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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).


Clydes rejig sees head of corporate quit

Clyde & Co‘s respected head of corporate David Page has quit the firm following a strategic review of its corporate practice. Managing partner of the firm Michael Payton dismissed suggestions of a ‘difference in vision’ between Page and the rest of the corporate department. Page told The Lawyer: “The difference in vision is the type […]

RHM in conflict with ex-counsel

RHM Foodbrands, the main operating company of Mr Kipling cakes and Hovis Bread, has become embroiled in a spat with its former interim head of legal. IP specialist Kevin Mutch was RHM’s interim legal head until Thomas Murphy took the helm two months ago. He is claiming that he and one other senior lawyer were […]

GIB UK puts advisers under the microscope in full-scale review

Gulf International Bank (UK) (GIB UK), the UK subsidiary of Bahrain-based Gulf International, is poised to launch a full-scale review of its legal panel. GIB UK’s head of legal and compliance Dominic Bacon confirmed that a review will be launched as early as this summer, but added that the structure of the process is yet […]

Firm profile: Greenfort

Frankfurt-based Greenfort was launched on 1 April to offer medium-sized companies and financial investors an alternative source for obtaining legal advice. Founding partners: Andreas von Oppen, Carsten Angersbach, Daniel Roeder and Gunther WeissTotal number of partners: Four Main practice areas: Corporate Number of offices: One Location: Frankfurt Frankfurt-based Greenfort was launched on 1 April to […]

Lovells helps ING to say final farewell to Barings

Lovells has advised longstanding client ING on the sale of Baring Asset Management 10 years after helping the Dutch financial services giant to buy the business. When ING stepped in to rescue Barings in 1995, private equity partner Marco Compagnoni donated the princely sum of £1 that ING paid to buy the defunct investment banking […]

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