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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.


Warner Estates

Clifford Chance is in a prime position to pick up a string of deals from its relatively new client Warner Estate Holdings. The property company is shifting its focus from residential property to commercial and this £41m purchase from CGU and Commercial Union consolidates the move. It is also selling its £52m residential estate and […]


Nestlé buys all outstanding shares in Ralston Purina Company for £4.27bn. Nestlé advised by Cravath Swaine & Moore (Alan Stephenson). Financial advisers Greenhill & Co and Credit Suisse First Boston. Ralston Purina represented by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz (Steven Cohen) and Bryan Cave (Don Lents). Financial adviser Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.

BBC picks BT director as its top legal adviser

The BBC is hiring the director of regulatory compliance from British Telecommunications (BT) as its new legal adviser. Anne Fletcher will join the BBC in March to fill the role of the company’s top lawyer, which has been vacant since May last year. Previous legal adviser Fred Croft left following an internal reorganisation at London’s […]

SJ Berwin launches Paris office

Crack private equity team jumps ship from Salans; Pinkham to open SJ Berwin’s second European office in one month SJ Berwin has hired one of Paris’ top private equity teams from Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn to set up an office in Paris. Leading light in the market George Pinkham will join SJ Berwin in March. […]

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