Virtual Series

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  • Insolvency & Restructuring:

    Insolvency and restructuring legislation changed radically in all jurisdictions in the wake of COVID-19. While governments have tried to delay the number of insolvencies in the short term, most experts agree that distressed businesses will start to fail significantly later this year and into 2021. For insolvency practitioners and lawyers alike, the pandemic has posed…

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  • Technology & Disputes:

    For the legal sector, COVID-19 has been a huge catalyst for change globally. Overnight, almost all legal advisors decamped en masse from their expensive mid-town and city offices to their homes to work. Personal meetings suddenly disappeared to be replaced by virtual meetings on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. As the UK went into Lockdown only…

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  • Shock Of The New:

    Whenever the gig economy comes up in conversation, app-based technology companies such as Uber usually get a mention as the emerging business models for ‘gig’ workers. And while these new ‘gig’ business models are changing the way people work, many jurisdictions are resisting the changes taking place. Back in the pre-COVID-19 days of 2019, two…

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  • International Contracts:

    The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those once-ina- lifetime events that few people predict but which affects everyone – individuals, businesses and governments. During the past four months the pandemic has caused huge disruption to companies across the globe as many have suddenly found it impossible to fulfil their contractual obligations. From retail and the…

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  • Force Majeure:

    Sometimes events can be so unprecedented that even the canniest business people fail to comprehend what’s happening until it’s too late. The COVID-19 “coronavirus” crisis is one such event. Businesses across the world have been plunged into shock dealing with the fall out of lockdowns, plummeting revenues and sales, unpaid bills and new ways of…

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  • Weathering The Crisis:

    Real Estate across the globe has taken a huge hit by the Corvid-19 crisis as businesses and retailers close indefinitely, while customers are locked in their homes. In the US and UK, the ‘brick-and-mortar’ retail sector has been in a sensitive state for some time as people have been deserting the high street and opting…

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  • COVID-19:

    The coronavirus pandemic has caused governments across the world to take measures that impact the movement of people rarely, if ever, seen in peacetime before. Understandably, this has adversely affected businesses and created a host of employment law issues in every country. When the first case of coronavirus – or Covid-19 – was reported in…

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  • Fairness & Impartiality:

    Global commerce is by its nature a complex beast and it is inevitable that sometimes disputes arise between companies doing business across the world. As more international deals are signed off – often in greater degrees of complexity than will have been done in the past – it has also led to a rise in…

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  • Trade Wars

    Protectionism is nothing new. Governments and companies have been engaging in it for time immemorial in order to support their own interests. What is new, is the global scale of its most recent manifestation. The rise of protectionism across the western world, caused by an erosion of living standards, has sparked a trade war which…

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  • Understanding the Taxation IP

    IP lawyers will focus on managing the validity and enforceability of IP in order to optimise its value. This is a process that must be prioritised, but equally important is efficient tax structuring, to ensure that the revenue generated by IP is isolated and appropriately taxed by the specific regime under which it is governed.…

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  • The Retail Apocalypse

    Our Virtual Series publications bring together a number of the network’s members to discuss a different practice area-related topic. The participants share their expertise and offer a unique perspective from the jurisdiction they operate in. This initiative highlights the emphasis we place on collaboration within the IR Global community and the need for effective knowledge…

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  • Redistributing Share Capital

    According to the World Bank, there are more than 160 million privately-owned small and medium- sized enterprises in the world employing more than 500 million people. Many of these businesses are family-owned, with tightly held shareholdings. They are very often well-established companies where control has been maintained by a small of group of individuals since…

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