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Covid-19 Ireland: Support extended credit guarantee scheme and new pandemic fund

On 2 May 2020 the Irish Government agreed a suite of important measures to further support affected small, medium and larger businesses. These include a €2 billion COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme to support bank lending to small and medium sized enterprises and a new €2 billion Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund to support medium and large enterprises.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Debenhams

In a judgment handed down on 6th May 2020 in Re Debenhams Retail Ltd (in administration) [2020] EWCA Civ 600, the Court of Appeal provided confirmation on the implications for office holders and insolvent estates of using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations, following the previous first instance decisions on the issue in Re Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) and Re Debenhams Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch). Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Carluccio’s

In a judgment handed down on Monday 13th April 2020 in Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch), Snowden J considered the application of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations both as a matter of principle and in respect of the logistics and practicalities involved for office holders. Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Green is good – a Channel Islands perspective

Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO of The International Stock Exchange Group, explores how the Channel Islands are utilising experience and expertise to make a significant impact in global green and sustainable finance initiatives.


Lovells’ German refocus sees Berlin managing partner quit

Lovells’ decision to refocus its German offices along practice sector lines contributed to the departure of Berlin managing partner Nikolaus Ley. As revealed by www. (24 January), Ley has quit in order to launch his own boutique practice with former Lovells partner Klaus Racky, who retired last October. Both were corporate partners. Lovells has […]

Latham in ten per cent global profits surge

Latham & Watkins has continued its winning streak after unveiling impressive financial results for 2004. Turnover at US firm has increased 17 per cent on 2003, from $1.03bn to more than $1.2bn last year. The results follow a phenomenal 2003, which saw the firm post a 14 per cent revenue rise to break through the […]

Hammonds IP team suffers fourth partner exit

Shaw Pittman is on the verge of recruiting its first lateral hire since last year’s exodus of lawyers to Morrison & Foerster by taking Hammonds IP partner Phillip Rees. Hammonds is enduring its own exodus. Hammonds head of IT Ged O’Neill left in December and Rees will be the fourth IP partner to leave in […]

Spendlove wins the top job at Fried Frank

Justin Spendlove has been appointed firmwide managing partner at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson less than a year after joining the US firm. Spendlove was managing partner at Fried Frank’s former merger suitor Ashurst, before defecting to the New York firm last April. His appointment follows an election vote last Thursday (26 January), which […]

Four firms land work on Palmer real estate funds

Property venture capital company Palmer Capital Partners (PCP) has appointed a raft of real estate finance lawyers from four firms to advise on investments under its new real estate investment funds. Real estate finance specialists from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Forsters, South East firm IBB and Wragge & Co have been added to PCP’s panel […]

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