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Sending in the bailiffs… no longer an option for landlords

On 15 September 2020, the government announced further measures to protect commercial tenants from recovery action by restricting the ability of landlords to recover unpaid rent by utilising the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery process (“CRAR”).

What price do you put on the environment?

The pandemic has challenged a lot of the ways we do things, and large scale on-site catering has been subject to more change than most. For some, this has meant the logistical challenge of delivering meals to residents at a distance from a central kitchen, and alongside the physical distribution, this has brought about the need to procure packaging for hot meals.

SMAs – a phoenix from the flames of Covid-19?

One of the consequences of the slowdown in fundraising caused by the recent pandemic seems to have been an increase in the use of Separately Managed Accounts as investment vehicles.


Keyword advertising from a German perspective

By Katharina Reuer A recent German case from December 2012 — ‘MOST-Pralinen’, concerning keyword advertising — shows the significant margin of appreciation national courts have to apply to European Court of Justice (CJEU) case law.  In the MOST-Pralinen case, the defendant bid on the generic keyword ‘Pralinen’ using Google’s ‘broad match’ function. This function then added […]

When the cartel investigators come calling: top 10 dos and top 10 don’ts

A company may first learn that it is involved in an antitrust investigation in the US when federal agents appear at offices or homes armed with a search warrant to seize electronic and hard-copy records, computers, smartphones or other items that may contain relevant information. No-one expects to be handed a search warrant by a […]

Voice of an Angel

In the video interview, Angel noted that for the firm to achieve its global ambition, it needs to be in a lot more places and a lot stronger in some practice areas. He emphasised that Asia was a key region where the firm knows it needs to be bigger. But when Angel said “bigger”, does […]

Allen & Overy advises IC Hotels UK Pension Trust Ltd on bulk annuity policy purchase

Allen & Overy has advised the trustees of Intercontinental Hotels Group’s pension scheme on its purchase of a £440m bulk annuity policy with Rothesay Life. The bulk annuity policy insures the defined-benefit benefits of the pension scheme. Däna Burstow, pensions partner at Allen & Overy, worked on the deal with support from senior associate Jane […]

United Kingdom Privy Council to hear Madoff feeder fund appeal

In September 2011, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Commercial Court held that investors in Fairfield Sentry Limited (in liquidation) (Sentry), a feeder fund for Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities Limited (BLMIS), could not be forced to repay money received from the redemption of their shares in Sentry prior to its liquidation… If you are registered […]

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