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Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox.

But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.


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City 50: Forget Project Fear, the UK legal pie keeps getting bigger

There are 21 US-headquartered firms in the City 50, our first-ever ranking of law firms by London revenue. That fact alone has caused some jitters among certain sections of the UK market. It shouldn’t. The US firms are taking over? No, no, no: they’re really not. The magic circle accounts for 25 per cent of […]

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New Act on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security

The Hungarian Government recently adopted Act no. LVII of 2018 on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security (the “Act”). Previously we wrote about a similar legislative proposal which aimed at establishing a similar control mechanism. However, the Act has a more sophisticated approach on the control and approval procedure […]

Health and safety at work in Romania: What companies need to know

Failure to take or observe the mandatory measures for health and safety at work may entail, among other types of liability (e.g. civil, administrative), potential criminal liability for employers. The Romanian Criminal Code (the “RCC”) provides for two offences which sanction such failure: i) failure to take the mandatory measures for health and safety at […]

Switzerland: Insolvency law, policy and procedure

By Daniel Hayek and Laura Oegerli Statutory framework and substantive law Swiss restructuring and insolvency proceedings are mainly governed by the Swiss Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law (DEBA), which entered into force in 1892. A number of other laws and ordinances further regulate special aspects of restructuring and insolvency proceedings, such as specific provisions according to […]

Czech Republic: Office for the Protection of Competition gets tougher

In April 2018 the Office for the Protection of Competition adopted new guidelines on the method of setting fines for competition law infringements,(1) noting that the need for a revision of the previous guidelines had emerged in the wake of developing case law, as well as amendments to the Act on the Protection of Competition. The […]

FOS expansion to SMEs – near-final rules published

By Paul Gair The Financial Conduct Authority yesterday released its policy statement on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper detailing proposals for increasing […]

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: issues facing lawyers and clients today

Have there been any major changes or developments in your jurisdiction over the past 12–18 months? How have these impacted your practice? In August 2016, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) issued the Insurance Manager Code of Conduct requiring insurance managers to follow a set of procedures when carrying out their functions. In September 2017, the […]

Robert Tchenguiz abandons claims against Grant Thornton

On day 4 of the trial, Robert Tchenguiz and the other Claimants have abandoned all claims against Grant Thornton in t long-running litigation which the Claimants commenced in August 2015. In the claims, which have been widely reported in the press, Mr Tchenguiz and associated Claimant companies allege that two Grant Thornton partners had conspired […]

Q&A – Luxembourg Securities Law joins the blockchain age

What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to embrace and […]

Serbia introduces new corporate tax measures

Serbia signed a Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“MLI”). The MLI should prevent the abuse of domestic tax laws and double taxation treaties (“DTT”), and its provisions shall be accordingly incorporated into the current DTT signed by Serbia. Serbia has also signed a double tax […]

Digital protectionism: technological disruption identifies new global players

Key findings: Digital now the new weapon for protectionist policies China leads the way on digitally restrictive laws followed by Russia and India New report highlights fragmented picture governing movement of data, setting a new challenge for business Countries which have historically driven protectionist policies through tariff and other trade barriers are now extending their […]

Setting up an office in Bermuda

Now that you have incorporated in Bermuda or established your Bermuda trust, the next step is to set up an office on the island. There are many factors to take into account, including: Employment considerations (immigration, contracts) Employer responsibilities (payroll tax, social, insurance, pensions, health insurance) Premises and residential accommodation Moving family and household Employment […]

Walker Morris team explores opportunities in new entry-level exception sites and starters homes

By Richard Sagar, Karl Anders, Graham Whiteford, Josh Kitson Introduction This briefing note, prepared by the Walker Morris Planning Environment Team, explores the opportunities presented in the new National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF2“). Specifically, the opportunities to obtain planning permission for new entry-level exception sites consisting of affordable housing for first-time buyers on previously unallocated […]

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