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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).


A&O, CC loosen banking shackles to flex M&A muscle

While still dominating banking, A&O and CC have closed the gap on their corporate rivals. By Caroline Binham &AOld stereotypes die hard. But if nothing else, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have been assiduous in dispatching one this past year: that the two firms are only the banking giants within the magic circle. […]

Swiss ease

With the UK’s tax regime becoming less friendly for foreign businesses, Switzerland is now a destination of choice for many. By Justine Markovitz and Rachel Mainwaring-Taylor The UK and Switzerland were both identified as offshore financial centres by the International Monetary Fund in a report published earlier this year. Although both countries are quick to […]

Rising 100

It must be pretty galling for an equity partner at a top 20 City firm to see a counterpart in a niche or regional firm take home a bigger share of the firm’s profit. Especially if that partner is at a firm in the lower half of The Lawyer’s UK 200 and with a revenue […]

Stonewall tackles CC over gay rights claim

Gay rights advocacy group Stonewall has asked to meet Clifford Chance in the wake of a discrimination claim brought by former competition partner Michael Bryceland. The sexual orientation claim, revealed exclusively by The Lawyer two weeks ago (20 August), is thought to be the first against a UK law firm. It was settled in April […]

Ashurst raids magic circle again for German hire

Ashurst has continued its strategy of poaching magic circle lawyers in Germany by taking on an Allen & Overy (A&O) international capital markets associate. Christoph Enderstein will join Ashurst in October as counsel in the Frankfurt office’s structured finance group. He pushes Ashurst’s banking and finance group in Germany to 15 lawyers, including three partners. […]

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