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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).


Linklaters beats rivals to Orange’s German sale

Linklaters has elbowed aside Slaughter and May and Shearman & Sterling to advise Orange on the disposal of its German mobile company to Carphone Warehouse. Linklaters’ close relationship with Vodafone has, until now, always disrupted its relations with other mobile operators. Partner Matthew Middleditch has overcome that, leading the team advising on the E65m (£46.6m) […]

High Court figures take a nosedive

The financial crisis faced by the civil courts has been compounded by figures showing that the number of High Court claims has dropped by 66 per cent over the last five years. According to figures sourced by media litigation firm Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners, there were 54,543 High Court claim forms issued in 2002, compared […]

Pillsbury raids Wilson Sonsini in East Coast drive

Pillsbury Winthrop has widened its recruitment drive to the US East Coast after taking on the co-founding partner of West Coast rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s New York office. Babak ‘Bo’ Yaghmaie is joining the firm’s corporate and securities group, where he will specialise in high-tech, life science, investment bank and venture capital clients. […]

Allied Domecq gifts Latham adviser role

Latham & Watkins has sidelined Clifford Chance, Pillsbury Winthrop and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom to win a place on Allied Domecq’s legal panel. The New York-based firm has been appointed by the FTSE 100 beverages com-pany to advise on US law issues. Although Allied Domecq will retain all three firms, the company’s general […]

and sidelines CC and Ashursts on Candover

Linklaters‘ London office has completed its first deal for private equity giant Candover, traditionally a client sewn up by an Ashurst Morris Crisp and Clifford Chance duopoly. The firm acted for Candover on the acquisition of a majority stake in part of the Anglo-Dutch private bank Insinger de Beaufort (see Deals page 10). It is […]

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