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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).


Breast stroke

Halliwells’ involvement in Sport England’s scheme to get North West companies fitter backfired when its participation was announced back in April and it was accused of profiting from funds that should have gone to poor, needy organisations. Now news comes that some of the firm’s employees were using the scheme in an inappropriate manner, after […]

Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Recruitment is a tricky issue for everybody. Even for a firm as profitable as Cahill Gordon & Reindel, the main challenge remains hiring enough talented young lawyers. Turnover: $229m (£122m) Managing partner: William Hartnett Total number of lawyers: 275 Total number of partners: 69 Profit per equity partner: $2m (£1.2m) Main practice areas: Leveraged finance, […]

Trigen secures legal head from Eversheds

Anglo-German biopharmaceutical company Trigen has recruited Eversheds lawyer Justin Penman as its new head of legal. As Trigen’s sole in-house counsel Penman has overall responsibility for all legal matters, including protecting Trigen’s confidential information; liaising with external counsel and the company’s patent and trademark attorneys; and general contract negotiation and management. Trigen has operations in […]

White & Case raids CC for German M&A team

White & Case has boosted its Berlin corporate team with a three-lawyer raid on Clifford Chance’s Dusseldorf office. The former head of Clifford Chance’s Berlin office, which was closed in November 2004, and corporate M&A partner Jorg Kraffel will move to White & Case at the end of this year after 16 years as an […]

SJ Berwin sets sights on Poland, Sweden

SJ Berwin is looking to expand its European network into both Poland and Sweden in a bid to ramp up its core private equity transaction and funds formation business. But while the majority of firms remain resolutely focused on the Far East, senior partner Jonathan Blake said that SJ Berwin is keen to boost its […]

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