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COVID-19 Insights Centre

DATE: 21.07.2020

Find out more on COVID-19 updates from your Matheson contacts here.


COVID-19: What’s New for Companies

17 July 2020

Matheson’s International Business Group has been helping companies navigate through the many unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic over the last few months. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to provide insight and guidance on the Irish corporate side in respect of the common themes that have been emerging since the crisis broke: from convening virtual board meetings to navigating the practical day-to-day requests that arise for companies operating in multiple jurisdictions.  Read more.

COVID-19 Implications for Investment Funds and Fund Management Companies

2 June 2020

Matheson’s Asset Management and Investment Funds Department recently hosted an interactive webinar discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the operation of investment funds and fund management companies (“FMCs”).  Our panel of experts examined the emerging COVID-19 related issues and the EU and domestic regulatory response.  Our detailed briefing note sets out the key challenges and important considerations for FMCs and investment funds as they navigate their way through the current crisis.

Regulators Focus on Consumer Law Enforcement in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Helen Kelly and Kate McKenna provide an overview on businesses facing unprecedented pressure in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, consumer law regulators have acted swiftly to remind businesses that consumer laws continue to apply, (ii) enhance consumer protections, (iii) investigate suspected breaches, and (iv) review the ability of providers of the day-to-day services we rely on to ensure service continuity during the crisis. Read more.

COVID-19: A Practical Guide For Employers

8 April 2020

Deirdre Crowley, partner and Denise Moran, associate, consider the latest and most restrictive measures imposed by the Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what such measures mean for employers in Ireland. Read more.

COVID-19 - What are Corona Bonds?

6 April 2020

“Corona Bonds” are proposed debt securities issued by an EU institution in lieu of individual EU Member States issuing debt securities. Find out more from our partner Richard Kelly on how the EU Member States are seeking solutions to fund the crisis. Read more.

CCPC’s expected enforcement approach in light of the ECN JointStatement on the Application of Competition Law during Covid-19

2 April 2020

This note provides insight on the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (“CCPC”) that published the Joint statement by the European Competition Network (“ECN”) on the application of competition law during the Corona crisis (ECN Joint Statement) on its website. Find out more on this topic from partners Helen Kelly and Kate McKenna and senior associate, Calum Warren. Read more.

COVID-19 and the Banking Sector 

30 March 2020

The five main retail banks have already announced a facility to apply for a “payment break” for business and retail customers affected by COVID-19. Find our more from our Matheson team on some matters for borrowers and lenders and how to examine their existing arrangements. Read more.

COVID-19: Tips for Employers and Pension Scheme Trustees

30 March 2020

In response to the ongoing and developing COVID-19 pandemic, this article, by Head of Pensions, Deirdre Cummins, and senior associate, Jane McKeever, highlights the main legal issues pension scheme trustees and employers should now be considering. Read more.

Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR)

30 March 2020

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has very recently issued two public statements to ensure coordinated supervisory actions on the application of SFTR. Here is a discussion from Richard Kelly and Christian Donagh on SFTR as it may apply to your business. Read more.

COVID-19 - Answers to Key Questions: Managing Contract Performance Issues

26 March 2020

We focus on a number of important contractual considerations, concentrating on key contracts, supply chain management issues, and revenue sources. In this update partners Deirdre Kilroy, Anne-Marie Bohan and Chris Bollard provide answers to a variety of questions their Group are addressing at the moment. Read more.

COVID-19 - Contingency Planning for AGMs

26 March 2020

In this note partners Susanne McMenamin and David Fitzgibbon look at the CSA and the FRC that have recently issued a guidance note on AGMs and the impact of COVID-19. Matheson has had discussions with several Irish issuers on contingency planning, this not summarises our advice. Read more.

COVID-19 - Emergency Legislation

26 March 2020

The opening words of emergency legislation signed into law by the President of Ireland on 20 March set the tone for sweeping new powers given to the State in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more from partner, Pat English, and professional support lawyer, Dorothy Hargaden.  Read more.

COVID-19 - Use of Electronic Signatures

26 March 2020

As a general proposition and as a matter of Irish law, an electronic signature can be used in any case where a “wet ink” signature is permitted or required.  In practice, the enforceability of electronic signatures depends on the ability to connect the signature that was made with the signatory.  Therefore, an e-signature will operate to bind the parties in the usual way.  However, there are some caveats to this which need to be borne in mind when implementing an e-signature solution. In this update partners Deirdre Kilroy, Anne-Marie Bohan and Chris Bollard discuss the above and more. Read more.

COVID-19 Data Protection and Cyber Security Issues to Consider

26 March 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a host of new data protection and cyber security risks. In this update partners Deirdre Kilroy, Anne-Marie Bohan and Chris Bollard explore the most topical cyber and data protection issues for organisations to consider. Read more.

COVID-19 How Boards Can Still Meet Together While Keeping Apart

26 March 2020

In this note partner, Pat English, and professional support lawyer, Ursula McMahon, visit the guidance in light of the new challenges faced by directors during this pandemic crisis and focus in particular on how they can effectively deal with decision making when face to face meetings are not possible. Read more.

COVID-19 - Issues to Consider in M&A Transactions

26 March 2020

In this note partner, Madeline McDonnell, and senior associate, Michelle Huges, provide insight into issues to consider in M&A transactions. Read more.

Irish Competition Authority (CCPC) Announces Temporary Changes to Merger Notification Process Due to COVID-19

26 March 2020

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission temporary measures to assist it in complying with binding statutory deadlines and to ensure business continuity in the review of notified mergers and notifications. Find out more in the latest update from partners, Helen Kelly and Kate McKenna, and senior associate, Ronan Scanlan. Read more.

COVID-19 from the Perspective of a Regulated Financial Service Provider

20 March 2020

COVID-19 from the Perspective of a Regulated Financial Service Provider. Read more.

 

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