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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).

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Buchanans takes on Tarlo Lyons partner

Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on a partner from City media practice Tarlo Lyons to ramp up its technology capability. George Gardiner moves to the firm hot on the heels of top media and intellectual property lawyer Michael Henry, who joined Buchanans in August from H2O, formerly Henry Hepworth (The Lawyer, 14 August). Gardiner […]

Leading Wilson Sonsini partner leaves to join venture capitalist

Barry Taylor to spearhead Warburg Pincus’drive into Silicon Valley; fourth Wilson Sonsini partner this year to jump ship Silicon Valley giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is losing another top partner to the the venture capitalists. Barry Taylor, a member of the firm’s executive committee with responsibility for compensation, is joining long-standing client Warburg Pincus. […]

SSL International

SSL International acquires worldwide brand rights to the Hibi antiseptic product range from AstraZeneca for £46m. SSL advised by Kuit Steinart Levy (Colin Hoffman). AstraZeneca represented by its in-house legal team.

Dublin and Luxembourg rivals link up

A formal alliance between niche Dublin investment fund firm Dillon Eustace and Luxembourg’s Arendt & Medernach has just been announced. Both firms are highly rated for investment fund work and have formed an alliance despite the popular conception that the jurisdictions are in direct competition. Dillon Eustace partner Andrew Bates says: “Many people in the […]

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