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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).



Sir Nigel Knowles: The end of the legal market as we know it is nigh

Prosperity is all around, but that will only lay bare fundamental problems in a sector accelerating towards its judgment day The wave of positive economic data that ushered in the new year has become positively tidal as momentum and growth, now driven by increased business investment levels as well as consumption, has buoyed markets and […]

Conyers advises HKT Group Holdings on HKD11.7bn bilateral facility

Conyers Dill & Pearman has acted as Cayman counsel to HKT Group Holdings (the guarantor) and provided Cayman legal opinions and condition precedents confirmation in respect of the bilateral facilities by each of the 11 participating banks to Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) (the borrower) on 21 May 2014. The aggregate amount of the bilateral facilities […]

Yorkshire agriculture showing strong recovery compared with other regions, says R3

Agriculture in Yorkshire is showing a strong recovery compared with other regions, according to research by insolvency trade body R3. William Ballmann, chair of R3 and partner at Gateley, said it is encouraging to see signs that in Yorkshire, where many livelihoods still depend on the land, farming enterprises are starting to recover. Figures for […]


The Chinese legal market: answers to the key questions

What is the state of mind among foreign firms operating in China? What are their main concerns about the market and how are their Chinese counterparts faring? If you are still seeking the answers, look no further. This week, The Lawyer’s industry commentator Robert Lewis provides an illuminating insight into some intimate discussions among 12 […]


Cleary and Wachtell lead as Medtronic buys Covidien for $43bn

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, alongside Irish heavyweights A&L Goodbody and Arthur Cox, are leading on the mammoth $42.9bn (£25.3bn) merger of medical technology giants Medtronic and Covidien. The transaction will see Medtronic buy Covidien for $42.9bn in cash and stock, with the merged entity relocating its corporate headquarters […]

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