relating to its client, the RAK Investment Authority, as part of a human rights claim brought by a Jordanian lawyer and current prisoner. Karam Al Sadeq, who was imprisoned for fraud against RAKIA is bringing a lawsuit in England and Wales against the firm and […]

Judge dismisses “inappropriate” challenge over $2.2bn mining award

A High Court judge, giving his verdict in the latest spat between mining company Vale and BSG Resources, has criticised litigants and their advisers for adopting a “needlessly antagonistic” stance in disputes. Master Davison made the comments after dismissing an application made by former BSG director Dag Lars Cramer against a Part 71 Order requested […]

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Simpson Thacher targets Gibson Dunn for City M&A hire

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has poached private equity partner James Howe from Gibson Dunn. Howe, who focuses on cross-border leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, joins Simpson Thacher’s London M&A practice after four years as a partner at Gibson Dunn. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn he was a partner at Proskauer Rose.  […]

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