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Switzerland – restructuring and insolvency activity

The Swiss federal government’s Expert Group expects Switzerland’s GDP to fall by 1.5 per cent in 2020, down from previous expectations in December 2019 that predicted a rise of 1.3 per cent, mainly because of covid-19.

Romania – Consumer protection updates in the audio-visual media field

In November 2018, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union enacted the Directive (EU) 2018/1808 amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination on certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administration in Member States concerning the provision of audio-visual media services in view of changing market realities (the “Audio-Visual Media Services Directive”).


Rita Lowe

Five rules of the insolvency game

As the high street suffers, lawyers pick up mandates from administrators January is proving particularly torrid for companies in trouble and December was almost as bad for the UK high street. But the past two and a half months have also confirmed a few principles about the insolvency game for lawyers. Principle one: if the […]

Catrin Griffiths

Hot 100: bringing hidden stars to light

Welcome to The Hot 100 2013: as you’ll see, this year we’ve devoted a lot of space to our highly anticipated feature. But there’s more; in our extended treatment we have video interviews with no fewer than 80 of the participants in the Hot 100. This took three days of shooting – and a lot […]

Addleshaws, Hogan Lovells, Links lead as Lloyds sells pub group to PE house

Addleshaw Goddard, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters all had roles on US private equity house Cerberus Capital Management’s £200m acquisition of pub group Admiral Taverns from Lloyds Banking Group. Lloyds took control of Admiral – which has some 1,100 pubs in its portfolio – in 2009, as part of a restructuring that involved a debt-for-equity swap. […]

Brum super-set takes direct action

No 5 Chambers fends off the downturn blues with move towards shared services While many barristers are surfing a litigation wave, just as many are feeling the pinch from the downturn and the annihilation of the legal aid budget. For sets that straddle civil and criminal work this presents a dilemma: how do you maintain […]

Under pressure

The news today that Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol City Councils have all embarked upon ambitious three-year budget-cutting strategies has revealed exactly how much pressure is being placed on each council body to slash its legal spend. Bristol City Council, for example, which had a net budget of £6.37m in 2012/13, is being tasked with saving […]

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