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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.


Richards Butler lands first Microsoft acquisition remit on Lionhead deal

Richards Butler has scooped the lead advisory role for Microsoft Game Studios on its takeover of UK company Lionhead Studios. It is the first time the firm has acted for Microsoft on an acquisition. Corporate partner David Boutcher and associate Mike Young led the firm’s team on the complex deal, which required a split offering […]

XXIV enjoys 16 per cent turnover hike

Chancery set XXIV Old Buildings is celebrating a 23 per cent rise in revenue per barrister, posting an average income of £434,000 for each of its 29 members. The set saw turnover rise by 16 per cent to £12.6m in 2005-06. But the loss of Roger Kaye QC to the Chancery and Mercantile Court in […]

Herbies bags lead role for Yell on TPI deal

Herbert Smith has advised longstanding client Yell on its proposed takeover of Spanish rival Telefonica Publicidad e Informacion (TPI). Earlier this year Spanish telecoms company Telefonica put its 59.9 per cent stake in TPI up for sale through an auction process. It was announced last month (28 April) that Yell had won that process. Yell […]

DWS embarks on mission to bolster depleted partnership

Denton Wilde Sapte is set to rebuild its partnership with 26 promotions after losing almost a fifth of its partners over the past two years. Technology, media & telecoms (TMT), which notoriously lost 11 partners in one fell swoop to DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in 2004, did not make up any lawyers, having promoted three during […]

Revenue per barrister drops at Seven Bedford Row

Civil and criminal set Seven Bedford Row is celebrating a nine per cent income increase – but revenue per barrister has dipped below the £200,000 mark after a hiring spree. The set’s turnover rose to £15.3m in 2006 from £14m last year, but with 77 members including 18 silks, average revenue per barrister dropped to […]

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