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Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Rise in venture capital-backed tech in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.

Will Covid-19 speed up green funds revolution?

If you were managing to ignore the increased importance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will be hard to do so now. As succinctly put by the now infamous Greta Thunberg; “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable”.

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Penningtons property department drives profits hike

Penningtons has seen a continued increase in turnover and net profits this year, with fee income hitting £21.2 million and net profits rising to £4.4 million.Fee income was up a total of 14.6 per cent, with net profits rising 11 per cent. However, profits per equity partner fell from £140,000 to £120,000 after the firm […]

German funds become the UK's new big spenders

Emma Vere-Jones gives the lowdown on the City firms involved in German real estate funds Too much money and not enough to spend it on. It’s a situation that few of us have the good fortune to enjoy. But such is the plight of the German open-ended real estate investment funds – or ‘offene fonds’, […]

A&O's Harrison takes on Asian top job

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed banking partner Brian Harrison as the regional managing partner for its Asian practice with effect from today (2 June). Harrison, who replaces Chris Roberts, will be based in Hong Kong and will also head that office. Harrison has been a partner at A&O since 1997 and launched the firm’s […]

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