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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).

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Kirkland & Ellis has represented BC Partners on its investment into UK software company Advanced, in the firm’s latest advisory role for the private equity house. The US firm fielded a team that included partners David Higgins, Rory Mullarkey and Tom Bartram. Last September, Higgins advised BC Partners on its agreement to acquire majority ownership […]

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Clifford Chance and Kirkland among firms sharing in £16m Merlin fees

Legal fees on the take-private acquisition of Merlin Entertainments are set to exceed £16m, with firms such as Clifford Chance, Kirkland & Ellis and Slaughter and May sharing in the total. According to the scheme document, Merlin is expected to incur £5.6m in fees, the bulk of which will go to Slaughters. The firm advised […]

Paul Weiss ramps up NY corporate with Kirkland hire

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is growing out its corporate team in New York, recruiting a partner from Kirkland & Ellis’ Manhattan office. Sarah Stasny is joining Paul Weiss, having started her legal career at Weil Gotshal & Manges in 2004. She made partner 10 years later and joined Kirkland in 2016. Stasny’s practice […]

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Kirkland and Wachtell join Irish duo on pharma mega-deal

Kirkland & Ellis and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz were the two lead US advisers on the $63bn transatlantic deal between pharmaceutical giants AbbVie and Allergan. AbbVie, an American biopharmaceutical company, has acquired Allergan, a Dublin-based botox-maker, in a cash and stock deal. The combined company is expected to increase leadership across healthcare fields such […]

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