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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.


Herbies lands deal for CLSA as Indonesia hots up

Herbert Smith has landed the underwriter role on the first major international IPO to originate out of Indonesia in three years. Herbert Smith’s Singapore office, together with associated Indonesian firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT), advised Credit Agricole’s Asian investment banking arm CLSA as coordinator, bookrunner and underwriter on the IPO of Indonesian construction company […]

Ashfords’ new chief exec vows to develop Bristol office

South West firm Ashfords has named head of commercial litigation Ian Daniells as its new chief executive after Chris Hawkins retired. The firm has moved to new premises in Bristol and Daniells vowed to build the team up to become the firm’s largest office. Daniells said: “We’re looking to expand the Bristol office further. We […]

Sloan strengthens Latham’s Carlyle ties with Avio sale

Private equity star Graeme Sloan has completed his biggest deal to date since joining Latham & Watkins in May. Sloan, who joined Latham from Maclay Murray & Spens, was part of the Latham team advising on the E2.57bn (£1.73bn) sale of aerospace engine-maker Avio to Cinven. The sale is Europe’s largest-ever aerospace deal and Italy’s […]

Court of Appeal cases fall as Lords continues apace

The number of cases reaching the Court of Appeal is continuing to drop, while the House of Lords remains busy with a slew of administrative and public law issues. Research carried out for The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report 2006 shows that barristers in the UK’s top 30 sets appeared in the Court of Appeal […]

Hextalls ramps up IP practice with Simkins hire

Hextalls has boosted its IP and tech practice with the hire of corporate partner Peter Brown from Michael Simkins. Brown specializes in non-contentious IP, advising clients on software agreements, branding and image rights licensing. Michael Clinch, head of Hextalls’ IP group, said Brown would also help grow the firm’s sports practice: “The sports practice launched […]

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