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01 July 2020

People: Job Retention Scheme and Pensions (UK)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS"), opened for claims on 20 April. Originally due to end on 31 May, then 30 June, the Chancellor announced on 12 May that it will remain in place and available to all sectors through to the end of October 2020. New rules, which will apply from 1 July 2020...
01 July 2020

Pressure Points: Corporate real estate: a post-Covid-19 perspective (UK)

Revival signs in real estate M&A The Covid-19 pandemic caused a noticeable slowdown in real estate M&A activity. Despite this, there are early signs in the market of a bounce back. Opportunistic/strategic deals are still completing and many investors have capital reserves ready to be...
30 June 2020

Australian small business payment times reporting bill – what you need to know

30 June 2020

Saving millions of shareholder dollars and forests of trees is easier than you think

How often do those of us in M&A and in-house legal and company secretariat teams have an opportunity to save trees and millions of shareholder dollars? The recent temporary changes to the Corporations Act in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 facilitate this by allowing notices of...
30 June 2020

REACTIVACIÓN: Análisis del Real Decreto Ley 23/2020, de 23 de junio: su impacto en renovables (España)

El 24 de junio se publicó en el Boletín Oficial del Estado, el Real Decreto-Ley 23/2020, de 23 de junio, por el que se aprueban medidas en materia de energía y en otros ámbitos para la reactivación económica (“RDL 23/2020”). Este Real Decreto-Ley entró en vigor el 25 de junio de 2020, si bien debe...
29 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: The Global Impact on the Mining Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis. The mining industry has sought to respond quickly to protect the health of its employees and its communities. These steps are in response to (and often ahead of) emergency measures and lockdowns implemented by governments...
29 June 2020

Governance: An Overview of E-signatures and Electronic Legal Transactions (Germany)

In light of the restrictions on contact necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the possibility of conducting legal transactions electronically has become a central issue. Corresponding questions which investors should consider when doing transactions in the German market are inter alia whether...
29 June 2020

Construction Law Masters podcast series

Our Construction Law Masters podcast series we welcome distinguished guests from the construction industry to discuss their unique experiences and views of various aspects of construction law and practice.
26 June 2020

Pressure Points: Summary of Key Support And Guidance for Charities and Social Enterprises (UK)

This note sets out a high-level summary of key announcements regarding funding, support, and guidance available for social enterprises and charities as of 26 June 2020. Please note that changes and announcements are made regularly; updates should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
26 June 2020

JD Sports appeals CMA prohibition decision citing impact of Covid-19 as a key consideration

JD Sports has filed an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) against the decision by the CMA to prohibit its acquisition of rival retailer Footasylum, with the appropriate treatment of Covid-19 a key area of dispute between the parties and the CMA.
25 June 2020

Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to competition law challenges

The automotive industry is unquestionably evolving at considerable pace whether through advances in connectivity and autonomy in vehicles, developments in the way that consumers access and use vehicles or changes driven by the 'electric revolution' and the unprecedented industry disruption caused...
25 June 2020

CJEU rules that providing free samples of non-prescription drugs to pharmacists is permitted

On 11 June, the Court of Justice of the European Union (" CJEU ") ruled on the question of whether free samples to pharmacists of medicines may be supplied by pharmaceutical companies to pharmacists. The German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) had referred questions regarding the German...
25 June 2020

Can AfCFTA deliver on what it promises?

It is worth exploring whether the AfCFTA will indeed afford greater protection to investors across Africa and here in SA?
25 June 2020

PEOPLE: URLAUBSVERLÄNGERUNG DURCH HÄUSLICHE QUARANTÄNE? (Deutschland)

Die Bundesregierung hat die weltweite Reisewarnung für nicht notwendige, touristische Reisen für die meisten Mitgliedsstaaten der EU, Schengen-assoziierte Staaten (Schweiz, Norwegen, Island und Liechtenstein) und das Vereinigte Königreich ab dem 15. Juni 2020 aufgehoben und durch individuelle...
25 June 2020

The UK's National Security and Investment Bill - the new foreign investment control regime: choices and direction

The UK Government has a significant choice to make over the next few weeks: it has to decide on its approach to protecting national security in a changing global landscape, while maintaining the country’s appeal - built up over the last 40 years - as an attractive and predictable jurisdiction for...