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Combating both a No-deal Brexit and coronavirus restrictions – How to keep ahead

By Nick McEwen UK Businesses are well aware that they are facing the double challenge of Brexit and coronavirus whilst standing on the shifting sands of the ever-changing government stances relating to the twin perils with the consequential effect on their ability to do business. Agility is the key to survival when even sound contingency […]

Impact on the management of tax and social security obligations

By Tiago Marreiros Moreira, João Riscado Rapoula Are there any transitional social security measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? Regarding social security contributions to maintain jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19, the following measures were announced: Reduction of 1/3 of social security contributions due in March, April and May 2020; Payment of […]

New immigration rules for sportspeople

By Rachel Harvey, Ella Davis From 1 January 2021, free movement of European nationals will end, and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. Under the new system, all EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally which will completely transform the way in which EU migrants come to the UK to work. Under […]

Will COVID-19 change how we use our cities for the better?

By Jo McGuinness COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the occupation and use of our cities resetting the model of how we live and work. However, the key question is whether these changes will ultimately improve our quality of life and protect the environment in which we live? The end of the traditional commute […]

What are the chances of enforcing a foreign arbitral award or court judgment in Moldova? Recent developments & practical tips

By Vladimir Iurkovski Moldova is a member state to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. It is also a UNCITRAL Model Law country when it comes to international and domestic arbitration. In addition, Moldova has several treaties on recognition and enforcement of foreign civil (commercial) judgments. Still, as […]

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Cadwalader’s Griffin quits for Herbert Smith

The London office of US firm Cadwalader Wickersham &Taft is losing project finance partner Paul Griffin to Herbert Smith, leaving a question mark over the future of the firm’s nascent projects group. According to three sources close to Cadwalader, Griffin decided to leave after disagreements over the level of the firm’s investment in the projects […]

Financing

Slaughter and May acted for Blue Circle Industries on arranging loan facilities of approximately £1.6bn. The financing was used in part to fund a share buy back scheme in defence of Lafarge’s bid for the company. Slaughters commercial partners Richard Slater and Tom Kinnersley acted on the deal with support from commercial assistant Sarah Paterson.

Scuffle of the week

Paediatrician Mark Ashton v relatives of David Glass. Ashton told a court in Portsmouth that Glass’ two aunts and an uncle attacked him and a colleague after the family asked that doctors withdraw diamorphine being used to ease Glass’ pain. Glass, who was born with hydranencephaly, had profound mental and physical disabilities and the medical […]

Landwell makes move on Hungary through local link

Landwell, the legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, is attacking the Hungarian market by linking up with local firm Dezso Reti & Antall. The alliance, which will allegedly create Hungary’s largest firm, is the accountant’s third foray into eastern Europe after setting up links with firms in Poland and Russia. The Budapest-based firm hopes to boost its […]

Top Cravath M&Apartner quits for Chase Manhattan

Top New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is losing one of its most senior M&A partners to investment bank Chase Manhattan. Highly-rated Rob Kindler is leaving to become a managing director at Chase Manhattan, and will be charged with helping to bring in the mega-merger deals that have so far eluded the bank. Recognised […]

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