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After Covid-19: Return to work and the “new normal”

COVID-19 has left the whole world shaken. There’s a lot of debate going on about how soon life will return to normal, and whether things will ever be quite the same as used to be. Certainly the ‘post COVID19 return to work’ is a hot topic right now, particularly after recent advice from the UK Government.

Government makes it easier for manufacturers to offer PPE on the European market

Following a European Commission Recommendation published on 13 March 2020 (EC Recommendation), the government have taken steps to relax regulatory requirements in relation to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The changes enable manufacturers to place PPE on the market more quickly in an effort to meet the ever increasing demand […]

Angola: banking regulations 2020

The Angolan banking system now comprises 26 banks, it being widely agreed that Angola’s banking institutions will need to continue their consolidation over the next few years – particularly considering that Angolan banking institutions still have a high rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs), despite the 5% reduction in 2018, and are being required to comply with international best practices and standards issued by the Basel Committee on banking supervision.

Changes in the real estate landscape

The past week has seen significant changes for all involved in real estate. This article summaries the key points owners and their advisors need to know.


Slaughters bags £2bn Olympics role

Slaughter and May has landed a role alongside Herbert Smith and Pinsent Masons on the £2bn Olympic Village development, part of the mammoth Stratford City regeneration project. Slaughter’s corporate real estate group is advising Lend Lease, selected by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and London & Continental Railways (LCR) as the preferred developer. Slaughter’s corporate […]

Linklaters secures deadline on Sainsbury bid

Linklaters and UBS have successfully persuaded the Takeover Panel to issue a ‘put up or shut up’ notice to the private equity consortium circling ever closer around J Sainsbury. The CVC Capital Partners-led consortium, which also includes Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), Blackstone Group and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) now has until 13 April to make […]

London: Apple crumble

New York’s fall from grace as the leading capital markets centre has seen London reap the rewards. But can the City hold on to the lead, or will the Big Apple bite back?

Watson Burton ponders opening up equity to boost retention prospects

Watson Burton is launching an internal consultation on opening its equity structure. The Newcastle-based firm hopes that the move will help retain salaried partners and associates. Senior partner Rob Langley confirmed: “We’ll be looking at our equity structure as a short to medium-term project over the next 18 months to two years.” The move may […]

Partnership – how to achieve it

How to achieve partnership is an issue facing many associates. But the bigger question is: can you improve your chances simply by changing the way that you communicate? Talk and act like a partnerBeing an associate is to be part of that mutually overworked and underappreciated gang. However, to be thought of as a partner […]

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