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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.


Russell Jones partner lands ELA chair role

Russell Jones & Walker partner Barry Clarke has been elected as the next chairman of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), succeeding Linklaters‘ Raymond Jeffers. Clarke is head of Russel Jones’ Cardiff employment team. He said he hoped to continue ELA’s focus on employment law. ELA has more than 4,300 UK members, both solicitors and barristers, […]

Olswang, SJ Berwin earn their spurs

Olswang and SJ Berwin advised on Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s £34m shirt sponsorship and business partnering with Mansion, the international gaming and entertainment group. The deal, one of the world’s 10-largest club sponsorship agreements, will take effect from July and run for a minimum of four seasons. Mansion will also join the football club in […]

Gleiss helps kill off ‘locust’ tag

Private equity houses have famously been described as locusts (Heuschrecken) in Germany, but it looks as if Gleiss Lutz could have acted on the deal that will change this perception. Herbert Smith’s German ally advised regular client Blackstone on its first-ever investment in a government-controlled company. Blackstone acquired a 4.5 per cent, E2.68bn (£1.82bn) stake […]

2 Harcourt lures four from 3 Raymond

Public law set 2 Harcourt Buildings has raided 3 Raymond Buildings for a four-barrister team, strengthening its licensing and regulatory expertise. Kevin de Haan QC, together with senior juniors Gerald Gouriet, Mark Harris and James Rankin, join 2 Harcourt along with public law and licensing specialist Harry Spurr from Bristol set St John’s Chambers. The […]

Sidley, Skadden, Jones Day top Fortune 1,000

Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Jones Day have retained their positions as the favoured counsel to the US’s leading corporations, according to new research. The annual survey of client satisfaction within Fortune 1,000 companies by BTI Consulting Group reveals that just 21 firms dominate primary relationships with the US’s largest listed companies. Sidley topped […]

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