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Considerations for listed companies in response to Covid-19

COVID-19 continues to cause unprecedented disruption to all business operations, which includes the annual corporate calendar for listed public companies when preparing and filing accounts, holding AGMs and making dividend payments to their shareholders. Below is a summary of the key considerations.

Mind the gap – How to effect a safe return to work

As the UK remains in lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty abounds about when a return to “normal” life can be expected. Government commentary suggests social distancing may continue for the rest of the year, raising questions about how to effect a safe return to work.


Simpson Thacher advises Blackstone on landmark IPO

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has scooped a role advising longstanding private equity client the Blackstone Group on its US IPO. The flotation on the New York Stock Exchange represents the largest US IPO in the past five years and one of the largest in history. With 133 million units listing at $31 a unit, the […]

Sackers hires Freshfields pensions expert

Sacker & Partners has beefed up its practice with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer pensions lawyer Ian D’Costa. D’Costa, who was an associate at Freshfields and who joins Sackers in the same role, will work alongside Sackers partner Edward Hayes, whose experience includes winding-up schemes and transitioning defined benefit to defined contribution schemes. Hayes […]

The Yankee collar

Some offshore financial centres have a reputation as being havens of financial irregularities, but these accusations are unfair, say Christian Hay and Gareth Bell Offshore financial centres (OFCs) are regularly subject to criticism from around the world for various reasons, with accusations ranging from aiding money laundering to tax evasion. Indeed, OFCs have historically often […]

Matthew Arnold ditches bonus for lockstep

Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has scrapped its bonus system this year, choosing instead to focus on remunerating partners through its modified lockstep structure. Chairman Moira Myers said the firm has paid performance-related bonuses in the past, but as the modified lockstep rewards partners based on their contributions anyway, having a bonus on top seemed pointless. […]

Simmons employment head defects to Farrers

Simmons & Simmons head of international employment William Dawson has quit for Farrer & Co in the wake of the firm’s private client team cull last year. Dawson will join Farrers as a partner, working under head of employment David Smellie in his five-partner team. Farrers has a strong private client team that has a […]

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