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COVID-19 has put many businesses in a difficult financial situation

Although the Government recognised this by pushing the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 through Parliament to try and stem the inevitable wave of insolvencies, directors and owners cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball for a second.


Name partner stands down at Holland Van Gijzen

Dutch firm Holland Van Gijzen, best known as Ernst & Young’s associated firm in the Netherlands and also Pinsent Masons’ best friend in the Netherlands, has shaken up its management board.Name partner Hans van Gijzen has stepped down as chief executive officer (CEO) with Amsterdam-based Dick Weiffenbach taking over the role, while Rotterdam-based partner Jan […]

Wachtell rockets to first in Asia-Pacific M&A

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has stormed up the M&A rankings to take the top spot for the Asia-Pacific region for announced deals. According to Thomson Financial’s M&A league table for the second quarter of 2005 Wachtell, which ranked 95th for the same period last year, topped the table after advising on three deals totalling […]

The work-life quiz

John Fordham, head of commercial litigation, Stephenson Harwood What was your first-ever job? Caddy on the local golf course for £1 a round. My first full-time, non-temporary job was as an articled clerk at Stephenson Harwood nearly 33 years ago. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Trying to be very clever and acknowledge […]


Mark Harding: Barclays

In just two years, Mark Harding has dramatically reorganised Barclays’ legal function and instituted a full-scale review of its legal panel. Husnara Begum reports Barclays group general counsel Mark Harding landed one of the most high-profile in-house jobs in June 2003 after a year-long headhunting exercise by the banking giant. Harding, formerly a senior partner […]

Bingham bolsters West Coast arm with dual hire

Bingham McCutchen LLP has bolstered its West Coast practice with the hire of the last two remaining partners from the now defunct Los Angeles office of New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Veteran Fried Frank partners David Robbins and Stephen Alexander, who had been with the firm for 23 and 30 years […]

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