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COVID-19: The new normal?

Legal and commercial implications

COVID-19 is progressing at different intensities in different parts of the world. However, in a number of markets we are now starting to win the battle against the virus and businesses are planning their return to normal.

But what will the ‘new normal’ look like? No one knows. 

The emergence from the pandemic will take different routes in various countries and regions. Business sectors will be opening up in different ways and at differing speeds.

On this Insight page, you will find perspectives on the legal and commercial issues affecting businesses across the globe during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic as well as the post-pandemic period, the 'new normal'.

Please contact any of the partners listed on these pages for more information about the support CMS can provide. Our local CMS offices have also created specialised Insight pages about COVID-19 in their respective jurisdictions

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CMS Expert Guide to COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures
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CMS Expert Guide to Government Support for Employers and Workers
CMS Expert Guide for Directors of Companies
CMS Expert Guide to COVID-19 Corporate Crime & Regulatory Issues


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