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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.


The new gTLDs and the Trademark Clearinghouse: four tips for brand owners

The imminent launch of more than 1,400 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) poses a major challenge to brand owners seeking to enforce and maintain control over the way their key trademarks appear in domain names. The domain ender ‘.com’ is the most widely used of the current gTLDs, but ‘.net’, ‘.org’ and ‘.edu’ gTLDs are […]


Gordons hits Addleshaw Goddard for Leeds partner hire

Gordons has hired former Addleshaw Goddard partner Simon Pilling as a corporate partner in its Leeds office. Pilling was a leading partner at Addleshaw Goddard for 12 years. He spent seven years in the corporate and private equity practice in London, before returning to the firm’s Leeds office in 2009. Pilling will take up his […]


BLP and Mayer Brown set out stall for £105m Old Spitalfields sale

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), HowardKennedyFSI and Mayer Brown have advised on New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation’s purchase of London’s Old Spitalfields Market for £105m, in a deal referred to as the UK capital’s largest retail investment this year. Ashkenazy, a private real estate investment group focusing on retail and office assets, bought the Grade II-listed […]

Conyers advises on $3.7bn privatisation of Focus Media Holding Ltd

Conyers Dill & Pearman has acted as Cayman counsel to the buying consortium of FountainVest Partners (Asia) Ltd, Carlyle Asian Investment Advisors Ltd and CITIC Capital Partners Management Ltd on the $3.7bn privatisation of Focus Media Holding Ltd by way of merger. The deal is said to be the largest privatisation of a Cayman company […]

tom solesbury rowing

From rowing boat to employment law

Nearly 10 months ago I was sat on the start line of the Olympic final – the culmination of 13 years of my life dedicated to rowing. I still haven’t watched the race and I still don’t want to, it brings back too many bad memories. The media totally wrote us – the Great Britain […]

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