17 Jul 2020

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With our strong presence in Asia, Stephenson Harwood has been involved in addressing the issues surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) right from the very start. Our presence in many of the highly affected regions has enabled our team to be at the forefront of understanding the challenges faced by our clients who have a presence or have business dealings in these regions.

Drawing upon our strong sector experience on banking and finance, government and public sector, and international trade and shipping, we are working closely with our clients as they develop and execute plans to address the many challenging scenarios before them. Our lawyers are assisting clients with issues involving labour and employment, corporate compliance and contracts, the disruptions to supply chain, disputes, regulation, restructuring and insolvency and many other areas of law affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Contracts and disputes
Corporate governance
Data protection
Employment
International trade and commerce
Financings, restructurings and insolvency Pensions Real estate

 

 

 

Contracts and disputes

France

07/04/20 Covid-19 - Ordonnance n°2020-306 du 25 mars 2020 : Quid de la paralysie des clauses pénale et d’exigibilité anticipée dans les contrats de crédit ?

01/04/20 La force majeure : un remède contre le COVID-19 ?

31/03/20 COVID-19 and Force Majeure

Greater China

08/04/20 Stephenson Harwood COVID-19 insights: Corporate updates

19/03/20 The Shipping Brief podcast on COVID-19

03/03/20 Shipping news webcast - legal issues arising from Covid-19 webinar

30/01/20 Novel Coronavirus, shipping and international trade

UAE

06/05/20 COVID-19: ‘Top tips’ for effective contract management

14/04/20 Key measures taken by arbitral institutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

01/04/20 Key measures taken by the UAE Courts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

23/03/20 COVID-19: Legal and contractual implications

UK

23/06/20 HMRC and the Covid-19 furlough scheme: New civil enforcement powers emerge, but prosecutions remain in prospect

06/05/20 COVID-19: ‘Top tips’ for effective contract management

01/04/20 Reliance on force majeure in oil and gas contracts

01/04/20 COVID-19: Force majeure in the rail industry

30/03/20 Signing documents during the COVID-19 pandemic

26/03/20 Contracts and COVID-19: 10 Top tips

23/03/20 Navigating the challenges posed by the Coronavirus

Corporate governance

France

27/03/20 Résumé des mesures d’urgence adoptées par le Parlement le 22 mars 2020

Greater China

16/04/20 Going concerns - Surviving the lockdown

25/02/20 Managing the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak – a brief guide for SFC-licensed businesses

18/02/20 从新型冠状病毒爆发而引致的旅游限制看上市发行人的财务披露

10/02/20 Listed issuers’ financial disclosures in light of travel restrictions arising from coronavirus outbreak

19/03/20 The Shipping Brief podcast on COVID-19

UAE

21/05/20 Preventive composition procedure: A valuable tool in a time of economic crisis

20/04.20 Key considerations for M&A transactions in the Middle East following COVID-19 outbreak

UK

13/07/20 COVID-19 considerations for life sciences M&A

29/06/20 M&A recovering from COVID

02/04/20 Company decision-making during the COVID-19 crisis

27/03/20 COVID-19: Reporting and disclosure consequences for listed companies

26/03/20 COVID-19 has put the spotlight on how directors should be balancing stakeholders’ interests in promoting the success of their company

21/03/20 Coronavirus – Financial support for businesses

01/04/20 Reliance on force majeure in oil and gas contracts

Data protection

UK

13/07/20 Data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know

Employment

Greater China

09/06/20 International redundancies

17/04/20 COVID-19 – Next steps for employers

27/02/20 Employment law podcast: An employer's guide to Coronavirus - what steps should employers be taking?

UAE

09/06/20 International redundancies

24/04/20 DIFC Directive: Emergency employment measures announced in response to COVID-19

01/04/20 COVID-19: Latest employment and pensions measures deployed by UAE Government

20/03/20 COVID-19: Navigating the new world of working remotely, self-isolation and sick pay

UK

30/07/20 COVID-19 update: Looking beyond lockdown

17/07/20 COVID-19 update: Contractual notice periods are covered by the furlough scheme

10/07/20 Furlough bonus and kickstart schemes – what do the government’s latest measures mean for employers?

01/07/20 Enterprise Management Incentives share options: EMI option holders on furlough, unpaid leave or reduced hours due to COVID-19 will not lose tax relief

23/06/20 Return to work podcast: GDPR and data protection concerns and queries

17/06/20 Latest updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

15/06/20 Furlough fraud: Key points for employers

09/06/20 International redundancies

08/06/20 Reminder: First time furloughing required by 10 June 2020

02/06/20 Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

26/05/20 Employers can compel employees to take annual leave during furlough

20/05/20 Salary and bonus waivers: tax pitfalls and practical issues for the unwary

18/05/20 Employment law podcast: Managing mental health in the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic

18/05/20 How to practise safe working in labs and research facilities

12/05/20 Looking ahead: Return to work checklist

01/05//20 Employment law podcast: Furlough leave – what happens next?

