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Covid-19 Ireland: Support extended credit guarantee scheme and new pandemic fund

On 2 May 2020 the Irish Government agreed a suite of important measures to further support affected small, medium and larger businesses. These include a €2 billion COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme to support bank lending to small and medium sized enterprises and a new €2 billion Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund to support medium and large enterprises.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Debenhams

In a judgment handed down on 6th May 2020 in Re Debenhams Retail Ltd (in administration) [2020] EWCA Civ 600, the Court of Appeal provided confirmation on the implications for office holders and insolvent estates of using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations, following the previous first instance decisions on the issue in Re Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) and Re Debenhams Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch). Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Carluccio’s

In a judgment handed down on Monday 13th April 2020 in Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch), Snowden J considered the application of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations both as a matter of principle and in respect of the logistics and practicalities involved for office holders. Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Green is good – a Channel Islands perspective

Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO of The International Stock Exchange Group, explores how the Channel Islands are utilising experience and expertise to make a significant impact in global green and sustainable finance initiatives.



Skadden picks up new client via Mota-Engil Africa LSE listing

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Linklaters have scooped key roles advising on industrial conglomerate Mota-Engil Africa’s proposed IPO on the London Stock Exchange. It is the second time Linklaters has advised an African company on a flotation in the UK in the last three months. In April, capital markets partner Ben Dulieu advised on the […]


Watson Farley adopts “variable share” partnership structure

Watson Farley & Williams has overhauled its remuneration to fixed-share partners in the wake of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) national insurance (NI) crackdown. Each of the firm’s London-based non-equity partners has agreed to contribute just over 20 per cent of their remuneration into a separate pooled fund. This will be redistributed to FSPs in the […]

Laura Harper and Carol Isherwood set to head up Shoosmiths’ IP and creatives team

Shoosmiths has appointed partner Laura Harper and associate Carol Isherwood into its intellectual property (IP) and creative industries team in Manchester. Both have joined Shoosmiths from Ward Hadaway. Harper will head up the firm’s developing IP and creative industries team along with Isherwood. She has a range of legal expertise in the field of IP […]

Partner Sweeney and associate Evans join Shoosmiths’ national banking team

Shoosmiths has welcomed partner Liz Sweeney and associate Ruth Evans to its banking team. Sweeney and Evans join the team from EOS Law and, before that, DLA Piper. Sweeney has expertise in real-estate finance, leveraged finance, acquisition finance, public-to-private transactions, restructurings, project finance and general corporate lending. She advises a range of lenders and borrowers […]


China’s Fangda poaches second Freshfields partner

Chinese firm Fangda has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s China antitrust head Michael Han as a partner in Beijing, its second lateral hire from the magic circle firm in two years. Han joined Freshfields’ Beijing office in November 2007 as a senior counsel after spending a year and a half with the firm’s US antitrust practice […]

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