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After Covid-19: Return to work and the “new normal”

COVID-19 has left the whole world shaken. There’s a lot of debate going on about how soon life will return to normal, and whether things will ever be quite the same as used to be. Certainly the ‘post COVID19 return to work’ is a hot topic right now, particularly after recent advice from the UK Government.

Government makes it easier for manufacturers to offer PPE on the European market

Following a European Commission Recommendation published on 13 March 2020 (EC Recommendation), the government have taken steps to relax regulatory requirements in relation to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The changes enable manufacturers to place PPE on the market more quickly in an effort to meet the ever increasing demand […]

Angola: banking regulations 2020

The Angolan banking system now comprises 26 banks, it being widely agreed that Angola’s banking institutions will need to continue their consolidation over the next few years – particularly considering that Angolan banking institutions still have a high rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs), despite the 5% reduction in 2018, and are being required to comply with international best practices and standards issued by the Basel Committee on banking supervision.

Changes in the real estate landscape

The past week has seen significant changes for all involved in real estate. This article summaries the key points owners and their advisors need to know.


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 […]

Delta Chapter 11 proceedings set to rack up $144.5m in fees

A swathe of US law firms could net up to $144.5m (£82.4m) in legal fees from Delta Air Lines’ Chapter 11 restructuring. The projection of legal costs come after nine law firms petitioned a New York bankruptcy court judge to approve almost $31m (£17.7m) in initial work. The amount covers the first four and a […]

Pinsents hikes professional liability

Pinsent Masons raided Charles Russell‘s insurance practice for joint head of professional liability Jacquetta Castle. Castle, who joins on 24 April, will work with partner Fiona Heyes to develop the firm’s professional liability practice. Charles Russell retains five partners in its insurance group, while Pinsents has nine. First revealed on 12 April

FFW’s Belgian ally appoints new chief

Field Fisher Waterhouse‘s (FFW) Belgian alliance member Verhaegen Walravens has appointed Eric Cusas as its new managing partner. Cusas joined the firm in 1998 and specialises in distribution, in particular in the retail and automotive sectors. The previous managing partner, corporate and real estate specialist Jacques Verhaegen, will return to client work. Verhaegens is a […]

Reed Smith entices Richards Butler HK to talk tie-ups

Reed Smith has secured a crucial meeting with Richards Butler Hong Kong, as the City firm’s hugely profitable arm considers its options. It is understood that a meeting between Reed Smith and the management from Richards Butler in London and Hong Kong is scheduled for the last week in April. As first revealed in The […]

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