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Considerations for listed companies in response to Covid-19

COVID-19 continues to cause unprecedented disruption to all business operations, which includes the annual corporate calendar for listed public companies when preparing and filing accounts, holding AGMs and making dividend payments to their shareholders. Below is a summary of the key considerations.

Mind the gap – How to effect a safe return to work

As the UK remains in lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty abounds about when a return to “normal” life can be expected. Government commentary suggests social distancing may continue for the rest of the year, raising questions about how to effect a safe return to work.

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The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) has set its requirements for the new role of general counsel, and it is looking for one of the most senior people in the legal market. The general counsel will take over from commercial and legal director Charlie Wijeratna, who will become commercial director. Wijeratna told […]

Buena Vista TV snaps up ex-BBC senior counsel

Disney-subsidiary Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has appointed former BBC senior counsel Simon Taylor as its chief legal officer. Taylor will take up the role of vice president legal & business affairs for BVITV’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region, heading a staff of 11 across London and Paris. The appointment fills the vacancy created […]

Mannheimer plunders Vinge for China launch

Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has launched in China by raiding local rival Vinge, taking its sole Hong Kong partner Thomas Lagerqvist and Shanghai office head Ulf Ohrling. The practice, to be bolstered by Swedish associates from Mannheimer, will focus on M&A and IP work, while also advising on real estate and dispute resolution. First revealed […]

International report

Orsay Avocats Associés is a small firm, but it is quietly flourishing in the world of big deals. Nearly two-thirds of Orsay’s ?5m (£3.5m) turnover comes from acting on leveraged buyouts, usually worth several million euros, for banking and investment clients such as 3i, Sofinnova and CEC. The rest is derived from traditional areas of […]

Sidley outstrips rivals in HK IPO stakes

Sidley Austin has taken the bulk of the riches in the IPO goldrush sweeping Hong Kong. The US firm has advised on more IPOs, acting for both companies and underwriters, than any other firm, according to figures released by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) and published by Asian Legal Business. During 2005, Sidley advised […]

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