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Key developments reflected in this week’s update include extension of state-wide orders and/or the duration of the current phase of their reopening plans for Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and South Carolina. While California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington eased restrictions and/or advanced to the next phase of their reopening plan.

Consumer and employee activism and political pressure at both the global and national levels were combining to force ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues to the top of the board’s and management’s agenda. Having a clear corporate purpose was becoming essential. On 15 April 2021, partners from across Baker McKenzie recrded a webinar on ESG and Litigation Risks, as part of the Demystifying ESG Webinar Series.

The 2021 edition of Duties and Liabilities of Directors of Australian Companies from Baker McKenzie is a timely guide for directors of Australian companies, setting out pivotal issues for directors to consider in the current evolving corporate governance environment. Matters covered in the guide include common law and statutory duties, delegation, financial reporting, continuous disclosure, financial assistance, directors’ insurance and indemnities and other topical issues including climate change, whistleblower protections and anti-bribery and corruption.

On 19 April 2021, the UK Government announced that the UK and Serbia signed a Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement to ensure £682m trade can continue and grow between the two countries. The announcement said: The Agreement secures continued preferential trade access between the UK and Serbia with significant savings for business…

The UK Supreme Court has confirmed that Asda retail employees (who are nearly all women) can continue their claim for equal pay as compared to Asda’s distribution centre employees (who are nearly all men). The fact that they worked exclusively at different sites did not prevent the comparison. The decision removes one potential hurdle for claimants in equal pay litigation.

The Pacific Alliance comprised by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru seeks to attract private capital for the infrastructure sector, under the modality of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s). They adopted the guiding principles of PPPs, which will help member countries to promote predictability, transparency, competition and integrity. Our Baker McKenzie partners on…

Sustainable Finance as a trend and financing option has grown exponentially and shows no signs of slowing down. In this series of short podcasts, our ESG Debt & Equity experts discuss key tips and things you should you when considering raising sustainable finance, including the ever-evolving legal and regulatory requirements…