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Covid-19 Ireland: Support extended credit guarantee scheme and new pandemic fund

On 2 May 2020 the Irish Government agreed a suite of important measures to further support affected small, medium and larger businesses. These include a €2 billion COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme to support bank lending to small and medium sized enterprises and a new €2 billion Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund to support medium and large enterprises.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Debenhams

In a judgment handed down on 6th May 2020 in Re Debenhams Retail Ltd (in administration) [2020] EWCA Civ 600, the Court of Appeal provided confirmation on the implications for office holders and insolvent estates of using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations, following the previous first instance decisions on the issue in Re Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) and Re Debenhams Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch). Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Carluccio’s

In a judgment handed down on Monday 13th April 2020 in Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch), Snowden J considered the application of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations both as a matter of principle and in respect of the logistics and practicalities involved for office holders. Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Green is good – a Channel Islands perspective

Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO of The International Stock Exchange Group, explores how the Channel Islands are utilising experience and expertise to make a significant impact in global green and sustainable finance initiatives.


Herbert Smith leads Saga towards flotation

Herbert Smith has scooped a role advising Saga on its potential IPO. Saga, which specialises in holidays and insurance products for the over-50s, is exploring the possibility of an IPO in the second half of this year. The company was the subject of a £1.35bn management buyout backed by private equity firm Charterhouse in 2004. […]

Ireland: financial appeal

Ireland has boosted its appeal as a financial centre by making it quicker and easier to gain authorisation for qualifying investor funds. By Brian McDermott and Nollaig Greene Promoters of Irish-domiciled investment funds can now have a qualifying investor fund (QIF) authorised on the day after the fund documentation is filed with the Irish Financial […]

Lovells scoops Eversheds’ French corporate head

Eversheds’ French corporate head” />Lovells has boosted its Paris private equity practice with the hire of Eversheds French corporate head Pascal de Moidrey. The appointment marks Lovells’ eleventh lateral hire so far this year and comes on the heels of partner Jürgen Witte’s addition to the German dispute resolution team (, 14 June). Witte joined […]

BLP poaches CC tax partner

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has bagged Clifford Chance partner Michael Wistow as its newly-created role of head of tax. Wistow will work with John Overs, who is corporate head of tax, head of personal tax Jonathan Kropman and Moira Protani, head of charity law. The tax specialist is BLP’s second statement hire this year, after […]

College of Law strikes key deal with 30 firms

The College of Law’s plan to dominate legal education has moved up a gear after it struck a major deal with 30 law firms to provide a pioneering training programme for its junior corporate lawyers. The law school will provide members of the consortium, which includes Berwin Leighton Paisner, Dechert, Herbert Smith, Jones Day, SJ […]

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