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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.


Bracewell shows it allegiance to London

One false start and one soft opening aside, the bunting is now well and truly ready to be hung outside the London office of Bracewell & Giuliani. The firm of Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani has made some improvements on its set-up of two months ago, when a first-year associate freshly transplanted from Dewey Ballantine […]

Regulatory ace joins Freshfields Dubai

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s Dubai office has made a key hire from the emirate’s financial regulator. Aryan Schoorl will join the magic circle firm’s Dubai outpost as a senior associate from the Dubai Financial Services Authority, where his duties included supervising the Dubai International Financial Exchange. Schoorl also did a stint at the Dutch financial regulator […]

Landmark EC decision stops Ryainair’s Aer Lingus takeover

The European Commission has blocked Ryanair’s hostile €1.48bn (£1bn) bid for Irish airline Aer Lingus on competition grounds. The move was a rare one for the Commission, which last made such a block in 2004. It has also cleared airline mergers between national carriers in the past, such as that of Air France and KLM. […]

RJW launches parliamentary team as part of Clementi drive

Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to open a new parliamentary and legal affairs department, to be headed by the firm’s current head of the trade union services group Fraser Whitehead. The move comes as RJW continues to reposition itself for the post-Clementi era and as part of its strategy to add value to the […]

MBRM, Davenport act on Entertainment buy

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) and Davenport Lyons have scooped roles advising on Entertainment One’s acquisition of the Contender Entertainment Group. The deal is for a total consideration of £49.4m, payable by the issue of 7.4 million ordinary shares in Entertainment One and £42m in cash. MBRM is advising Entertainment One on the deal, […]

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