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Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Rise in venture capital-backed tech in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.

Will Covid-19 speed up green funds revolution?

If you were managing to ignore the increased importance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will be hard to do so now. As succinctly put by the now infamous Greta Thunberg; “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable”.


City firms cast a net in Spain

After several firms announced they are merging with Spanish firms at the International Bar Association conference, Elizabeth Davidson looks at the booming Spanish market and discovers which firms have their eye on it. Last week Spain played host to thousands of the world’s top lawyers. The International Bar Association conference, Business Law International, featured 600 […]

Camerons and Dibbs act in air carrier's break-up

The collapse of airline Debonair is providing a wealth of work for high-flying law firms. The budget airline went into administration on 1 October after failing to make a profit in its three-year history. Stephen Foster, banking partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, is representing the administrator Deloitte & Touche, while the airline’s bank, Barclays, has […]

Developer in High Court claim

Property developer Wessex and City (Dover) is taking Dover Harbour Board to the High Court over cancellation of a joint venture. Wessex is suing the board for fees of £20,000 it claims the board agreed to pay if it pulled out of the deal. Wessex says it lodged a planning application for land at Marine […]

US firm acts in $115bn mega deal

New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore has advised on the biggest deal in history – a telecommunications merg-er worth $115bn. The 442-lawyer firm, which has offices in London, represented MCI WorldCom on its merger with Sprint Corp. Cravaths partners made over $2m last year – the second biggest average profits per partner in New […]

Fujitsu chief quits

David Hyams, the head of legal at Fujitsu Computers (Europe) has resigned after Fujitsu and fellow computer giant, Siemens AG joined forces to form a new joint venture company. The new entity – Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV – was launched on 1 October. Hyams, vice president of legal and commercial affairs at the European arm […]

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