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Roberts case – a summary

The name of this case may seem familiar; perhaps too familiar given the time it usually takes for matters to proceed through our court system. However, you’d be right. This is the third preliminary issue in the matter of Harry Roberts (a minor and a protected party by his mother and litigation friend Mrs Lauren […]

Covid-19: Duties of Guernsey directors

As companies continue to adjust to operating under the various regimes put in place by both the States of Guernsey and governments globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even now look forward to how and when restrictions may be eased, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (the GFSC) has issued guidance on matters they believe directors should give particular regard to when undertaking their role.

Retrospective submission of a contract of sale

On 8 May, 2020, the Supreme Court of Cyprus delivered its much-awaited judgement in the context of the appeal 68/19 (Appeal), granting leave for the submission of an application for the issuance of a Certiorari, a prerogative writ.

Covid-19 litigation update

New Practice Direction 51ZA Extension of Time Limits and Clarification of PD51Y Almost three weeks ago saw the publication of the 118th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules. This new practice direction, namely practice Direction 51ZA, sought to revise the usual procedures for the extension of time limits and to provide clarification on […]


The Anorak

Amsterdam and London recently played host to two very different conferences on new media technology. In the terribly hip and happening city of London, the big players met to discuss the future media, business and legal problems streaming media presents. And in Amsterdam, a bunch of artists, activists and anarchists hung around the trendier bars […]

A&O lures top securitisation partner in Singapore

Allen & Overy (A&O) is raiding US rival Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in Singapore and taking on its first securitisation partner in that country. Kenneth Aboud will also be the office’s first US-qualified partner when he joins the firm’s 12-partner securitisation team, which operates out of Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, New York, Tokyo and now […]

Merger of Dutch

Merger of Dutch biotechnology companies IntroGene and U-BiSys, to form Crucell, and subsequent IPO. Financial adviser Goldman Sachs represented by Linklaters & Alliance (Paul Cronheim). Crucell advised by Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Loyens & Loeff. Underwriters Goldman Sachs, ING Bank and UBS Warburg advised by Linklaters (Bill Hobbs and Stephen […]

Prestige Acquisitions

Prestige Acquisitions makes £507m recommended bid for Powell Duffryn. Prestige advised by Allen & Overy, financial adviser Deutsche Bank represented by Norton Rose (Laurence Levy, Andrew Bamber). Financing was also provided by Nikko Principal Investments. Powell Duffryn represented by Slaughter and May.

a year ago this week

Global CC axed for Ashursts British Midland (BM) axed global giant Clifford Chance for a smaller firm in the belief that it would receive a “better service”. The UK’s second-biggest airline used Ashurst Morris Crisp at this time last year when Scandinavian Airlines Systems sold its 20 per cent stake in BM to Lufthansa for […]

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