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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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Slaughters fails to save BA from price-fixing fine

British Airways (BA), advised by Slaughter and May, yesterday pleaded guilty to price-fixing in the US, admitting to two counts of engaging in conspiracies with other airlines to fix prices of fuel surcharges on passenger and cargo flights. In the US District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, a judge upheld a $300m […]

A&O achieves first with Kuwait sukuk

Allen & Overy scooped the lead role advising on the first ever sukuk programme in Kuwait. The firm, advised joint arrangers, BNP Paribas, National Bank of Kuwait, Standard Chartered Bank and WestLB on the $1.5bn sukuk programme for National Industries Group Holding (NIG). Lead partner on the deal was Roger Wedderburn-Day, assisted by consultant Anzal […]

Hammonds hire signals private equity push

Hammonds has kick-started a strategic push in its private equity group to capture a bigger slice of the high-value deals market with the hire of Travers Smith senior associate Mark Robson. Robson, who joins Hammonds as a partner, has been drafted in for his expertise in large private equity deals, ranging from mid-market management buyouts […]

K&L Gates bats for ICC on Cricket World Cup broadcast rights sale

K&L Gates has scored the lead role advising world cricket governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the sale of its global media rights. The firm acted for the ICC on its eight-year global media rights sale by tender to ESPN Star Sports (ESS), which will cover two Cricket World Cups between 2007 and […]

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