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Covid-19 Ireland: Support extended credit guarantee scheme and new pandemic fund

On 2 May 2020 the Irish Government agreed a suite of important measures to further support affected small, medium and larger businesses. These include a €2 billion COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme to support bank lending to small and medium sized enterprises and a new €2 billion Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund to support medium and large enterprises.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Debenhams

In a judgment handed down on 6th May 2020 in Re Debenhams Retail Ltd (in administration) [2020] EWCA Civ 600, the Court of Appeal provided confirmation on the implications for office holders and insolvent estates of using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations, following the previous first instance decisions on the issue in Re Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) and Re Debenhams Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch). Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Carluccio’s

In a judgment handed down on Monday 13th April 2020 in Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch), Snowden J considered the application of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations both as a matter of principle and in respect of the logistics and practicalities involved for office holders. Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Green is good – a Channel Islands perspective

Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO of The International Stock Exchange Group, explores how the Channel Islands are utilising experience and expertise to make a significant impact in global green and sustainable finance initiatives.


ABN Amro hunts for new Asian compliance chief

ABN Amro’s Asian compliance chief and head of legal in Hong Kong has resigned from the Dutch banking giant.Carmel Breadner is due relocate to Portugal with her family.Tony Corcoran, ABN Amro’s head of legal for Asia Pacific, will step into Breadner’s role on a temporary basis. Laurie Adams, the bank’s global head of legal and […]

Philip Green’s efforts to head Safeway rivals off at the pass

Helen Power reports on where the Takover Panel stands regarding gagging orders on rival bidders Philip Green doesn’t seem to like lawyers much. According to The Times, he told a small business conference two weeks ago that lawyers charge you a lot for nothing except a lot of paper. In the case of Safeway, Green’s […]

Give that firm a cigar

On calling the White & Case press office this week with a certain legal query, the press officer in question advised The Lawyer hack that the best person to answer the relevant query would be none other than Bill Clinton. “Bill Clinton?” asked the confused hack. “As in William J Clinton?” “That’s right,” came the […]

Stringer Saul boosts commercial property with Jeffrey Green hire

West End firm Stringer Saul has hired a partner from Jeffrey Green Russell as part of a new growth plan.David Connick joins the commercial property practice at Stringer Saul, which is headed by Martin Ackland. He brings particular expertise in retail, leisure and development work. Connick said: “I will be welcoming old clients into the […]

Former bankruptcy head finds new post

Dewey Ballantine’s former head of bankruptcy has jumped ship to Boston’s Ropes & Gray after nearly 20 years with the firm. Stuart Hirshfield has joined the Boston firm’s office in New York, where he will head up the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice. Hirshfield’s move is the latest step in Ropes & Gray’s attempts to […]

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