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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.

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Halliwells reorganises its finances

Halliwells is “reorganising its borrowings” following its move into new headquarters in Manchester. In response to enquiries concerning the firm’s financial situation, a Halliwells spokesperson said: “The firm had always intended to reorganise its financial structure once all aspects of the move to Spinningfields [the Manchester headquarters] had been completed. However, the firm refused to […]

Tread carefully on alternative career paths

Associates are still distrustful of the of counsel role and alternative career paths, despite many big firms having them in place for several years. Lawyers are unsure whether those roles are just euphemisms for a career dead end or if they are a fast-track to partnership. Creating alternative career paths for associates was a big […]

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Indian Bar Council “ready to discuss” liberalisation

The Indian Bar Council, the regulator of the Indian legal profession, has signalled that it would be ready to talk to foreign regulators about conditions of liberalisation. Indian Bar Council secretary Shri Radhakrishnan said: “Earlier our stand was that we are totally opposed to permitting foreign lawyers to practice in India. There is little change […]

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Shearman loses Latin America partner to Linklaters

Linklaters” />Alberto Luzárraga, a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Latin America practice has quit the firm for Linklaters. Shearman senior partner Rohan Weerasinghe announced Luzárraga’s departure last night (Wednesday 29 October). He is expected to start work at Linklaters on Monday (3 November), where he will join New York corporate and capital markets partner Ray […]

Bredin Prat lands SNCF’s italian job

Bredin Prat is advising French state railways group SNCF on its acquisition of a 20 per cent stake in Italian train operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori. A three-partner team from Bredin Prat is advising SNCF, while Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners is advising on Italian law aspects. Managing partner and law firm founder Francesco […]

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