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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.


Legal Widow

Subjudice has commandeered the Lawyer’s firm to help her win the school’s mock election, due in May. They’re running it like a US presidential campaign, so we’re in the midst of the primaries now: the parties elect a leader and create a new school curriculum as their manifesto, and they will have to face various […]

Scottish Water set to review panel

Scottish Water is poised to launch a review of its external legal advisers The public company, which was formed in 2002 following the merger of Scotland’s east, west and north water authorities, is planning to put all of the law firms it instructs through a competitive tender exercise later this year. The water company conducts […]

Norton Rose lose out to Herbies on $3.5bn mobile disposal

Norton Rose has been left out in the cold on the massive $3.5bn disposal of two Eastern European mobile phone operators to Vodafone after its regular client, Montreal-based Telesystems International Wireless (TIW), turned to Herbert Smith. The mandate came to Herbert Smith through a referral from its Dutch ally Stibbe. It is the first time […]

Finance deals round-up

Macfarlanes (Tom Speechley) advised NIB Capital Bank on the refinancing of Schoeller Wavin Systems Holding and its subsidiaries in connection with the simultaneous acquisition of Arca Systems International. Clifford Chance advised the Schoeller Wavin group. Mannheimer Swartling advised the vendors. Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s Washington DC office (Glenn Gerstell) advised Export-Import Bank of the US and Export Development Canada on a $750m (£391.6m) facility […]

BPP’s legal division drives 29 per cent growth

BPP Law School has outperformed the rest of its parent company with a turnover growth of 29 per cent in 2004. The news comes in today’s (16 March) annual statement. The law school reported income of £19.8m, up from 2003’s £14m. Meanwhile, turnover for the BPP group as a whole was £118.7m, a rise of […]

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