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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).


US ally aids Olswang’s hedge fund deal

The alliance with Greenberg Traurig gifted Olswang a key role on the landmark $3.4bn (£1.7bn) reverse takeover of hedge fund and Chadbourne & Parke client GLG Partners. Olswang’s US ally Greenberg was already an adviser to shell company Freedom, which, when it floated last year on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and raised $528m […]

Bakers, Links land Ferrexpo LSE roles

Baker & McKenzie has advised Ukrainian company Ferrexpo on its London Stock Exchange IPO, while Linklaters acted for the financial advisers on the deal. Ferrexpo mines, processes and sells iron ore in the form of pellets for use in the production of steel. Corporate partners Peter Magyar and Tim Sheddick led the Bakers team, which […]

DWS Gulf energy head quits for Baker Botts Dubai role

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) head of energy and projects for the Gulf region has left the firm to join Baker Botts in its Dubai office. Sean Korney, who moved to the DWS Dubai office two years ago from Singapore, was part of the nine-strong energy and projects team. DWS Dubai managing partner Neil Cuthbert said: […]

Gianni Origoni overhauls management

Leading Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has revamped its top leadership structure, introducing the separate roles of senior and managing partner for the first time. Firm founder Francesco Gianni will be the firm’s first senior partner, while M&A partner Giovanni Nardulli will become managing partner. Strategy will be looked after by the senior […]

Channel Islands

Nearly nine years after its inception, the Channel Islands Stock Exchange is booming. Alan Stevens reports on the reasons why The Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) has recently seen a significant increase in listings of specialist debt securities – securities which, because of their nature, are normally bought and traded by a limited number of […]

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