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A new Luxembourg act on the immobilisation of bearer shares and units was published in the Luxembourg Official Gazette on 14 August 2014.
With a flurry of reading material and a hailstorm of new acronyms, the draft Taxation of Pensions Bill has been published for consultation.
The government has published its response to the ‘Freedom and choice in pensions’ consultation. Individuals aged 55 or over will be able to access their entire DC pension flexibly.
Allen & Overy has advised Imperial Tobacco on its acquisition of the US Winston, Kool, Salem and Maverick tobacco cigarette brands and the US/UK blu e-cigarette brand.
The recovery in global M&A markets is developing a broader base, according to Allen & Overy’s latest M&A Index.
The high number of companies eyeing acquisitions or ventures that will allow them to redomicile their business in the UK and Ireland is a major theme of this report.
Allen & Overy has acted for the lenders on a $1.3bn prepayment facility in favour of Glencore Energy UK for advance payments for crude oil purchases from SHT.
HMRC’s policy on reclaiming VAT on investment management and other costs remains under review in the light of two recent decisions from the CJEU.
The UK’s Upper Tribunal has upheld the First-tier Tribunal’s decision in Greene King.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has decided that the UK’s legal claim in relation to the financial transaction tax was admissible, but premature.
Allen & Overy has promoted 26 lawyers to counsel and PSL counsel.
Allen & Overy has advised Vivendi on the sale of SFR. Vivendi’s supervisory board decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with Altice for a period of three weeks.
Asset managers continue to face significant regulatory challenges and 2014 marks the first full year of operation for many new regulations.
Allen & Overy has advised Old Mutual on the sale of Skandia Germany and Skandia Austria, part of Old Mutual Wealth, to a Cinven and Hannover Re acquisition vehicle.
Allen & Overy has advised the Flemish Region and PMV/Via-Invest Vlaanderen NV on the development of the A11 highway in Belgium.
Allen & Overy has advised Link Market Services in connection with the acquisition of Registrar Services, based in Frankfurt, from Deutsche Bank.
The draft Finance Bill 2014 proposes a number of changes to the approval process for employee share schemes.
Allen & Overy has advised Tank & Rast Group on the successful placement of €460m senior second-lien high-yield bonds and on the placement of a €240m PIK facility.
Allen & Overy tax partner Lydia Challen has written an article for British Tax Review as part of its analysis of the Finance Act 2013 provisions.
Sylvia Kierszenbaum and Willem Van de Wiele have authored an article in The International Capital Markets Review.