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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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A&O, Stephenson Harwood and Cleary Gottlieb lead on takeover of easyHotel

Allen & Overy, Stephenson Harwood and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are acting on the £139m takeover offer of easyHotel, following a wrangle which has been won by two property funds. Canadian investment fund Ivanhoé Cambridge and Luxembourg-based property fund manager ICAMAP Investments, working under the banner of Citrus UK, have bid for budget hotel […]

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City firms called in on £1bn hotel deal

A quartet of firms have won top roles on the £1bn sale of four of the Grange Hotel’s London leases, while Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance took the lead on financing matters. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), Hogan Lovells, Brown Rudnick and Gowling WLG all advised on the sale of the buildings to Queensgate […]

Latham and Linklaters team up for sale of Grosvenor House Hotel

Linklaters and Latham & Watkins have spearheaded the sale of the iconic Grosvenor House hotel to a Qatari-state backed company, as the wealthy Gulf state continues its splurge on the capital’s trophy assets. The magic circle firm advised Katara Hospitality, which is owned by the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), led by real estate partner Simon Price, banking partner Mark O’Neill, corporate […]

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French and US firms lead on Fiat Chrysler’s £35bn deal with Peugeot

Sullivan & Cromwell and two French firms are acting for Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot on their plans to merge into one automobile giant. This is Fiat Chrysler’s second attempt at a merger this year. Sullcrom’s team is advising Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The US firm is working with French firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, led by Jean-Michel […]

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