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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).


Freshfields, White & Case tie up Kazakhstan deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case have made headway for future share offerings in the Republic of Kazakhstan, advising on the $2.03bn (£1.09bn) IPO of a Kazakh oil company. KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production (KMG), the third-largest producer of crude oil in Kazakhstan, raised around $2.03bn from an IPO that consisted of 23.1 million new […]

College of Law shines a light on state schools

College of Law chief Nigel Savage has thrown down the gauntlet. The college is demonstrating its commitment to diversity in the legal profession by handing over £1.25m to a scheme to attract non-private-school-educated students into the law and is asking the profession to do the same. As we report today, the college has teamed up […]

3 Serjeants’ Inn wins Australian silk

Commercial and common law set 3 Serjeants’ Inn has boosted its clinical negligence offering with the hire of new door tenant Laurence Levy SC. Levy, an Australian silk, has recently been called to the English and Welsh bar and will carry out his practice in the UK from Serjeants’ Inn. Stuart Brown QC, an existing […]

Kite Consultancy hires for new groups

Legal consultancy the Kite Consultancy has hired four new consultants to facilitate the launch of two new departments. John Angel and Matthew di Rienzo join the new information and knowledge management group. Angel, who is the chairman of the Information Tribunal, was former head of online legal services at Clifford Chance. Rienzo, a qualified barrister, […]

Firms enter three-way Russian IPO battle

Ashurst, Linklaters and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher are battling it out to advise newly merged Russian aluminium giants Rusal and Sual on the merged entity’s proposed London listing. The battle follows the three firms’ plum roles on the $30bn (£16.15bn) tripartite merger of Rusal, domestic rival Sual and Swiss commodities trader Glencore’s alumina business, announced […]

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