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Sending in the bailiffs… no longer an option for landlords

On 15 September 2020, the government announced further measures to protect commercial tenants from recovery action by restricting the ability of landlords to recover unpaid rent by utilising the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery process (“CRAR”).

What price do you put on the environment?

The pandemic has challenged a lot of the ways we do things, and large scale on-site catering has been subject to more change than most. For some, this has meant the logistical challenge of delivering meals to residents at a distance from a central kitchen, and alongside the physical distribution, this has brought about the need to procure packaging for hot meals.

SMAs – a phoenix from the flames of Covid-19?

One of the consequences of the slowdown in fundraising caused by the recent pandemic seems to have been an increase in the use of Separately Managed Accounts as investment vehicles.


Macfarlanes bags 3i deal for Bestinvest

Listed private equity outfit 3i has appointed City firm Macfarlanes to advise the group on its acquisition of independent financial adviser Bestinvest. Macfarlanes corporate partner Charles Meek led his team alongside fellow corporate partner Luke Powell. US firm K&L Gates advised Bestinvest’s founder John Spiers. Partner Kevin Dean, who had worked with Spiers in the […]

MBRM faces action over Refco debt ‘cover-up’

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has been landed with a $245m (£119.2m) lawsuit from buyout house Thomas H Lee Partners, a creditor of bankrupt derivatives trader Refco. Lee is alleging a cover-up by MBRM. MBRM had girded itself against a potential suit ever since a bankruptcy examiner’s report earlier this month found that the […]

Pension legislation shift puts Sackers in the UK 100 mix

NICHE pensions firm Sacker & Partners has boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) by 29 per cent to £874,000, a figure matched only by the magic circle and Ashurst. Turnover at 20-partner firm Sackers, which reports on a calendar year basis, was also up considerably. The 22 per cent rise to £19.1m should […]

Beiten brings in Linklaters counsel

German firm Beiten Burkhardt has recruited Linklaters counsel Dietmar Müller-Boruttau to its Berlin employment practice. Müller-Boruttau will join as a salaried partner and will focus on non-contentious employment issues. He started his career at Oppenhoff & Rädler’s Cologne office in 1997, being elected to partner four years later. He then moved to Berlin in 2004 […]

Doin’ it for the kids

Should a miracle occur before the witching hour tonight (20 July) and the secrets of the final Harry Potter book stay that way until midnight, remember that it’s thanks to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) associate Umayya Abu Deeb. Should a miracle occur before the witching hour tonight (20 July) and the secrets of the final […]

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