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20 May 2020

Covid-19: Pressure Points: New German FDI rules (Germany)

19 May 2020

International trade and sustainable development: On level playing field, cross-linkages and cherry-picking

There was time when trade negotiations were just about reducing tariffs and quotas. That was the purpose of GATT negotiating rounds and any tariff concession obtained by one contracting party had to be applied to all countries without discrimination. There were exceptions, in particular for customs...
19 May 2020

COVID-19: Webinar series (Global)

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant health, social and economic challenges world-wide, forcing governments and businesses to critically assess the impact to their people, operations and governance. We understand that navigating the pace of change, whilst also dealing with immediate issues...
19 May 2020

HSF TRUST COMPANIES SURVEY - TAX INSIGHTS

We asked trust companies questions about the most significant risk and compliance issues they face. The respondents identified tax compliance issues as the fourth most significant challenge.
19 May 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: Business and respect of human rights (Global)

The current COVID-19 crisis is putting businesses under unprecedented levels of pressure, in terms of time, finances and operations. Meanwhile, human rights within businesses and their value chains are at risk, particularly in countries where labour laws and social systems offer limited protection...
19 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Protecting and Reshaping

Safeguarding employees, preserving jobs and skills, and protecting personal data are all part of an on-going process of dynamic adaptation for employers.
19 May 2020

The View from Brussels: The European Commission’s new Readiness Notices

During the negotiations for the Withdrawal Agreement, much attention was paid to the need to prepare for a no-deal Brexit – where trade with the EU would no longer benefit from all the facilitations made possible by the Single Market, but would be governed by WTO rules only. Both the European...
19 May 2020

COVID-19: PRESSURE POINTS: Business associations and competition law during the COVID-19 crisis: Do's and Don'ts (Spain)

The current crisis and market uncertainty triggered by COVID-19 are forcing many companies to explore new formulas of collaboration to overcome the challenges that the current exceptional circumstances have generated. Many sectors have seen their sales and income plummet, while others are...
19 May 2020

Queensland case to focus on the human rights implications of climate change

Snapshot A group of young Queenslanders is challenging the mining lease and environmental approval for the Waratah coal mine, part of the Galilee Coal Project. Although detailed grounds are not yet available, statements on behalf of the group indicate that the grounds will explicitly link climate...
18 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Job Retention Scheme (UK)

The HMRC's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS"), announced on 20 March 2020 and opened for claims on 20 April, has now been extended for the second time. Originally due to end on 31 May, then 30 June, the Chancellor announced on 12 May that it would continue without change until the end of...
18 May 2020

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18 May 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: Finance briefing (UK)

In recent weeks we have been working with many UK corporates to support their immediate liquidity needs and to plan ahead, ensuring businesses are in good position to weather the COVID-19 storm. In this briefing we provide a snapshot of our views of the latest UK corporate debt and treasury trends:
18 May 2020

COVID-19: PRESSURE POINTS: Interim relief awarded in relation to a facility agreement due to "change of circumstances" (Spain)

Decision 155/2020, of 30 April, delivered by Court of First Instance 60 of Madrid (the “Decision”) has awarded the interim relief requested on a precautionary basis by Grupo Celsa in relation to a facility agreement without the lenders having previously called the loan or filed enforcement actions.
18 May 2020

COVID-19: GOVERNANCE: Directors’ Duties in a COVID-19 World (UK)

With a global pandemic causing unprecedented uncertainty for businesses, it has never been more difficult for the directors of UK companies fully to discharge their duties – and the risks when they do not do so have never been higher. Government schemes which seek to protect UK businesses may add...
15 May 2020

COVID-19: 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 7 May 2020. Changes and announcements are made regularly and updates should be monitored on an ongoing basis.