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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.


Memery Crystal makes two redundant in corporate

Memery Crystal has laid off two fee earners in its corporate department following a round of redundancies. The firm has also axed two full-time positions in its information and know-how department and three support staff, one of whom was working part-time. It is the second time that Memery Crystal has made redundancies this year. In […]

They’ve got the power

A new bill gives the financial authorities a legislative framework to work within for when things go wrong. Richard Hughes and John Sayers report on how UK banks will be affected What is clear from events surrounding Northern Rock, Bradford & Bingley and Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander is the need for a permanent legislative ­framework […]

Gordons joins City’s finest on Morrisons purchase

Yorkshire firm Gordons has joined City firms ­Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin on one of the biggest ­property deals of the year, advising supermarket chain Morrisons on the purchase of a 920,000sq ft distribution centre in Kent. Paul Ayre, the managing partner of ­Gordons, led the team advising Morrisons, while SJ Berwin partner Joanne Footitt […]

Breakaway Firms: Split decisions

It happened at Linklaters and it happened at Reed Smith. What’s the future for breakaway local offices of global firms? Omnipresence used to mean the same thing as omnipotence to big law firms. But a sharp change in economic conditions has prompted the biggest firms to rethink their expansion strategies. Most recently Linklaters and Reed […]

Leap of faith

Some non-Muslim countries are now making regulatory changes to ensure that their domestic companies are able to access liquidity in the Middle East. By Farmida Bi and Aziza Atta As the conventional markets buckle under the stresses of recent weeks, there is a ­possible alternative on the horizon. A number of market participants have begun […]

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