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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.


WFW enters Athens for renewable energy push

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has launched an office in Athens to focus on its global renewable energy capabilities. The new office head, dual UK and Greek-qualified energy partner Virginia Murray, will move to Athens with her team, which joined WFW from rival firm IKRP Rokas & Partner in March this year. Murray said: “We’ve […]

Links Cologne reopens under Oppenhoff banner

Linklaters ‘ abandoned Cologne operation will relaunch independently as Oppenhoff & Partner. The new firm will have 11 partners and 41 fee-earners and will focus on commercial, corporate and tax work. It will be led by Michael Oppenhoff, son of the late Walter Oppenhoff, who gave the firm its name, and Michael Abels. Respected corporate […]

Hammonds secures acquisition for new client Endless

Hammonds has advised new client Endless on the acquisition of Lancashire Chemical Works via a management buy-in led by Endless candidate Richard Sykes. Corporate partner Nick Watson and associate Paul Mann obtained the instruction from the private equity house in April 2007, with the deal taking seven months to close. Historically, Leeds-based Endless has used […]

Michael Mclaren: Fountain Court

What’s the best thing about your job?Flexibility of working hours (which, translated, means the ability to choose which anti-social hours to work). What was your first-ever job? A trainee with an engineering firm working on a chemical plant in Antwerp. What was your worst experience as a trainee?My pupilmaster was acting for Mohamed Al Fayed, […]

Baker aims to be shaker in Big Apple

Is there no end to the litany of firms chasing “significant” growth in New York? The latest culprit? Baker & McKenzie. Last month, Bakers held its annual partnership conference in London, a recognition of the fact that the city is now home to the super-global firm’s largest office. Yesterday, members of the firm’s Manhattan management, […]

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