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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.


Caton, Michael – Hot 100

The publication of The Lawyer Rising 50 in November 2004 recognised a group of firms for the first time that challenge the top 100 in many areas but are considerably less well known. Top of the pile in gross revenues was East Midlands-based Nelsons, with a turnover of £14.96m. But heading the all-important revenue per […]

‘Dakar won’t start’

Lawyers love a challenge. So when technology lawyer Gavin McGinty and property specialist Andrew Todd, of Pinsent Masons and McGrigors respectively, were given the chance to take part in the mammoth Plymouth to Dakar Rally, they jumped at it. Sadly the duo’s attempts to drive the 4,000 miles to Dakar in West Africa in a […]

Hengeler beats Freshfields to top spot in German M&A

Slaughter and May’s best friend Hengeler Mueller has overtaken Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance to top mergermarket’s league table for announced deals by value in 2004. Hengeler, which jumped three places to take the top spot, advised on 50 deals totalling 31.1bn euros according to the 2004 M&A league tables for Germany. Meanwhile, 2003’s […]

Fortunato, Karen – Hot 100

Within a year of Karen Fortunato taking the helm as Abbey’s legal chief the bank hit the headlines after it became the subject of an £8.75bn takeover bid by Spain’s Banco Santander. Despite the bid it was business as usual for Fortunato as she continued to pursue a radical overhaul of Abbey’s legal function. As […]

Ashdown, Katherine – Hot 100

Katherine Ashdown is leaving Bank of America on a high after spending 18 months there as assistant general counsel. An ex-securities lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, her first in-house job was at USL Capital, part of Ford Financial Services. In 1996 she joined Bank of America in San Francisco as a banker before moving across […]

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