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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.

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Keeble bags Standard Life

Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson has beaten a slew of other mid-sized firms to secure a lucrative instruction as the leading legal adviser for Standard Life’s new pension product. The firm will become Standard Life’s key adviser for the commercial property investments of its new flagship pension product the Standard Life SIPP (self-invested personal pension). […]

DLA boosts fledgling German operation with CC hire

DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Dr Martin Schulte. Dusseldorf-based Schulte will join DLA’s growing Cologne office in late November. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 July), DLA debuted in Germany following a split from its former German ally Goerg Rechtsanwalte. The split saw DLA poach […]

MBR&M conflict gifts Nabarros Sloane deal

Nabarro Nathanson advised Sloane Blackfriars Limited on its £170m acquisition of Unilever House after Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) was forced to pass on the instruction because of a conflict of interest. An insider at MBR&M confirmed that Sloane Blackfriars had originally approached the firm regarding the sale and leaseback of the landmark Unilever […]

Ashurst elbows out Linklaters on Sportingbet

Ashurst has pushed aside Linklaters to scoop its first major corporate deal for new client Sportingbet, the world’s largest online betting company. The City firm is advising Sportingbet in relation to the £169.1m acquisition of Paradise Poker – one of the four largest internet poker sites – and the placing of 54,545,454 new ordinary shares […]

Lord Chancellor underlines commitment to Law Commission

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, announced on Friday (29 October) that Hugh Beale QC has been reappointed as a Law Commissioner for a second term. Beale is a professor of law at Warwick University and was appointed as honorary silk in 2002. He specialises in contract law. Lord Falconer said the appointment underlined the value […]

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