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European public procurement: Commentary on Directive 2014/24/EU

The detailed commentary on European public procurement provides an authoritative interpretation of each provision in the main EU Directive on public procurement – Directive 2014/24/EU. It also highlights the application problems and interpretative issues being raised in EU Member States, which in due time will make their way up to the CJEU or even require further legislative interventions.

There is no normal: rapid change requires resilience

Phil Muller, director of legal services at Williams Lea, explains why law firms need to make better use of data, technology and distributed working to future-proof their business models.

Offshore Litigation: Rule in Gibbs applied – Recognition of Singapore moratoria denied in Scotland

In the recent Scottish case of Chang Chin Fen v Cosco Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Ltd, the Outer House of the Court of Session refused petitions brought by debtor companies under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations, 2006 to, amongst other things, recognise moratoria obtained in the Singapore High Court on the basis that to do so would prejudice the rights of a creditor to claim under its English-law governed debt, which stood outside the proposed Singapore schemes.

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Shoosmiths is acting on the collapse of package holiday companies Late Rooms and Super Break, after its parent company Malvern Group failed to secure a sale of the business. Manchester-based restructuring partner Sarah Teal is acting for KPMG, which has been appointed as administrator today, alongside senior associate Hollie Wrigley and Hannah Gaskell. The firm […]

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Huge cast of firms claim mandates on Thomas Cook fallout

Ashurst has joined the throng of firms advising on the collapse of holiday group Thomas Cook, taking on the key role for the official receiver, KPMG and AlixPartners. Attempts to rescue Thomas Cook from insolvency failed overnight. Ashurst, which is advising the official receiver and special managers, has fielded a team led by restructuring head […]

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Magic circle and US firms win roles on Thomas Cook rescue bid

Clifford Chance is among the firms advising as Chinese conglomerate Fosun confirms its proposed rescue bid for airline Thomas Cook. The deal would see investment company Fosun inject £750m into Thomas Cook as part of a proposed recapitalisation and separation of the group. Corporate partner Tim Lewis and finance partner David Towers led from Clifford Chance […]

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Bristol firm enlisted in surprise buyout of Patisserie Valerie

Burges Salmon has been summoned to the rescue of scandal-struck café chain Patisserie Valerie, which has been bought by an Irish private equity company. Corporate restructuring partner Andrew Eaton is acting for Causeway Capital Partners, which has rescued Patisserie Valerie from its administrators KPMG for an undisclosed sum. Prior to joining Burges Salmon in 2016, Eaton […]

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Linklaters and Charles Russell Speechlys pair up on Stonegate pub buyout

Linklaters and Charles Russell Speechlys have acted together on another of British pub Stonegate’s acquisitions, following on from its takeover of cocktail bar chain Be At One in the summer. Stonegate has snapped up Bar Fever Limited, which operates 32 late night bars in UK towns and cities, under brands such as as Fever, Boutique, Zinc and Moo Moo. Linklaters advised […]

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