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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.



Olswang represented the management of Financial Data Systems (FDS) and institutional sellers Gresham Trust on the sale of FDS to Wolters Kluwer. FDS will be managed within Croner.CCH Group, a UK operating division of Wolters Kluwer. Fabrizo Carpanini, private equity partner at Olswang, acted with a five-strong team. Wragge & Co advised Wolters Kluwer.

Be prepared for dirty money

New legislation is placing the onus on law firms to play their part in beating the money launderers, says Andrew Clark. New anti-money laundering developments will significantly affect the legal profession. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has new responsibilities to regulate certain activities of firms involved in investment business. This should focus the minds of […]

Finers Stephens nabs Mishcons tax expert

West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent is taking on a new tax principal from City practice Mishcon de Reya. Brian Slater is a qualified accountant and joins the firm with partner status to advise on corporate tax, property tax, VAT and employee share options schemes. Mishcons says that Slater held a “senior position” in the […]


CMS Cameron McKenna advised Big Yellow Group on its £97m flotation on AIM. The net proceeds are expected to total £43.5m after the company included a £45m placing and offer of new shares as part of the float. John Burton

Shearmans elects European partner to policy committee

Top five New York-based firm Shearman & Sterling has elected a non-New York partner to its executive policy committee for the first time ever. The managing partner of the Paris office of the firm, Emmanuel Gaillard, joins four New York colleagues plus managing partner Whitney Pidot and senior partner Stephen Volk on the seven-member group. […]

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