Although this summer sees the lifting of lockdown restrictions across the UK, the re-opening of workplaces does not automatically signal a return to ‘business as usual’. In this briefing, we bring you up to speed on the key issues and latest developments on working life and Covid-19.
Catch up on the BVCA High Growth conference and the panel chaired by corporate partner Nina Searle on Tuesday 8 June. The panel comprised: Matthew Goldstein, Managing Director, M12 – Microsoft’s Venture Fund; Rob Moffatt, Partner, Balderton Capital; Namrata Turaga, Associate, Apple Tree Life Sciences; and Bao-Y Van Cong, Investment Director, Target Global. They discussed ‘Capturing capital: How to succeed in an evolving environment’ and explored the impact greater availability of international capital has had on the way we think about and define Series A to C investment rounds.
The impact of ESG investing on pensions has been phenomenal and will accelerate with the arrival of a UK taxonomy and mandatory disclosures on climate-related financial risks. This is the first in a series of podcasts by Cornwall Insight and TLT on green finance.
Increasing regulation of the private rented sector means that landlords of residential property in England need to be aware of their extensive obligations towards tenants.
The FCA is expected to consult on guidance regarding its approach to schemes of arrangement and other restructuring tools later this year. This follows letters of concerns being published in relation to schemes of arrangement proposed for lenders Amigo and Provident. The two letters of concerns, and the FCA’s opposition in court to the Amigo scheme, give some indication of the Regulator’s expectations. We have summarised some of the key issues that restructuring professionals should be aware of when advising regulated firms while we await the draft guidance for confirmation of the FCA’s position.
Post-Covid, how do we revive our urban centres, now and in the future? What does the future hold for work, retail, entertainment and living? These were some of the issues discussed when Birmingham real estate partner, Beth McArdle, chaired a session at the Big Tent Festival 2021 in Coventry. Joining Beth on the panel were: Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Director of Research at Institute of Future Transport & Cities, Coventry University; Trish Willetts, Coventry BID Director; and Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, Coventry City Council.
Legislative amendments to the British Virgin Islands trust legislation took effect on 9 July 2021 under the Trustee (Amendment) Act, 2021. The reforms introduce welcome improvements to the BVI’s Trustee Act and ensure that the BVI remains a leading offshore jurisdiction for the establishment, administration, and maintenance of trusts.
The power to exclude a beneficiary from a trust must be exercised with due care, failing which an excluded beneficiary may be able to obtain relief from the court.
For sophisticated investors looking for the next opportunity, decentralized finance (DeFi) offers a new way to invest in crypto assets in an on-demand digital world. However, before jumping in with both feet it’s critical to understand what DeFi is, how it works, its potential return on investment and its inherent risks. In this session we explore the burgeoning DeFi landscape, outline key legal considerations and highlight strategies that are currently being offered on various platforms.
The changes to Ontario’s construction lien legislation continue to make themselves felt with the Ontario Superior Court’s recent decision in Crosslink Transit Solutions Constructors v. Form & Build Supply (Toronto) Inc. (2021 ONSC 3396), which interpreted the transition provisions of the Construction Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.30. In the Crosslinx case, the court concluded that the “contract” used to determine whether the old Construction Lien Act or the new Construction Act applies under s.87.3(1)(a) is the prime contract between the owner and the contractor.
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Bridgepoint has appointed a new general counsel from within its own ranks after its London listing. Rachel Thompson, who has been at the private equity house since 2009, succeeds longstanding GC Charlie Barter. Before joining Bridgepoint, she practised as an associate at Clifford Chance. Barter, who is now listed as a partner at Bridgepoint, had […]
Ashurst has appointed a new UK head of corporate as former head Karen Davies prepares to take over as chair. Corporate partner Nick Williamson, who focuses on the energy and natural resources sectors, takes on the role from Davies. Meanwhile the global group will now be headed by two partners; Madrid office managing partner Jorge […]
Addleshaw Goddard has brought in a Jones Day partner to boost its leveraged finance team, as the UK firm continues to add more lawyers in London. Ewen Scott joins the firm’s City practice after three years at Jones Day. Prior to this he spent seven years at Ashurst, making partner in 2016, having begun his […]
Test & Trace general counsel Dan Toner has left the national programme’s legal function, a year after joining to help get it off the ground in the battle against Covid-19. Toner was brought in as GC of Test & Trace last summer. It was launched on 28 May as part of the Government’s Covid recovery […]
Kirkland & Ellis is set to gather its partners for the first time in two years, with an in-person conference currently being planned for the autumn. The US firm has announced internally that a partnership conference will take place in November in Chicago. The event is expected to be in person; however, if variants rise, […]
Green financial services products have gained prevalence during the past year; so much so that questions surrounding regulatory efforts, conflicting standards and changing approaches by financial institutions were at the forefront of attendees’ minds during a roundtable headed by Robin Penfold, TLT financial services partner. The conversation began by focusing on the impact of green […]
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