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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.


Simmons & Simmons: on the up

So Simmons & Simmons has put its profitability woes firmly to bed. Top of the PEPs Revenue PEP Table So Simmons & Simmons has put its profitability woes firmly to bed. As revealed by (26 June 2008), the firm has boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) by 22 per cent to £647,000, […]

Frankly, you look a M&S…

Tulkinghorn is rarely out of his dinner jacket, and so doesn’t understand the last-minute panic buying that lawyers go through the day before a big black-tie event. A reliable mole informs Tulkinghorn that Ashurst senior partner Geoffrey Green fell into just such a panic on the day of The Lawyer Awards. He rushed to Marks […]

Too chicken for hot potato?

Until laws on divorce and cohabitants are brought into the 21st Century injustice will continue, says Julian Lipson Let’s face it. Reforming family law is rarely a vote winner. How often have family lawyers been handbagged for supporting the lot of the unwed mother, the same-sex partner or the abolition of fault-based divorce? The Press […]

Riding out the storm

Following the bursting of Spain’s real estate bubble, borrowers and banks alike have been trying to stave off insolvencies. But some provisions are unlikely to work, warn Ángel Alonso Hernández and Ángel Pérez López Up until last year, the Spanish economy had been growing above the European Union average. This economic bonanza was fuelled by, […]


SIV restructurings alone do not a structured finance industry make

Despite a stay of execution, structured finance lawyers are still at risk, says Julia Berris in New York Layoffs have begun to plague law firms on both sides of the Atlantic, with transactional teams in particular starting to dwindle in size. Despite being the darling of the boom ­period, structured finance has been one of […]

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