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The Sustainable Innovation Fund is launched by government

At the end of June, the government unveiled the £200 million Sustainable Innovation Fund to help innovative businesses bounce back following the Covid-19 pandemic. On 27 June 2020, the government launched the Sustainable Innovation Fund to drive forward cutting-edge new technology following the coronavirus crisis. The fund is intended to develop new sustainable opportunities for […]

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Seeing through the fog

By Adrian Howells Following the Government’s announcement of The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), you will no doubt have found yourself inundated with communications about this from a variety of different firms, ourselves included. Whilst these communications set out the facts as listed on the British Business Banks (BBB) website, there is nevertheless a […]

Swiss IP Newsletter July 2020

“SWISS RE – WE MAKE THE WORLD MORE RESILIENT” – Trademark found not to be misleading without a limitation of the services to Swiss origin.


Vinge tempts banking star back to partnership

Swedish firm Vinge has lured a high-profile investment banker into its practice to become a partner in its corporate finance department.Bertil Villard was head of corporate finance at domestic investment bank Alfred Bergs ABN Amro in Stockholm, which ABN Amro acquired from Volvo Group in April 1995.Villard is no stranger to Vinge. He was managing […]

Deals Summary

Norton Rose (Carol Roberts) is acting for Italian export credit agency Sace on a $1.1bn (£771.4m) recourse financing of Rio Polimeros’ polyethelene plant, which is being constructed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clifford Chance is advising Rio Polimeros. Chiomenti is advising BNP Paribas, which is leading a syndicate of lenders under the export credit guarantee […]

Howrey bags EC cartel ace for Brussels drive

Howrey Simon Arnold & White has taken on Julian Joshua, the former head of the European Commission (EC) cartels unit, for its new Brussels office. Joshua, who joins as a partner from the Brussels office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, is central to Howrey’s plans for a long-awaited Brussels opening.Howrey’s first Brussels hire was Trevor […]

TLT appoints new managing partner

TLT has appointed David Pester as managing partner of its 32-partner law firm. Pester was previously head of the firm’s corporate finance team, but will be replaced by corporate partner Nicole Little. He will continue to be involved in fee-earning work. Pester succeeds employment partner Robert Bourns. Recently, the firm launched TLT Venturing, an independent […]

TJG-Wessing talks under threat as Frankfurt rebels

Partners threaten to quit Wessing if Taylor Joynson Garrett link-up gets go-ahead Taylor Joynson Garrett is facing a major stumbling block in its merger talks with German firm Wessing.It is understood that a group of partners in the Frankfurt office are opposed to the merger and have threatened to break away if Wessing decides to […]

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