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After Covid-19: Return to work and the “new normal”

COVID-19 has left the whole world shaken. There’s a lot of debate going on about how soon life will return to normal, and whether things will ever be quite the same as used to be. Certainly the ‘post COVID19 return to work’ is a hot topic right now, particularly after recent advice from the UK Government.

Government makes it easier for manufacturers to offer PPE on the European market

Following a European Commission Recommendation published on 13 March 2020 (EC Recommendation), the government have taken steps to relax regulatory requirements in relation to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The changes enable manufacturers to place PPE on the market more quickly in an effort to meet the ever increasing demand […]

Angola: banking regulations 2020

The Angolan banking system now comprises 26 banks, it being widely agreed that Angola’s banking institutions will need to continue their consolidation over the next few years – particularly considering that Angolan banking institutions still have a high rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs), despite the 5% reduction in 2018, and are being required to comply with international best practices and standards issued by the Basel Committee on banking supervision.

Changes in the real estate landscape

The past week has seen significant changes for all involved in real estate. This article summaries the key points owners and their advisors need to know.

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Banks turn to Cravath, Davis Polk for creation of $70bn liquidity fund

Cravath Swaine & Moore and Davis Polk & Wardwell won places advising on the creation of the $70bn (£39.29bn) liquidity facility set up by leading investment banks in the aftermath of Lehman Brothers’ collapse. Cravath is representing JPMorgan Chase as administrative agent and collateral agent for the facility, which will be made available to bail […]

Slaughters, De Brauw, Uría unveil to open in Beijing

Slaughter and May has become the latest firm to target China’s fast-growing economy by announcing it is to open an office in Beijing. In a shock move for the City giant, it is planning to launch a single-partner outpost by the end of 2009 to cement its relationships with Chinese referral firms. Slaughters has few […]

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Separated at birth

Television fans will be sad to see Dale Winton leave the medium to take a leap into the world of law. Yes, the permatanned host of Pets Win Prizes and Dale’s Supermarket Sweep has chucked it all in to join Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office as a partner – in the guise of insolvency lawyer James Keates. […]

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After Lehman: the winners, the losers, the opportunities

The City’s banks are clamouring for the cream of Lehman Brothers’ in-house lawyers, with many setting up special processes to deal with the demand. In a bid to stop opportunistic headhunting at Canary Wharf, JPMorgan has emailed a memo to recruitment ­consultants, asking them to stop forwarding CVs from Lehman, Bank of America and Merrill […]

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Wragge & Co to make 30 lay-offs

Wragge & Co to make 30 lay-offs” />Wragge & Co has launched a consultation to identify 30 redundancies across its Birmingham and London offices. The Birmingham-based law firm is in talks with fee-earners across all of its departments, however the majority of them are in the real estate group, which accounts for a third of […]

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