28/04/20 New Regulations governing Statutory Maternity Pay and other statutory parental payments for furloughed employees

21/04/20 Some clarity on holiday pay and Statutory Sick Pay and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) goes live

17/04/20 The Chancellor issues Treasury Direction and updates on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

08/04/20 COVID-19 – A taste of the tricky issues facing employers

07/04/20 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – 4 April 2020 updates

31/03/20 Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

30/03/20 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and other Covid-19 developments

24/03/20 Employers do not have to report gender pay gaps as they deal with COVID-19 crisis

23/03/20 COVID-19: What should employers be doing to help protect employees’ mental health when working from home?

13/03/20 Statutory Sick Pay now applies for employees who self-isolate from coronavirus

12/03/20 Covid-19: Helping employers to navigate next steps

27/02/20 Employment law podcast: An employer's guide to Coronavirus - what steps should employers be taking?

25/02/20 Novel Coronovirus webcast: International trade and the employment concerns

Singapore

09/06/20 International redundancies

19/02/20 COVID-19: Employers’ duty to keep the workplace safe

International trade and commerce

Greater China

29/04/20 COVID-19: its impact on letters of credit

07/04/20 SFC provides regulatory relief for SFC-licensed businesses affected by COVID-19

11/03/20 Global Trade Review: Spread of coronavirus: impact on trade activity, shipping and finance lines
Andrew Rigden Green, a partner at law firm Stephenson Harwood, has heard “complaints from shipping clients that are holding cargoes that are ‘stuck all over the world’”.

06/03/20 Recent disruptions in global supply chain by COVID-19

25/02/20 Novel Coronovirus webcast: International trade and the employment concerns

12/02/20 Global Trade Review: HSBC moves to protect customers as coronavirus threatens to disrupt trade finance
Logistical, supply chain issues such as these are already leading to legal complications in trade, Andrew Rigden Green, a partner at law firm Stephenson Harwood, tells GTR: “One area that I’ve been advising on has been where underlying sale contracts have been suspended or terminated by reason of a force majeure call by one of the parties.”

07/02/20 The Lloyd’s List podcast: Shipping infected by coronavirus
Andrew Rigden Green was invited by the Lloyd’s List to discuss how significant the impact of the coronavirus outbreak to shipping, together with BIMCO’s chief analyst Peter Sand and China editor Cichen Shen.

05/02/20 Seatrade Maritime News: Can a shipowner refuse to call a port due to the coronavirus?
Fellow lawyers Stephenson Harwood noted many charter parties contain warranties, either express or implied, given by charterers that vessels are ordered to ports that are safe. “If a particular port is not safe, then owners may be able to refuse to comply with the charterers’ order,” the law firm said.

30/01/20 Novel Coronavirus, shipping and international trade

UK

07/05/20 Antitrust: Impact of COVID-19 on life sciences

16/04/20 The impact of COVID-19 on merger control

08/04/20 The European Commission's Temporary Framework for State aid - impact on certain industries

14/02/20 Capital Link webinar series: Coronavirus and its effect on shipping and trading
Dora Mace-Kokota, shipping partner in our London office, was invited by Capital Link as a speaker during the webinar. The webinar discussed how coronavirus affected shipping and trading.

Financings, restructuring and insolvency

France

20/03/20 COVID-19 - La garantie de €300 milliards pour garantir les nouveaux financements aux entreprises

UK

07/07/20 Finance litigation: 10 legal risks

06/07/20 Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

27/05/20 Offshore lockdown! – what does the pandemic mean for the UK’s overseas territories podcast

21/05/20 Bond restructuring and liability management in the current climate: an issuer and trustee perspective podcast

29/04/20 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: a Q&A podcast

28/04/20 Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme : a Q&A podcast

21/04/20 Financing through COVID-19 podcast:  The Bank of England Covid Corporate Financing Facility: how does it work and how well is it working?

20/04/20 The Future Fund: summary of key terms

09/04/20 COVID-19 and the “new normal” for company reporting

Pensions

UAE

01/04/20 COVID-19: Latest employment and pensions measures deployed by UAE Government

UK

06/05/20 Pensions snapshot - May 2020

30/03/20 Important TPR update for Trustees including the flexibility to reduce or suspend deficit repair contributions (DRCs) for three months

26/03/20 Managing the COVID-19 risks: Guidance from the Pensions Regulator and actions for pension scheme trustees

Real estate

France

23/04/20 État d’urgence sanitaire et impayés de loyers :  impact des ordonnances relatives à la prorogation des délais sur les pénalités de retard et la clause résolutoire

Greater China

27/03/20 Stephenson Harwood COVID-19 insights: commercial leasing in Hong Kong

UK

19/06/20 Further restrictions on pursuing rent arrears

13/05/20 Reopening of premises: key points for landlords

23/04/20 Fresh restrictions on pursuing rent arrears

24/03/20 Moratorium on forfeiture

20/03/20 Forced and voluntary closure of premises: key points for landlords

10/03/20 COVID-19 – Answers to 4 key landlord questions

Useful resources

WHO COVID-19 resource centre

HKSAR

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

Central government anti-virus service section

National Health Commission anti-virus news center

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