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COVID-19 has put many businesses in a difficult financial situation

Although the Government recognised this by pushing the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 through Parliament to try and stem the inevitable wave of insolvencies, directors and owners cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball for a second.



US firms cash in on their head start in acquisition finance

A quick scan of The Lawyer’s finance coverage over the past year or so serves to flag up a couple of key trends when it comes to deal-making. One is the migration of some of the magic circle’s top private equity talent to US firms. Over the past year or so, this has included the […]

Bank of England

Travers Smith appointed to review BoE forex fixing claims

Travers Smith has been appointed to lead an independent review into allegations the Bank of England allowed fixing of the multi-trillion dollar foreign exchange (forex) market. The bank suspended a worker last week amid allegations that workers were involved with manipulating the forex market. The Oversight Committee of the Bank’s Court of Directors has been […]


Litigators dominate in Freshfields’ 15-strong promotion round

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made up 15 new partners in its 2014 promotion round, creeping up slightly from last year’s low of 14. Last year’s total (25 March 2013) was a big drop on the 2012 promotion round, when the firm added 20 partners to its ranks (28 March 2012).  This year the firm has […]

Case update — performance bonds

The Court of Appeal has reinforced the position that the primary liability to pay under a performance bond is entirely separate from the relationship between the parties to the underlying contract. The case in question was the Court of Appeal hearing of the Wuhan Guoyu Logistics Group v Emporiki Bank of Greece [2013] EWCA Civ 1679. The […]

virgin media

Virgin Media appoints new general counsel from Scripps Networks

Virgin Media has appointed a new general counsel from American media company Scripps Networks Interactive. Mine Hifzi will take over from acting general counsel Pamela Claridge, who helped steer the media giant through a £14.9bn takeover by US group Liberty Global last year (6 February 2013). Hifzi will report directly into chief executive officer Tom […]

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