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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.

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Careers: in brief

The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA) is lobbying for two changes to the Scottish legal system. In a recent submission to the working group for research into the legal services market in Scotland, CIPA called for interested parties to be allowed to make an application for rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation […]

DLA-Piper partners say yes to merger

The $1.4bn (£730m) DLA-Piper Rudnick tie-up was close to winning unanimous support on both sides of the Atlantic as the firms’ partners voted through the merger. As The Lawyer went to press, more than 76 DLA equity partners had already signed up in favour of the merger ahead of Saturday’s (4 December) formal vote. The […]

CC capital markets partner quits for Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is beefing up its UK capital markets practice with the hire of former Clifford Chance partner Alan Bannister. Bannister, a US-qualified lawyer, specialises in advising major investment banks and European corporates on US capital markets transactions. He joined Gibson Dunn yesterday (6 December).

Dial hectic

Oh the joys of a telephone switchboard. Last week Tulkinghorn found himself tumbling down an Alice in Wonderland-style communications rabbit-hole after being cut off when trying to contact a partner. Dazed, confused and disorientated, Tulkinghorn suddenly popped up, undetected, in an Allen & Overy conference call. Not usually one to earwig, Tulkinghorn nevertheless found it […]

A&O back in the frame for Baugur

Allen & Overy (A&O) has won back Baugur after scooping an instruction to advise the Icelandic retail investor on a key deal. The magic circle firm is advising Baugur on a possible offer for the Big Food Group (BFG), which owns the Iceland chain and the Booker cash-and-carry business. A&O had an exclusive relationship with […]

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