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Covid-19 & green finance: What next?

In this feature article, Mark Oliphant of The International Stock Exchange Group goes from Brexit and through COVID-19 to explore the impact so far on, and the prospects for the future of, green finance and the wider sustainable investing market.

Virtual roundtable: In a period of unknown, how can we make a difference?

Following the success of our first Virtual Roundtable, we are pleased to announce details of the next session. The expert panel will continue their discussion around current priority pain points, challenges and opportunities. They will share more insights into the shifting workplace culture, and how they are adapting to new ways of working during the […]

Covid-19 – charity AGM restrictions in the Isle of Man

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions place unprecedented difficulties on Isle of Man registered charities holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM). Due to the recent implementation of measures regarding social distancing, isolation and restrictions on travel and movement, the logistics of a charity holding an AGM in the usual manner is not possible. The Isle of Man Attorney General has issued some guidance to assist Manx charities over the coming months.


After Setanta – Sky’s the limit

Given the regulator’s reluctance to split up Sky, will the government realise that competition law is not fit for purpose, if the purpose is changingSky’s behaviour to make life easier for its rivals? Time for Regulators to Stop Promoting Sky’s Rivals? In December 2001, after lengthy investigations, the OFT found that Sky had a dominant […]


Hammonds shown half-time red card during Portsmouth FC talks

The consortium attempting to take control of Portsmouth Football Club has dumped legal adviser Hammonds midway through the bidding process. Rob Hamill Sulaiman Al Fahim, chief executive of Hydra Properties and leader of the bidding group, initially instructed Hammonds but switched to Mayer Brown after an apparent disagreement over fees. Mayer Brown corporate partner Rob Hamill […]

Tulkinghorn: Trick or treat?

Lovells has long coveted magic circle membership and, while the firm’s not quite there yet, senior ­partner John Young has at least come close. Sadly for Lovells, though, that’s as in the magician’s magic circle rather than the legal one. Never one to shy away from playing pranks at the firm’s London summer party, Young […]


Mayer Brown in advanced talks with A&O leveraged finance team

Mayer Brown is in advanced talks with teams from several firms in London to significantly bulk up its capital markets and corporate practice groups in the City The US firm, which was recently hit with the loss of former co-vice-chair Paul Maher, is understood to be in talks with groups of partners from up to four firms as it seeks to […]


Growing football reputation puts Glazer cherry on top for Freshfields

The Premier League continues to attract foreign investors in need of expert legal advice. When US tycoon Malcolm ­Glazer launched his bid to buy Manchester United in 2005, it quickly became clear to lawyers on both sides that this was no ­ordinary takeover deal. Allen & Overy (A&O), the firm acting for the Glazers, was […]

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