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Considerations for listed companies in response to Covid-19

COVID-19 continues to cause unprecedented disruption to all business operations, which includes the annual corporate calendar for listed public companies when preparing and filing accounts, holding AGMs and making dividend payments to their shareholders. Below is a summary of the key considerations.

Mind the gap – How to effect a safe return to work

As the UK remains in lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty abounds about when a return to “normal” life can be expected. Government commentary suggests social distancing may continue for the rest of the year, raising questions about how to effect a safe return to work.

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PE teacher: Claire Wilkinson, MVision

MVision GC Claire Wilkinson lives and breathes private equity, so much so that she is the industry guru on ethics.  Unusually for a general counsel, when Claire Wilkinson joined private equity adviser MVision 16 months ago it was to replace the company’s outgoing chief financial officer. This helps explain why less than half her workload […]

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Opinion: EU trademark report is a shot in the arm for brand owners

Proposals concerning the use of community trademarks (CTMs) could give UK brand owners more power to leverage when protecting their marks in EU ­member states. In some instances, this could lead to an increase in litigation. In the first report of its kind, published on 15 February, the Max Planck Institute has put a series […]

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A&O and Herbies advise on Man Group’s Citi outsourcing deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith have taken the mandates on a landmark outsourcing deal between Man Group and Citibank’s specialised outsourcing arm. Herbert Smith advised Man Group on the deal, which marks the first time the fund manager has outsourced its services. Outsourcing partner Nick Pantlin and funds partner Tim West led the […]

Winckworth grabs Dawsons property expert

Winckworth Sherwood has hired Dawsons ­property partner Simon Livesy. He joins Winckworth’s ­institutional property team alongside senior assistant Richard Wooton. Livesy, thought to be one of Dawsons’ last remaining fixed-share partners, specialises in commercial property ­acquisitions, disposals, lettings and other landlord and tenant work. Institutional property head Rob Banham said: “Simon’s experience will strengthen our […]

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Shop tactics

You know that feeling when you pop out to replenish your rubber band and second-class stamp supply and, halfway to the shop, you remember that you need a bit of conveyancing done? No, neither do we. But that hasn’t stopped everyone’s favourite mass-market law outfit QualitySolicitors from hooking up with everyone’s favourite stationers WHSmith (see […]

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