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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).


Matt Byrne

Deals junkies scan horizon in hope

Are deals back? You might not think so from reading this week’s feature on public M&A fees. They’re down by 3 per cent compared with the same period last year, and 35 per cent compared with the previous six months. But statistics don’t tell you everything. Of course, deals never truly went away, and there […]

Barclays’ panel beating

Barclays has taken a radical approach to appointing legal advisers in its first review since 2011, which has slashed the list of firms. A&O, Freshfields, Hogan Lovells, and Simmons among firms taking spots on Barclays’ reduced panel Barclays: work together to keep panel place Former White House lawyer Bob Hoyt named as Barclays general counsel […]


Trio of City boutiques team up with Buzzacott to launch professional advisory service

Boutique firms CM Murray, Hierons and Maurice Turnor Gardner have joined forces with chartered accountants Buzzacott to go to market as a one-stop-shop for professional practices. Collectively dubbed the Professional Practices Alliance, the firms aim to pool their resources in a bid to capture the lion’s share of advisory work to professional services firms. In […]

DLA Piper represents Florida Blue in its agreement to sell OptaComp

DLA Piper has represented Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue) in its agreement to sell affiliate Comp Options Insurance Company (OptaComp) to AmTrust Financial Services. The deal is expected to close in autumn 2014. OptaComp is a Florida-based workers’ compensation insurer that works with small businesses with low-hazard risk profiles. The DLA […]

M&A focus needs to turn to integration, says Eversheds’ Robin Johnson

Robin Johnson, co-chair of cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) at Eversheds, has commented on news that the value of global M&A has hit $1.75tn (£1tn) in the first half 2014, showing a return to vigour. He said: ‘Everyone knew this was coming last year. The downturn in M&A in the previous five years, low interest rates, quantitative […]

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