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After Covid-19: Return to work and the “new normal”

COVID-19 has left the whole world shaken. There’s a lot of debate going on about how soon life will return to normal, and whether things will ever be quite the same as used to be. Certainly the ‘post COVID19 return to work’ is a hot topic right now, particularly after recent advice from the UK Government.

Government makes it easier for manufacturers to offer PPE on the European market

Following a European Commission Recommendation published on 13 March 2020 (EC Recommendation), the government have taken steps to relax regulatory requirements in relation to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The changes enable manufacturers to place PPE on the market more quickly in an effort to meet the ever increasing demand […]

Angola: banking regulations 2020

The Angolan banking system now comprises 26 banks, it being widely agreed that Angola’s banking institutions will need to continue their consolidation over the next few years – particularly considering that Angolan banking institutions still have a high rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs), despite the 5% reduction in 2018, and are being required to comply with international best practices and standards issued by the Basel Committee on banking supervision.

Changes in the real estate landscape

The past week has seen significant changes for all involved in real estate. This article summaries the key points owners and their advisors need to know.


View from the profession

Has mediation failed to make its mark? The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution’s (Cedr) mediation statistics may show that mediation growth was at a virtual standstill last year, but are commentators right to paint a gloomy outlook for mediation?In short, no. Evidence suggests that, although the mediation market – both users and providers – are […]

Tri and tri again

Congratulations are in order. For all you crazy fools that took part in The Lawyer Cup, part of the London Triathlon, the world’s third-largest and the UK’s biggest triathlon event. Tulkinghorn wonders why on earth anyone would want to swim 1.5km (in the Thames), run 10km and cycle 40km, but you did. Anyway, while none […]

Mapeley and Nabarros in row over legal fees

Leading business accommodation specialist Mapeley has initiated a major shake up of its legal outsourcing following a disagreement over fees with longstanding adviser Nabarro Nathanson. One source close to Mapeley said the disagreement centred around fees for Mapeley’s high-profile property outsourcing deal (Steps) with the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise.Chief executive Robin Priest […]

KLegal Oy swallows six-lawyer Finnish firm

KPMG’s law firm in Finland is boosting its M&A capability and taking over the largest firm in Tampere. The acquisition of six-lawyer Asianajotoimisto Seppälä & Co boosts KLegal Oy to 23 lawyers. The firm is aiming for 50 to equal Finland’s largest firms.KLegal Oy opened in Finland last June, and is the only accountancy-tied law […]

White & Case (Rachel Hatfield) advised on the restructuring of a portion of the original restructured debt of $800m (£551.3m) relating to loans made to Group Menatep.

White & Case advised Menatep on the buyback of debt from Russian oil company Yukos, and the arrangers UBS Warburg.Theodore Goddard (Vanessa Pringle, James Linforth) advised Anglo Irish Bank Corporation on the £9.4m financing of the acquisition of the Anglesea Shopping Centre in Gravesend. Purchaser Anglesea Investments advised by the Simkins Partnership (David Campbell).

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