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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).


Bakers raid heralds McDermott finance drive

McDermott Will & Emery is planning to break into structured finance after hiring securitisation partner Paul-Michael Rebus from Baker & McKenzie. The firm has not tradit- ionally worked in this area, but now wants to change the market perception of it being weak in structured finance and capital markets. “People haven’t seen us as a […]

GE counsel tops US pay league with $5.04m package

General Electric’s legal chief Benjamin Heineman remains the highest-paid general counsel in the US, scooping a mammoth $5.4m (£2.7m) in total cash compensation last year. Heineman narrowly beat Lehman Brothers Holdings’ executive vice-president and chief legal officer Thomas Russo, who earned an equally impressive $5m (£2.68m) in salary and bonuses. However, if stock-related transactions such […]

McDermott raid strengthens White & Case finance disputes team

White & Case has furthered its bid to develop a dedicated financial regulation advisory team with the hire of John Reynolds from the London office of US rival McDermott Will & Emery. Reynolds, previously head of McDermott’s UK international dispute resolution group, joins White & Case as a partner in the financial dispute resolution team. […]

Sydney partner pay exceeds A$1m mark

Average pay for Sydney-based partners in Australia’s largest firms has broken through the A$1m (£410,440) barrier for the first time, according to a new salary survey. The survey by Mahlab Recruitment found that average partner remuneration at top-tier firms in Sydney was A$1.04m (£412,000). The top tier includes Australia’s ‘big six’ of Allens Arthur Robinson, […]

SJ Berwin to nurture international links

SJ Berwin to nurture international links” />SJ Berwin has introduced a formal global secondment programme in a bid to strengthen its links with international law firms. The plan follows the completion of SJ Berwin’s strategy review, which in part concluded that the firm needed to increase its focus on developing its international network and strengthening […]

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