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How UK employers can deal with special circumstances of Covid-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As the virus continues to spread extensively, it poses significant challenge to businesses and raises various points of employment law for employers.

COVID-19 and investment protection

As the world grapples with COVID-19, we are seeing some of the most unprecedented State measures of our time. Measures causing severe financial damage to many businesses and industries. Where does that leave foreign investors? Will they be able to claim compensation?

Cayman Islands Employment Update

The first ever electronic meeting of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on 23 April 2020 considered a number of pieces of legislation, largely in response to the COVID-19 emergency, that are likely to be of interest to local employers and employees. This note is intended to provide a brief overview of the key changes: some […]

Corona Crisis: Amendment of the obligation to file for insolvency in CEE

With the fourth law on COVID-19, the Austrian legislator has suspended the obligation of an overindebted debtor to file for insolvency until 30 June 2020, irrespective of the cause of the over-indebtedness. Some other countries in the CEE region have also adopted measures to combat the consequences of COVID-19 as detailed in the following overview…


Future Internet Technologies looks to MoFo for £50m AIM placement

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has been appointed as Future Internet Technologies’ (FIT) key legal adviser after advising the AIM cash shell on its £50m placement and the first two acquisitions of an expected spending spree. At the same time, FIT named Robert Bonnier as chief executive. Bonnier is best known as the former chief executive […]

Baker & McKenzie lands lead role on Body Shop takeover

Baker & McKenzie has scooped the lead advisory role on the agreed £650m cash offer by L’Oreal and Body Shop. The firm won the instruction from long-term client The Body Shop. L’Oreal is also a Baker & McKenzie client, but the French cosmetics giant waived the conflict to allow the firm to act on the […]

SJ Berwin partner joins Herbies’ Rosen as party to Compere’s conflict complaint

Private equity house Compere Associates has made good on its promise to lodge a complaint against SJ Berwin partner Richard Slowe. Directors John Moreland-Lynn and Tom Crema filed the complaint with the Law Society on 2 March, a fortnight after it emerged (The Lawyer, 20 February) that Slowe was being sucked into a conflicts row […]

London partners dominate as A&O elects new board

Allen & Overy’s global management board has been completely overhauled with Amsterdam corporate partner Sietze Hepkema the only candidate to be re-elected to the board. The new-look board is almost entirely City-based with litigation specialist Tim House, corporate partner Alan Paul, banking partner Ian Powell and international capital markets partner Boyan Wells all newly elected […]

Mipim 2006: yachts, shots and Nabarros sunglasses

From yachts to restaurants, the UK’s law firms are making themselves seen at Mipim. 10.00 Tuesday morning: It’s breakfast but Freshfields aren’t up yet From yachts to restaurants, the UK’s law firms are making themselves seen at Mipim. Lovells and Norton Rose both have 60ft yachts which are moored right next to each other, while […]

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