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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.


No surprises in Linklaters’ senior partner election

In the end there were no shocks in the Linklaters senior partner election. Former corporate head David Cheyne cruised majestically to victory, while his rivals – finance head Giles White and banking partner Robert Elliott – graciously accepted defeat. Cheyne’s victory ensures a sense of continuity, but the smart money for the next generation of […]

Pillsbury closes west coast office

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is to close its Century City office, consolidating its Los Angeles operations into its downtown office. The firm will house all 90 LA lawyers into its downtown office by the end of July, in a move that bucks recent trends in the city. Century City is seen as a crucial location […]


Place your debts

Lottomatica’s subordinated bond issue looks likely to herald a new wave of finance in Italy. Andrea Novarese reports In May Italian blue-chip company and lottery operator Lottomatica became the first Italian corporate issuer of a perpetual subordinated bond, the Subordinated Interest Deferrable Capital Securities, due in 2066. Lottomatica intends to use the proceeds from the […]

Gunner bummer

SJ Berwin real estate partner Nick Minkoff was the leading punter in The Lawyer’s World Cup fantasy football competition. A self-proclaimed “tactical genius”, who entered his tips only after 11pm while still in the office, Minkoff used all his tactical nous to match his team to that of his rivals, therefore protecting his lead. It […]


Rosemary Martin: Reuters

Unable to find one firm to cover its global needs, Reuters’ head of legal Rosemary Martin tells Ben Moshinsky she is happy going local Few global legal departments are truly as global as the Reuters group. The company has operations in 94 countries, and general counsel Rosemary Martin has overall responsibility for legal and governance […]

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