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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.


Laytons Manchester head joins Enterprise

Laytons’ Manchester managing partner is leaving to join property services company Enterprise as an executive director. John Gavan, who has headed the Manchester office since 1990, will join the support services group on a full-time basis from 1 May as commercial director. However, Gavan will take on Laytons’ newly-created role of chairman and retain his […]

the Leader column

Over the last couple of weeks, anyone flying business class to Frankfurt, Cologne and a whole host of other German cities must have been cheek by jowl with lawyers. Sitting nearest the exit were the hordes plus their dog after a piece of Gaedertz, ready to rush off as soon as the undercarriage hit the […]

Brief encounter: McCLURE NAISMITH

McClure Naismith is a mid-range, well-known Scottish corporate commercial firm. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, it has revealed an ambitious business plan to increase fee income by 50 per cent and double the number of staff by 2004. Having recently conducted extensive client research, the firm has modified its corporate logo – clients told […]


Jones Day Reavis & Pogue’s Peter Faber is well versed in advising his long-time client Peter Dyer in the etiquette of buyouts. Faber has acted for Dyer since the early 1980s, after Crystal Holidays was set up in 1981. Dyer then decided to sell the company to US-based Viad 10 years later, only for the […]

Wilson Sonsini launches in NY and Salt Lake City

Silicon Valley giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is dramatically expanding its US presence two new offices in New York and Salt Lake City. The firm, which until now had regional offices in Texas, Washington and Northern Virginia, will launch in New York with a team from the office of Silicon Valley rival Gunderson Dettmer […]

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