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After Covid-19: Return to work and the “new normal”

COVID-19 has left the whole world shaken. There’s a lot of debate going on about how soon life will return to normal, and whether things will ever be quite the same as used to be. Certainly the ‘post COVID19 return to work’ is a hot topic right now, particularly after recent advice from the UK Government.

Government makes it easier for manufacturers to offer PPE on the European market

Following a European Commission Recommendation published on 13 March 2020 (EC Recommendation), the government have taken steps to relax regulatory requirements in relation to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The changes enable manufacturers to place PPE on the market more quickly in an effort to meet the ever increasing demand […]

Angola: banking regulations 2020

The Angolan banking system now comprises 26 banks, it being widely agreed that Angola’s banking institutions will need to continue their consolidation over the next few years – particularly considering that Angolan banking institutions still have a high rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs), despite the 5% reduction in 2018, and are being required to comply with international best practices and standards issued by the Basel Committee on banking supervision.

Changes in the real estate landscape

The past week has seen significant changes for all involved in real estate. This article summaries the key points owners and their advisors need to know.


Debevoise to handle Novolipetsk flotation

Debevoise & Plimpton has landed an instruction from Russian steel manufacturer Novolipetsk, which is set to list on the London Stock Exchange with a value of £6bn – the biggest UK flotation for five years. Debevoise has a long-standing relationship with the company, acting as its principal adviser on all deals in Russia and internationally […]

Osborne Clarke posts 14 per cent half-year revenue rise

South West firm Osborne Clarke has posted a rise of 14 per cent in half year revenues. At the half way point the firm has generated turnover of £36.5m, up from £32m on the same period last year. Osborne Clarke managing partner, Simon Beswick, commented in a statement: “In common with many firms in the […]

Slaughters, Lovells sweep up on Egg deal

Slaughter and May and Lovells have retained their roles as advisers to Prudential and Egg as the insurer takes full control of the internet bank. Slaughters partner William Underhill acted for Prudential on last year’s discussions to sell the firm’s 79 per cent stake in Egg, which ultimately fell through, and is representing the company […]

Colt creates dual legal role after shock departure

Colt Telecom’s new regulatory head Robin Saphra has been handed the dual role of legal and regulatory head following the resignation of general counsel Jane Forrest. It is understood that Forrest left the company following disagreements about the nature of her role. Colt confirmed her departure but declined to comment on the reasons behind it. […]

White & Case and Entwistle end Royal Ahold dispute

White & Case and US litigation specialist Entwistle & Cappucci have negotiated a $1.1bn settlement bringing the dispute between Dutch food retailer Royal Ahold and its shareholders to an end.White & Case New York litigation partner Glenn Kurtz led Ahold’s defence of the securities class action. Founding partner of Entwistle & Capucci Andrew Entwistle was […]

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