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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.



Clifford Chance has appointed David Byrne as its global head of business development for finance and capital markets. Byrne joins from Linklaters, where he was head of marketing and business development for the finance division. DLA Piper has hired energy and transportation assistant Robert Gruendel in New York from US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & […]

Human rights groups slate Colombia’s new Peace and Justice Law

Colombia’s president Alvaro Uribe’s record at curbing the bloodshed caused by crossfire between the country’s left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries was key to his re-election in May. But in seeking to complete a demobilisation of paramilitaries that was agreed earlier in the year, President Uribe, a former lawyer, has passed a law seen by many […]

Price check

Hill v Spread Trustee Company does much to clarify the oft-debated Section 423 of the Insolvency Act. By Catherine Newman QC There have been a number of interesting decisions under Section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 in recent years. The section empowers the court to set aside transactions entered into at any time if […]

Bar complaints setup due for rejig

The Bar Standards Board’s new independent complaints commissioner is set to overhaul the bar’s disciplinary and complaints system to increase transparency and efficiency. Robert Behrens, who was appointed in June 2006, said there were three key weaknesses with the present complaints system: the views of complainants are not taken into account enough; there is not […]

Back to work with a vengeance

As we march into September the M&A market has bounced back to life after the traditional summer lull and is expected to be even busier than this time last year. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s Italian arm kicked off the autumn season by scoring a lead role on Italy’s banking mega-merger, advising Sanpaolo IMI on its E64bn […]

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