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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).



Ince & Co cuts 10 in shipping and finance

Ince & Co has confirmed it is to cut 10 shipping and finance fee earners and six secretarial staff following its redundancy consultation launched in February. The business support staff were offered voluntary redundancy but the consultation with fee earners had no voluntary aspect and was expected to be quicker. All ten have now left […]

Karen Le Cras

Le Cras, Karen

Karen Le Cras is a partner and advocate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. She specialises in corporate and commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on banking, finance and trusts litigation and asset tracing and freezing orders. Le Cras also frequently advises companies, shareholders and directors in relation to corporate insolvency matters, and banks […]


A&O, Ropes and Latham advise on Altice’s €17bn acquisition of SFR

Allen & Overy, Ropes & Gray and Latham & Watkins have scored instructions on Altice’s acquisition of France’s second-biggest telecom operator SFR. Having been engaged in a month-long bidding war with rival Bouygues, cable and mobile services provider Altice finally received the nod from Vivendi to acquire SFR, marking the biggest leveraged finance deal since […]

Robert Lewis

China Watch – inside the Zhong Lun partners’ meeting

Zhong Lun’s Robert Lewis gives an insider’s view of Chinese law firm management – neither unmanaged nor unmanageable A couple of weeks ago, we had our semi-annual Zhong Lun partners meeting in an international conference center on the shores of the East Lake in Wuhan in central China.  One item conspicuous by its absence from the […]

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