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COVID-19 has put many businesses in a difficult financial situation

Although the Government recognised this by pushing the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 through Parliament to try and stem the inevitable wave of insolvencies, directors and owners cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball for a second.


Camerons reinforces CEE with sector group shake-up

CMS Cameron McKenna has overhauled its sector groups after a summer of high-profile departures and arrivals, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The top-15 firm announced that Warsaw-based energy partner Andrzej Blach will head the energy, projects and construction group in the CEE. The job was previously held by Moscow-based David Griston, who joined […]

Hammonds UK strategy forces out projects chief

Hammonds’ chief of international projects and finance William Abraham has resigned in a last-ditch attempt to get the firm to refocus its global strategy. The firm is holding emergency talks with Abraham next week to address his concerns. “The firm wasn’t addressing Abraham’s concerns that his international practice had been sidelined following its strategy review […]

Troutman sparks London drive with new leader

Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders has hired Salans corporate partner Robert Bata as its new London managing partner. Bata will focus on widening the scope of the firm’s London presence. He replaces John Varholy, who will remain in London to head a newly established firmwide global energy trading and marketing group. Bata said his main task was […]

Fried Frank launches in Shanghai

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has launched an office in Shanghai, the firm’s second in China. The new office will be headed by former Simmons & Simmons real estate partner Mike Hickman, who joined the firm in December 2006. Last year (12 December) The Lawyer reported on Fried Frank’s second raid on Simmons, taking […]

Da Vinci update: HBJ partner charged

HBJ Gateley Wareing Glasgow corporate partner Calum Jones has appeared on petition at Dumfries Sheriff Court charged with conspiracy to rob and extort money. The lawyer was arrested by Dumfries and Galloway police yesterday (4 October) in a raid organised to recover a stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting worth £30m. The painting was seized at […]

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