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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.


MBRM, Davenport act on Entertainment buy

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) and Davenport Lyons have scooped roles advising on Entertainment One’s acquisition of the Contender Entertainment Group. The deal is for a total consideration of £49.4m, payable by the issue of 7.4 million ordinary shares in Entertainment One and £42m in cash. MBRM is advising Entertainment One on the deal, […]

Bracewell shows it allegiance to London

One false start and one soft opening aside, the bunting is now well and truly ready to be hung outside the London office of Bracewell & Giuliani. The firm of Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani has made some improvements on its set-up of two months ago, when a first-year associate freshly transplanted from Dewey Ballantine […]

Profit plummets at Watson Burton

Newcastle’s Watson Burton has recorded a breathtaking drop in profitability in the firm’s first financial year-end figures since ousting senior partner Andrew Hoyle. Partners are reeling at provisional average profit per equity partner (PEP) of £220,000, down by almost half a million from 2006-07’s record figure of £712,000. Total turnover has also dropped, from £22.9m […]

Orrick raids Katten Muchin to boost real estate practice

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has strengthened its New York office with a double partner hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman. The firm has brought in real estate partners Marc Shapiro and Jill Block, following on from the capture of former Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Alan Pomerantz in May from real estate investment company ERE Advisors. […]


A new three-day funds approval regime and the proposal to scrap court involvement in the insurance transfer process makes Guernsey even more appealing to investors. By Christopher Anderson Every offshore jurisdiction walks a fine line between on the one hand having a prudent regulatory environment while remaining a user-friendly place to do business and, on […]

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