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The Agenda

Issue 1

COVID-19: Government Support for Businesses – Timeline

This timeline shows key COVID-19 Government support expiry or commencement dates for businesses in 2021 and 2022.

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Start-ups and break ups

As the country comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the world starts to return to a form of "normal", many people across a wide range of industries are considering leaving their existing employment and setting up their own businesses.

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Mishcon Academy: Digital Sessions - Delivering a digital revolution powerhouse - Interview with Ron Kalifa

In this session Ron Kalifa OBE discussed with Legal Director Miles Geffin, the high level themes identified in The Kalifa Review of UK FinTech, the Government's response to the Review and the recommendations contained in Mishcon de Reya's report 'A blueprint for an entrepreneurial technology driven economy'.

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Mishcon de Reya advises Payhawk on $20m Series A fundraising

Mishcon de Reya has completed the US$20m Series A fundraising for FinTech start-up Payhawk Limited, an integrated financial platform which unifies company payments and expense management.

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Mishcon de Reya advises EdTech startup Erase All Kittens as part of their $1M seed round led by Twinkl

Mishcon de Reya has advised EdTech start-up Erase All Kittens (EAK) on the strategic investment by Twinkl Educational Publishing. Twinkl led the seed funding round which raised a total of $1m, with participation from first investor Christian Reyntjens of the A Black Square family office, alongside angel investors, including one of the founders of Shazam.

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Powers to intervene in transactions on UK national security grounds: Government firms up details of when transactions could be called in

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 introduces new powers to scrutinise and intervene in investment transactions in the UK. The legislation is part of a global trend towards introducing foreign investment laws which has seen a number of other countries introduce similar protections

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The benefits of a pre-IPO financing round

Clients often ask us if a pre-IPO round is worth it and in this article we consider the risks and rewards of such a strategy.

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ESG – why me?

ESG initiatives may be dominating headlines, but there is still the assumption for many that it is only relevant to larger businesses or those looking for a new marketing initiative. The truth is that there are real benefits to businesses bringing ESG into the heart of all business practices.

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The Better Business Act – a business lobby for change

A coalition of over 500 companies, supported by B Lab UK, have signed a proposal which asks the Government to deliver a new contract between business and society through a proposed 'Better Business Act'. The mission is to change UK law to "make sure every single company in the UK, whether big or small, aligns the interests of their shareholders with those of wider society and the environment".

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Climate-related financial disclosure to become mandatory for quoted and large private companies

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a consultation paper which proposes to implement mandatory financial disclosures by publically quoted companies, large private companies and LLPs.

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Mishcon Academy: Digital Sessions – Corporate Governance in family business - Insights from Sir James Wates CBE

We were honoured this month to host Sir James Wates, CBE at our Mishcon Academy Digital Session on Corporate Governance in family businesses.

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