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Latest Briefings

Trade associations call for company voluntary arrangement reforms

Reforms are needed to the current company voluntary arrangement (CVA) process, according to both R3 and the British Property Federation (BPF). R3 (the trade association for the UK’s insolvency, restructuring, advisory, and turnaround professionals) has published a research report recommending a number of reforms to improve the effectiveness and reputation of CVAs. These include: Capping […]

How the courts are interpreting long-term maintenance contracts

By Ian Yule The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) may be past its peak, but various cases have come to court in the past few years involving long-term maintenance contracts, including PFIs. Three cases in particular are worth noting. They have featured issues such as whether terms should be implied about co-operation, how good faith clauses […]

Pimlico Plumbers – contract matters and the ‘gig’ economy

By Alex Mellis The ‘gig’ economy cases, scattered throughout the different tiers of varying jurisdictions of courts and tribunals, excite much interest when the latest decision is published and flashed across the media. The recent decision of the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers & Anor v Smith, handed down on 13 June 2018, will be no […]

Ukraine: new corporate law governing LLCs

The new law “On Limited and Additional Liability Companies” No. 2275-VIII has come into effect, with the exception of some specific provisions related to inheritance that take effect on 17 June 2019. The law introduces fundamental changes to the rules that apply to the operation of companies with limited and additional liability, grants their participants […]

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France Telecom legal chief joins B&M to launch team

France Telecom is losing its general counsel to the Paris office of international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Emmanuel Guillaume will join Baker & McKenzie as a partner at the beginning of June. He will take with him the legal director of France Telecom subsidiary Branche Enterprises, Christian Blomet, who will join the firm as […]

Case studies

Claim against the Bank of America Case: A claim for over $4bn (£2.8bn) alleging that the manner in which the Bank of America divested itself of its founding 25 per cent stake in BCCI between 1978 and 1980 was fraudulent because it knew about the fraudulent and imprudent manner in which BCCI’s business was being […]

Lovells scores hat trick for AutoLogic

Lovells has pulled off a hat trick of deals for longstanding client AutoLogic Holdings and coordinated them all to be announced together. The firm managed three teams concurrently, which were overseen by client relationship partner Alison Hampton. She has been working for the client since 1997 when it was admitted to the London Stock Exchange […]

Dentons appoints Asia senior partner

Denton Wilde Sapte has strengthened its commitment to Asia with the appointment of its London corporate head to the new role of Asia senior partner, based at the firm’s Hong Kong office. Steven Goodman will be responsible for the Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore offices from 1 May. Outgoing Hong Kong managing partner Raymond […]

Masons gets corporate capability in Scotland

Masons has hired its first corporate partner in Scotland from leading Scottish firm Dickson Minto. Derek Stroud will be working primarily with the firm’s fast-growing IT client base, but will also work with construction and energy clients. Until now, the corporate requirements of the firm’s Scottish-based clients have been handled from its London and Leeds […]

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