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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).

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Fangda hires Hong Kong corporate partner from Edwards Wildman

Chinese firm Fangda has added corporate capability in Hong Kong with the hire of partner Andrew Lui from US firm Edwards Wildman Palmer. Lui’s appointment comes 18 months after Fangda opened in Hong Kong, through the hire of litigation partner Peter Yuen from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (23 April 2012). Lui is qualified in Hong Kong and […]

Conyers advises Luxoft Holding on BVI aspects of its secondary public offering

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Luxoft Holding, a European IT service provider, on all British Virgin Islands (BVI) law aspects of its secondary public offering. The secondary share sale was by nine-per-cent shareholder Rus Lux, a unit of Romanian investment bank VTB Capital, which raised $95.2m (£57m). Counsel Audrey M Robertson and associate Cora Miller […]

Outsourcing in asset management industry: FCA publishes the findings from its review

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its findings into its review as to whether asset managers are effectively managing the risks relating to outsourcing.  The review was stimulated by the growing number of critical activities that the asset management industry outsources to a small number of service providers. The FCA carried out its review as […]

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Hong Kong SFC appoints Cleary partner as corporate finance director

The Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission (HKSFC) has appointed Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Megan Tang as director in its corporate finance division. Tang will report to corporate finance division executive director Brian Ho when she joins the commission next month. The division is responsible for regulating takeover and merger activities, administering the dual […]

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