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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.


Lee, Sarah – Hot 100

The Slaughter and May trio fought off Philip Green in the key UK M&A bid of 2004. Nigel Boardman – still regarded by many as London’s M&A king – often gets the credit. But while he deserves considerable credit, the deal actually broke while he was on holiday. No doubt the Boardman family had to […]

Richards Butler loses second top litigator as Latham swoops

Richards Butler’s litigation group has been rocked by the loss of a second rainmaker in the space of two months. Disputes partner John Hull is leaving the firm in February to head the London litigation practice of US giant Latham & Watkins. His departure coincides with that of Lista Cannon, who is joining another US […]

Dechert bulks up in NY with mass raid on Swidler

Dechert has made a dramatic swoop on US firm Swidler Berlin’s New York office, with a mass hire of 57 corporate and litigation lawyers, including 27 partners from Swidler Berlin’s New York office. A further eight lawyers will join Dechert from the firm’s Washington DC headquarters. Swidler has vowed to continue to focus on real […]

Christmas bleatings

Belated thanks go out to Parmalat’s legendary in-house counsel Bruno Cova, who trumped all those eChristmas card senders with this little beauty from last year: “Working for a bankrupt company gives me the privilege of not having Christmas cards to send around. I still do have, however, plenty of colleagues and friends that I like […]

de Pury, Christopher – Hot 100

Arguably the hottest property in the real estate market at the moment, everyone – both clients and headhunters alike – appear to want a piece of Christopher de Pury. A partner in Herbert Smith’s booming property practice, De Pury has been the group’s rock, steadily toiling behind the scenes over the last year. He has […]

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