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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.


DLA Piper partners advise Pfizer on $635m vaccines acquisition from Baxter

DLA Piper has advised Pfizer on the $635m (£405m) acquisition of commercial vaccines from Baxter. The deal included the meningitis prevention vaccine NeisVac-C and the well-known vaccine FSME-IMMUN/Ticovac. Furthermore, Pfizer acquired the production facility in Austria where the two vaccines are manufactured. The transaction was led by DLA Piper partners Christoph Mager and Elisabeth Stichmann, […]

Hitachi Rail Europe appoints six firms for inaugural panel

Transport supplier Hitachi Rail Europe has become the latest company to launch an inaugural legal panel, picking six firms for its roster (see story here). The appointment of Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Shoosmiths and Stephenson Harwood comes less than six months after the company hired DLA Piper lawyer Rachel Crosier as its first […]

Penningtons Manches joins the race to the Golden Gate Bridge

Penningtons Manches has announced the opening of its first non-UK office today, choosing San Francisco as the perfect place to boost its cross-border M&A practice. Corporate and technology partner James Klein and IP/IT partner Hamish Corner will lead the team in the new office, which will focus on technology. Penningtons Manches may recognise some familiar […]

TL Awards

Stories of the year: May reveals awards shortlist

The Lawyer Awards shortlist was the biggest story in May, with the Premier League email scandal involving DLA Piper partner Nick West also garnering much interest. Is it you? The Lawyer Awards shortlist unveiled As always, the most popular story in May was the unveiling of The Lawyer Awards shortlist. A host of firms, barristers’ […]

Schoenherr promotes EU and competition law expert Christoph Haid to equity partner

Schoenherr has invited Christoph Haid, a partner in the firm’s EU and competition department, to join the firm’s equity partners. Haid’s practice focuses on merger control and cartel proceedings as well as competition law advice throughout the entire CEE region, where he also helps guide Schoenherr competition lawyers in their respective jurisdictions in expanding their […]

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