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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.


US prepares for desert storm

The Middle East has been a hot region for a good few years now, with many international firms setting up shop in Dubai and its surrounding jurisdictions. There has been a spate of UK firms launching in the region in the past year, including Ashurst, Herbert Smith and Lovells, but not too many US firms […]

Weil Gotshal expands in Asia with Hong Kong launch

Weil Gotshal & Manges will open its ninth international office by launching a Hong Kong offering next month, the firm announced last night. Weil also announced that it would be applying for a Beijing license in the near future, which, if successful will be the firm’s third Asian office. The transatlantic firm will parachute over […]


Most M&A pundits could not believe their luck in 2005-06. But surely the frothy market could not hold? It did – and although there are more doomsayers than ever predicting the end of the corporate boom, 2006-07 was the strongest year on record for most corporate firms. Taken in aggregate, the top 20 corporate practices […]

Epp V Pep

It was a breakthrough year for the top firms inthe UK, with the global elite (Allen & Overy(A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters) each posting a PEP in excess of £1m in the same year for the first time. But is that a true and accurate figure? The answer is ‘yes’, if you […]

Silent partners make some noise

In the wake of recent market volatility, restructuring partners have been thrust into the media spotlight once again. After several years of a bull market, these lawyers have been able to slink into the shadows and leave the headline-grabbing to their high-flying corporate and banking counterparts. While it has been easy for these partners to […]

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