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BCLP grabs two more partners from Paris boutique

The ever-expanding Paris office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has hired yet more lawyers from a boutique French firm, this time adding in employment and antitrust. The lawyers all join from Franklin; they are antitrust partner Julie Catala Marty, employment partner Claire Fougea and employment of counsel Marion Brière Ségala, who joins BCLP as […]

Hundreds of Irish barristers lend support to virus contact tracing scheme

Almost 400 barristers registered to the Irish Bar have volunteered to carry out coronavirus contact tracing in order to help relieve pressure on health staff. A total of 385 barristers, which is about one-sixth of all practising barristers in Ireland, have signed up to volunteer for the Health Service Executive. Under the scheme, which is […]

Shearman opts against salary hikes in Italy

Shearman & Sterling’s Italian arm has told its staff that it will not be handing out any pay rises this year. Following a management decision, which is understood to have been made slightly before the coronavirus outbreak, staff in the Milan and Rome offices of the US firm will not be granted raises for the […]


The Virus Diaries: DWF’s Milan partners on going into lockdown

More than coronavirus itself, what keeps lawyer Tancredi Marino awake at night is the anguish caused by the lockdown. “I am a fatalist. If it gets me, it gets me,” the Milan-based DWF tax partner says, stuck in his home. The claustrophobic inability to move is a feeling that he grapples with on a daily […]

Further litigation expected as Germany rules on controversial “cum-ex” schemes

The first cum-ex trial in Germany has reached a verdict despite ongoing pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with the verdict expected to pave the way for a flood of investigations into the controversial trading practice. The five-judge panel said cum-ex trading was a criminal offence, just a few hours after the public prosecutor, Anne […]


Coronavirus forces German court to expedite first cum-ex trial

The German court handling the first cum-ex trial has decided to expedite the legal proceedings due to challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic. The Bonn District Court announced it will expedite the case against two British bankers, Martin S and Nicolas D. Both worked at the London office of German bank HypoVereinsbank (HVB) and are […]

Coronavirus: Taylor Wessing faces second case in Frankfurt

Taylor Wessing is facing a second COVID-19 case across its offices, just days after it closed temporarily its London HQ after one of its employees tested positive. The Lawyer understands that another positive case has been identified in its Frankfurt building, which also houses a number of other legal and financial services businesses. The employee […]

Teleworking: Cuatrecasas tells staff across the world to work from home

Cuatrecasas has become the first Spanish firm to impose mandatory working from home policies for all of its staff worldwide due to the spread of the coronavirus. The Spanish firm activated its contingency plan last week, and it became effective on Friday across all of its 27 offices until at least 23 March. Cuatrecasas requested […]

Featured Briefings

Hungary: Extraordinary measures impact the Hungarian banking sector

On 18 March the Hungarian prime minister announced extraordinary measures to be taken as a result of the national emergency caused by COVID-19. Most of these measures have a strong impact on the Hungarian economy; in particular, the banking sector.

Coronavirus: CMVM recommendations for holding general meetings

In an informative note published by PLMJ on 6 March we noted that shareholders’ general meetings are a source of danger because they bring together large groups of people. As a result, specific duties of care arise in relation to holding meetings and these apply not only to the chair of the board of the […]

Green certificates: Market now active in Portugal

Ten years have passed since the first law was enacted in Portugal providing for a mechanism of issuing and management of origin guarantees – certificates which provide evidence to customers that the energy being acquired has a “green origin”, i.e., a certain quota of the energy was generated through renewable power sources (mainly hydric, wind […]

Croatia: Temporary measures to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and Zagreb earthquake in civil, insolvency and criminal procedure law

On 14 March 2020, the Croatian Ministry of Justice issued recommendations to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and control the pandemic (“Measures“). The Measures are applicable until 1 April 2020. The Measures advise temporary adjustments to legal requirements in civil, insolvency and criminal procedure law to avoid hardship that would otherwise arise as a result of […]

Coronavirus: Buying and selling property in times of social distancing

We are facing a Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and, as a result, administrative solutions have been adopted and a state of emergency has been declared. All this has had an impact on the whole of the economy and it has also had serious adverse effects on property (real estate) transactions, which are subject to specific formalities […]

Hungary: Information on conditions of employment with regards to coronavirus

The appearance and spread of the coronavirus in Hungary made extraordinary measures necessary. Therefore, the Government of Hungary decided to declare a “state of emergency” on 11 March 2020 and introduced numerous preventive measures, with practically immediate effect. Primarily, the handling of the pandemic and the disease prevention is the task of state institutions. In […]

Coronavirus: Impact on intellectual property

Intellectual property will experience a period of slowdown in activity, at least in the near future, due to the impact of Covid-19. However, this does not mean mandatory registration of industrial property will come to a halt because, with many bodies, including the Portuguese INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property), registration is already done online. […]

Validity of decisions taken by public bodies through conference calls

Following the growing coronavirus outbreak which continues to upend life across the globe, face-to-face meetings of the Board of many public bodies and organizations are no longer an option. Unless there is no any specific law or regulation governing the meetings of the public body or organization concerned, the question which arises is whether an […]

Romania: Suspension of court activity and statutes of limitation

In light of the COVID-19 virus’ spread in Romania, the President of Romania issued Decree no. 195/2020 declaring a state of emergency in Romania (hereinafter referred to as the “Decree”). The Decree entered into force and generates its effects from the date of publication (i.e. 16 March 2020). The Decree sets up emergency measures with […]

Economic measures taken against the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak – Turkey

I. INTRODUCTION Numerous countries around the world continue to take measures against the economic challenges that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can cause in their countries. Canada, France and the United Kingdom are among those countries who recently announced comprehensive measure packages to tackle economic disruptions. Meanwhile, crucial interest rate cut decisions were taken by the […]

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