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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.



These days being a partner at a law firm can be a strange experience. These days being a partner at a law firm can be a strange experience. The current success being enjoyed by firms varies dramatically and who’s busy and who’s taking long lunches differs between departments. But there is something else going on […]

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Focus: Philip Trott, Taking the rap

Bates Wells & Braithwaite head of immigration Philip Trott has made a name for himself standing up for rappers’ rights Unlike most law­yers, Philip Trott, head of immigration at London firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite, has seen his fair share of gun barrels during his career. His most recent instruction came from rapper Busta Rhymes, […]


UK firms line up for Icelandic bank roles

Denton Wilde Sapte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have snared key roles as the UK arms of two Icelandic banks at the heart of the country’s financial crisis are put into administration by regulators. Kaupthing Singer & Friedland and Heritable Bank, a UK subsidiary of Iceland’s Landsbanki, have both gone into administration this […]

Conyers sets up Mauritian outpost

Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has opened in Mauritius in a bid to bag work coming out of Asia. The move comes as ­Mauritius looks to revamp its legal sector (see box, right) to entice ­international firms to set up shop on the island and raise the profile of its financial services ­sector (The […]

A&O revisits HSBC tower sale with debt refinancing brief

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored the lead role on a deal to refinance the debt from the sale of the UK’s most expensive building, the HSBC Skyscraper at Canary Wharf. The ;mandate ;came through after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was conflicted out of the deal. HSBC called on Freshfields in May last year when it […]

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