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After Covid-19: Return to work and the “new normal”

COVID-19 has left the whole world shaken. There’s a lot of debate going on about how soon life will return to normal, and whether things will ever be quite the same as used to be. Certainly the ‘post COVID19 return to work’ is a hot topic right now, particularly after recent advice from the UK Government.

Government makes it easier for manufacturers to offer PPE on the European market

Following a European Commission Recommendation published on 13 March 2020 (EC Recommendation), the government have taken steps to relax regulatory requirements in relation to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The changes enable manufacturers to place PPE on the market more quickly in an effort to meet the ever increasing demand […]

Angola: banking regulations 2020

The Angolan banking system now comprises 26 banks, it being widely agreed that Angola’s banking institutions will need to continue their consolidation over the next few years – particularly considering that Angolan banking institutions still have a high rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs), despite the 5% reduction in 2018, and are being required to comply with international best practices and standards issued by the Basel Committee on banking supervision.

Changes in the real estate landscape

The past week has seen significant changes for all involved in real estate. This article summaries the key points owners and their advisors need to know.



Travers promotes three in cut down partnership round

Travers Smith has made up three associates to partner, in a promotions round less than half the size of last year’s. The firm has promoted litigator Jan-Jaap Baer, funds specialist Jeremy Elmore and banking and corporate recovery lawyer Danny Peel to its partnership. Last year Travers promoted eight associates to partner (16 May 2012). In […]


Aviva takes tough line in panel review

A&O joins Slaughters on Aviva’s plc roster; insurer insisted on discounts Aviva demanded a 15-25 per cent headline fee discount for firms pitching for its plc panel, which advises the insurer’s board. The company is hoping to cut its legal spend this year. This should be easy – last year it spent £35m on disposals […]

Corporate governance and compliance

Our experts advise on domestic and international corporate issues including corporate law, sector-specific regulations, relevant listing rules, liability and risks for board directors and senior executives. Compliance issues are having an increasing impact on corporates globally. Across all of our offices we help our clients navigate the maze of legislation and best practice codes relevant to corporate governance and […]

Belgian government plans to increase consumer protection

On 18 February 2013, the Belgian government approved a new package of measures (Twin Peaks II). The measures are aimed at increasing consumer protection and strengthening the powers of the Belgian financial supervisor (FSMA). The formal proposals will become publicly available at a later stage. The package includes a range of measures as outlined in […]

Pamboridis closes its Limassol office

As a result of the unprecedented decision of the Euro group on 15 March 2013, the recapitalisation of the two largest Cyprus banks and the subsequent recession, Pamboridis has decided to suspend the operations of its Limassol office. Since 1 May 2013, all Limassol personnel have been working out of the law firm’s Nicosia head […]

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