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Government insolvency fees proposals will hurt creditors and small firms — R3 download subscription

Gateley 11-Apr-2014

Government plans to change the way insolvency practitioner fees are calculated in some cases will hurt creditors and force smaller insolvency firms out of the market, says R3.

Recognition and assistance for foreign office holders in Bermuda, BVI and Cayman weblink subscription

Conyers Dill & Pearman 9-Apr-2014

The offshore world has seen an increase in insolvency matters raising cross-border issues together with a clear trend of judicial inventiveness.

Royal Decree-Law 4/2014, of 7 March 2014, on urgent matters in relation to refinancing agreements and debt restructuring download subscription

Hogan Lovells 28-Mar-2014

The Spanish Council of Ministers has passed the Royal Decree-Law 4/2014 on urgent matters in relation to refinancing agreements and debt restructuring.

How protective are Ukraine’s international bonds? download subscription

Allen & Overy 25-Mar-2014

This note contains a brief commentary on some of the main legal terms in international debt issues of or guaranteed by Ukraine.

Hungary: will securing syndicated loans be easier in Hungary? download subscription

Schoenherr 12-Mar-2014

From 15 March 2014, Hungarian law will recognise the concept of trust, and the problems with securing syndicated loans under Hungarian law seem to be solved.

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Inheritance tax planning for your home weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

For many people, their home is their most valuable asset and can give rise to a significant inheritance tax liability on their death (or the death of the surviving spouse). 

Foreign property: plan before you buy weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

If you are planning to purchase a foreign property, there are some legal issues you should consider first, including how you will own the property, taxation and inheritance.

‘The marriage trap’ —​ income tax issues and joint ownership weblink subscription

Mills & Reeve 15-Apr-2014

If a married couple (or civil partners) jointly own an asset, then the income from the asset is automatically assessed on them 50:50 for tax purposes.

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Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Regime abolishes capital requirements download subscription

Taylor Wessing 15-Apr-2014

The State Council Decision, together with the Company Law Amendments, have been in effect since 1 March 2014.

Understanding Forex manipulation download subscription

Collyer Bristow 15-Apr-2014

Stephen Critchley and Robert Andrews describe in simple terms: what the alleged manipulation is; who may have suffered from it; and the ongoing investigations into it.

Predatory technology — a viable antitrust concept? download subscription

Bristows 15-Apr-2014

A recent US case could have been designed to tick as many ‘topical’ boxes as possible, ranging over the financial sector, big data and the possibly anti-competitive use of technology.

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In Re C (a Bankrupt) BVIHC 0080/2013: common law recognition of a foreign bankruptcy trustee in the BVI download subscription

Mourant Ozannes 24-Mar-2014

In Re C (a Bankrupt) BVIHC 0080/2013, Mr Justice Bannister QC allowed common law recognition of a foreign bankruptcy trustee for the first time in the BVI.

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Councils given more flexibility to deliver affordable housing weblink subscription

Walker Morris 11-Apr-2014

On 7 April, Eric Pickles and Danny Alexander announced new powers for councils that, they claim, will enable 10,000 new affordable homes to be built.

Sentencing guidance for environmental offences weblink subscription

Walker Morris 10-Apr-2014

The Sentencing Council has published its definitive guideline for the sentencing of environmental offences.

FCA encourages firms to submit AIFMD authorisation applications now weblink subscription

Walker Morris 10-Apr-2014

The FCA has updated its AIFMD Latest News. The regulator is advising firms to submit applications as soon as possible, ideally no later than 22 April 2014.

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The worst of both worlds? High Court gives guidance on commercial agents’ rights on termination download subscription

Penningtons Manches 16-Apr-2014

The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 require that where a principal terminates an agency, in most circumstances it must make a payment to its agent.

Trademark dispute: Lush result… for Lush download subscription

Penningtons Manches 16-Apr-2014

Lush made a conscious decision to prevent its products from being available for sale on the Amazon retail website, as it was critical of Amazon’s business ethics.

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The worst of both worlds? High Court gives guidance on commercial agents’ rights on termination download subscription

Penningtons Manches 16-Apr-2014

The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 require that where a principal terminates an agency, in most circumstances it must make a payment to its agent.

Consumer law — forthcoming developments in 2014 download subscription

Penningtons Manches 16-Apr-2014

This briefing presents three of the key consumer law developments to expect in 2014.

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