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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).

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The Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds TSB Bank completes £100m syndicated loan facility for British Polythene Industries. Banks advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Will Meredith). British Polythene Industries advised by Maclay Murray & Spens (Robert Laing).

Freshfields shakes up Asian group

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s Asian management team is undergoing a shake-up in response to the region’s continuing economic recovery. Hong Kong and Asia managing partner Ruth Markland will step down from the Hong Kong role in the New Year. Asia litigation and arbitration head Rajat Jindal will take on the position as Markland concentrates on Asia […]

Seven Wong partners form limited liability breakaway

Suet Fern Lee heads new corporate boutique; litigationlooms acrimonious split THE former Wong Partnership partner whose departure caused the collapse of Clifford Chance‘s joint venture has set up a new firm which is expected to link up with Shearman & Sterling. Suet Fern Lee, a highly-rated senior corporate partner, resigned from the Wong Partnership in […]

In-house counsel quits

The former deputy director of the division of investment management at the Securities and Exchange Commission, she has worked for major financial institutions such as AIG and Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, a subsidiary of PaineWebber. The firm says Hoene will focus on mutual funds and the representation of investment advisers. Robert McTamaney, head of corporate […]

Edge Ellison hires IT guru

IT and telecoms specialist, Oscar Rowlands – who headed up Sabre’s legal department for Europe, Middle East and Africa – joins Edge as a partner. He will join the law firm’s nine-lawyer Technology Law Group whose clients include Dolphin Telecommunications, Mindshare Digital and Blue Wave Systems. Rowlands, who holds degrees in both law and computer […]

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