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FCA to launch market study to assess competition in investment banking and corporate services download
On 19 February 2015, the FCA published its initial findings into potential competition concerns.
Litigation privilege: what is it and how can you protect it? – a checklist for directors and managers download
Claiming privilege over a document is a valuable right for a potential litigant, however litigation privilege can be lost or not even arise at all.
The Financial Conduct Authority has fined Reckitt Benckiser Group plc £539,800 for a number of breaches of the listing rules and the disclosure rules and transparency rules.
This edition of Foresight outlines legislative and regulatory changes relating to company law expected to come into effect in 2015. With a little Foresight, Walker Morris can help you plan ahead.
In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced the Government’s intention to stop the practice of using schemes of arrangement involving a reduction of capital to effect a takeover of a public company.
The use of ‘cash shells’ with a quotation on the London Stock Exchange is a tried and tested way of generating the cash to fund an acquisition trail.
The Government has been consulting on draft regulations containing a new reporting requirement on payment practices and policies.
New rules on corporate directors download
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill is currently working its way through Parliament and is likely to become law in the Spring.
Case update: a chattel or a fixture? download
The degree and object of annexation were the key principles for the High Court to consider in the recent case of Lictor Anstalt v Mir Steel UK Ltd and Libala Ltd.
Stamp duty on takeovers download
We have seen an increasing number of public company takeovers structured as schemes of arrangement.
The Financial Reporting Council has published changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code.
The guidelines are directed at premium-listed Main Market companies — although AIM companies are encouraged to adhere to the guidelines as best practice.
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will introduce changes to a company’s filing requirements.
In Shafi v Rutherford, the Court of Appeal considered the completion accounts clause in a share purchase agreement, by which the final consideration was to be determined.
The Company Names Tribunal was set up to adjudicate disputes arising under section 69(1) of the Companies Act 2006.
New rules on corporate transparency download
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will introduce new requirements regarding corporate transparency.
It is not clear when the Cabinet Office envisages that the new regulations will become law, but the fact that they are dated 2015 suggests it will be sooner rather than later.
On 29 May 2014, the Pension Protection Fund published ‘Consultation on the second PPF Levy Triennium — 2015–16 to 2017–18’.
The government is seeking views on implementing enhanced powers to ensure the continuity of the supply of essential services to insolvent businesses and individuals.
Consumer Contracts Regulations download
The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 came into force on 13 June 2014.