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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.


Olswang and SJ Berwin act on Universal’s £487m sale of Coldplay label

Shearman & Sterling, SJ Berwin and Debevoise & Plimpton are among a raft of firms to have won roles on a deal that sees Warner Music Group buy the British music label which signed the Beatles, Parlophone Label Group, from Universal Music Group for £487m. The all-cash transaction will see artists from Parlophone, which include […]


Moves: 4 February 2013

Move of the week Bird & Bird has hired corporate partner Jörg Paura as a partner in its international corporate group. He will join the Hamburg office on 1 April, from Hogan Lovells where he was a partner in the corporate M&A practice, also in Hamburg. His focus is in the steel, automotive and media […]


Curtis counsels investors, start-ups and established global corporations in sectors as diverse as software, hardware, electronic media, nanotechnology, clean technology, biotechnology, renewable energy and life sciences. The range of services provided by the group includes: Stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures Mergers Equity and debt offerings Private placements Venture capital financings and partnering agreements Joint […]

Construction and engineering

Shoosmiths’ construction and engineering team advises on all aspects of legal construction matters, from strategic advice on procurement and institutional and market expectations at project inception to contentious aspects of projects during and after the completion of a project. The team of two partners, four associates and four other legal advisers helps clients across the […]

Quinn Emanuel posts another record year on the back of contingent fees

Litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has entered this year’s US financial reporting season with an 18 per cent increase in gross revenue, taking global turnover to a record $852.5m. The US firm’s founder and managing partner John Quinn told The Lawyer that the boost was the result of a particularly busy year in […]

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