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Monitoring staff at work and at home

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Contributing authors: Josh Craig and John Nevin

Banking and financial services businesses have for many years monitored the work patterns and behaviours their staff. Since the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent seismic shift in working patterns, we are now seeing an increasing number of employers monitoring their staff in their own homes.

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Kalifa Fintech Review: Others waiting for the UK’s fintech crown to slip

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The long awaited, government-backed review into the UK’s fintech industry has warned that the UK risks falling behind in the global fintech race if its recommendations aren’t swiftly implemented.

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Royds Withy King advises on £38.7m Private Equity deal for Amito Ltd

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Law firm Royds Withy King has advised the shareholders and management team of data centre owner and operator Amito Ltd on its significant minority investment from Harwood Private Equity.

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Enforcing restrictive covenants following an M&A deal

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Restrictive covenants are an essential tool for retaining goodwill and value in any business that you are looking to acquire. This is particularly so where the seller is intrinsically linked to the business or has the skillset to immediately compete with the target business, and could therefore quickly diminish its value.

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Post-Merger Integration: How effective supply chain integration can help maximise the deal value

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Mergers and acquisitions are now accepted as market practice to achieve corporate growth. There is often a lot of fanfare with M&A deals completing.

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M&A and Covid-19: material adverse events

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The recent judgment in Travelport Ltd v Wex Inc [2020] EWHC 2670 (Comm) has provided guidance on how material adverse event clauses in share purchase agreements will be considered in the context of the pandemic.

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GC100 discussion paper: virtual and hybrid general meetings

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During September 2020, the GC100, a forum for general counsel and company secretaries working in FTSE 100 companies, conducted a poll amongst its members seeking their views on hybrid and virtual general meetings and the limitations of the current format for AGMs.

Following this, a discussion paper was published on 28 January 2021 providing a company perspective on these issues.

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What does the Brexit deal mean for UK financial services?

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With the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement now having been signed, what does this mean for the financial services industry, a sector which contributes 7% to the UK economy.

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Royds Withy King advises US based gifting company Designworks Collective on acquisition of Gentlemen’s Hardware brand

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Our Corporate team, led by Partner Katharine Mortimer, has advised Nashville-based Designworks Collective on its purchase of the men’s gifting and lifestyle brand, Gentlemen’s Hardware.

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Corporate Transparency: proposed new Companies House ID requirements

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The government has published its full response to its 2019 consultation on “Corporate Transparency and Register Reform”.

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The impact of unconscious bias in Financial Services M&A transactions

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In any financial services M&A transaction, plenty of consideration is given to the technical aspects of the deal and the regulatory, financial and legal analysis that should be undertaken by buyers as part of the transaction process. But what of the psychological aspects particularly the unconscious influences that impact decision making?

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Incentivising your workforce: EMI schemes

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The question many employers face is how to create a sense of ownership within a workforce. How do you incentivise your workforce and create a culture in which your employees feel as invested in your company as you are? The difficulties are acute when cash flow is as tight as it is for many companies this year and boards are looking particularly carefully at pay rises and bonuses.

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