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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).


Crisis meeting saves Nauta’s Rotterdam office from the axe

Dutch giant Nauta Dutilh has headed off a call to close its 30-partner Rotterdam office at a crisis meeting called by the management board last Wednesday (2 November). The meeting was called only weeks after rival De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek announced its intention to close its offices in Rotterdam and The Hague by 2008. The […]

The real spiel

Tulkinghorn happened to find himself on Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) website the other day and spotted a list of what were clearly the firm’s core values: services, practice areas, intelligence, expertise, legal advice. All good, commendable stuff. But whoever decided it was a good idea to arrange them as an acrostic to spell out ‘Spiel’ […]

Peacock buyout sees Sullivan, Freshfields land advisory roles

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell have scooped advisory roles on the take-private of discount clothing retailer Peacock in what is the first UK leveraged buyout by hedge funds. Freshfields, which was instructed by Goldman Sachs, and Sullivan were brought in by Peacock’s management and the US investment bank to structure the £410m deal. Meanwhile, as […]

Norton Rose releases four-partner Bakers team six months early

The four-partner securities team leaving Norton Rose for Baker & McKenzie will now quit the firm at the end of November, The Lawyer can reveal. Originally Norton Rose was holding the team of partners Jonathan Walsh, Vincent Keaveny, Bruce Somer and Ian Porter to a 12-month notice period. However it has now agreed that the […]

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