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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.



A&O raids Simmons to launch in Abu Dhabi

Allen & Overy (A&O) has opened its second Middle Eastern office in a month, raiding Simmons & Simmons to launch an office in Abu Dhabi. A&O has lured Simmons’ Abu Dhabi managing partner, Ibrahim Mubaydeen, who has expertise in project finance and particularly in infrastructure and energy. He brings with him François Duquette, who is […]

Lovells Tokyo head Lester eyes Aussie homecoming as AAR comes calling

Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has swooped for Lovells Tokyo managing partner Tim Lester. Lester, who heads Lovells’ Asian capital markets team, will be joining AAR as a partner in its corporate and finance practice and will be based in Perth, as first revealed on (12 June). Lester’s departure from Lovells is an […]

SJ Berwin boosts turnover by 22 per cent and PEP by 10 per cent

SJ Berwin has announced a 10 per cent increase in profit per equity partner (PEP) and a turnover hike of 22 per cent. After the 2005-06 financial year results reported an astounding 27 per cent increase in turnover, this year’s figures represented another strong year, bringing the total to £189m, up from £155m. PEP rose […]

Hogan lures Freshfields Paris partner as magic circle shrinks Euro IP/IT depts

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost its second European partner to a US firm in a week after Paris IP head Xavier Buffet Delmas defected to Hogan & Hartson. Last week Dewey Ballantine raided the firm’s Frankfurt office for capital markets partner Walburga Kullmann, and these hires follow SJ Berwin‘s hire of Freshfields German IP partner […]

Former ABN legal chief launches consultancy

The former head of legal at ABN Amro, Laurie Adams, has resurfaced at a coaching and mentoring consultancy alongside former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Jeremy Thomas. Outside Insight, which opened its doors for business today, is offering a “lawyers for lawyers” service by providing confidential mentoring to focus on a lawyer’s career aspects, and […]

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