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The Sustainable Innovation Fund is launched by government

At the end of June, the government unveiled the £200 million Sustainable Innovation Fund to help innovative businesses bounce back following the Covid-19 pandemic. On 27 June 2020, the government launched the Sustainable Innovation Fund to drive forward cutting-edge new technology following the coronavirus crisis. The fund is intended to develop new sustainable opportunities for […]

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Seeing through the fog

By Adrian Howells Following the Government’s announcement of The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), you will no doubt have found yourself inundated with communications about this from a variety of different firms, ourselves included. Whilst these communications set out the facts as listed on the British Business Banks (BBB) website, there is nevertheless a […]

Swiss IP Newsletter July 2020

“SWISS RE – WE MAKE THE WORLD MORE RESILIENT” – Trademark found not to be misleading without a limitation of the services to Swiss origin.


Davis Polk advises NY Fed on $200bn loan facility

Davis Polk & Wardwell has snared the lead role advising the New York Federal Reserve Bank on a $200bn rescue loan facility for the ailing asset-backed securities market. Davis Polk New York-based partners Bradley Smith, James Florack and Arthur Long are leading the team advising the New York Fed on the creation of the Term […]

Norton Rose’s political investment pays off with Treasury Islamic bond

Norton Rose’s political investment pays off with Treasury Islamic bond” />Advising HM Treasury on its first-ever Islamic bond issue is a choice mandate. For Norton Rose, besting Allen & Overy (A&O) and Denton Wilde Sapte makes the win even sweeter. Norton Rose’s Islamic finance practice was almost a shoo-in for the role after the firm […]


Being a regional firm can have its advantages, as ­Birketts in East Anglia discovered this year. The 38-partner firm benefited from the closure of ­Eversheds’ Norwich office and has seen its total lawyer headcount in the town rise from six in 2004 to more than 50 fee-earners today. Birketts chief executive Alistair Lang, a non-lawyer […]

Linklaters, Slaughters on £1.78bn Standard Chartered rights issue

Slaughter and May and Linklaters have sewn up the lead roles in Standard Chartered’s £1.78bn rights issue to existing shareholders. A Slaughters team led by corporate partner Nilufer von Bismarck advised Standard Chartered. Von Bismarck commented: “They are one of the few banks that can still do rights issues, Santander is another example, and interestingly […]

A&L and Arthur Cox act on Ryanair’s Aer Lingus bid

Irish firms A&L Goodbody and Arthur Cox have reprised their roles for Ryanair and Aer Lingus respectively as the former prepares to make another attempt to buy the latter. A&L Goodbody corporate partner John Given is leading the team acting for Ryanair, which is set to make an all-cash offer for Aer Lingus that would […]

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