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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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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Pinsent Masons property partner Andrew Yates as joint head of regeneration and public sector. He will co-head the practice alongside Lesley-Anne Avis. Yates specialises in property development and funding, including commercial property work and secured lending, leisure and retail premises, institutional purchases, joint ventures and property insolvency. Yates has […]

Mayer, rosenblatt act on indian float

Mayer Brown and Rosenblatt Solicitors have won roles advising on the London Stock Exchange flotation of an Indian infrastructure fund. Infrastructure India, which launched last week (30 June), raising £36.7m, was represented by Mayer Brown corporate partner William Charnley. Rosenblatt corporate finance partners Jon Lovitt, Tom Ferns and Wayne O’Neil turned out for the financial […]

Supreme Court building costs rise by £2m

The new Supreme Court building will cost £2m more than ­originally estimated, Justice Secretary Jack Straw has revealed. Straw said his predecessor Lord Falconer announced an ­estimated set-up cost of £56.9m, but the building had suffered from water penetration, so the estimated cost for building work was now £38.7m, with other costs of £20.2m.

Maples hires A&L duo for Ireland push

Cayman Islands-based Maples and Calder has continued its Ireland expansion by hiring Irish firm A&L Goodbody financial services partners Barry McGrath and Nollaig Murphy. It is Maples’ ­second Irish hire in two months, following the ­recruitment of corporate partner Edward Miller from Matheson Ormsby ­Prentice in June. McGrath is an investment fund ­specialist, while Murphy […]

SFO lambasted over collapse of Goldshield case

The taxpayer could foot a bill of around £40m after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was forced to drop a high-profile case against Goldshield Group. The SFO had accused pharmaceutical company Goldshield of conspiring to defraud the NHS through an alleged pharmaceutical cartel. However, the SFO’s original indictment only related to price-fixing, which alone is […]

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