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‘Tax Day’ – government continues its campaign to tackle non-compliance

In the UK’s first ever ‘Tax Day’ on 23 March 2021, the government released more than 30 consultation documents relating to the future landscape of the UK tax regime. Whilst these documents scrutinised how taxes should be paid, opportunities for simplification and the potential of digitalisation, it was tackling non-compliance which was firmly in the spotlight once again. Tax & estate planning Partner, James Austen, gives his opinion on the proposed measures.

Fraud in the sub line market – should we be concerned?

In recent weeks, news of the JES Global Capital fraud committed by fund manager Elliot Smerling has come to light. Unfortunately, we live in world where fraud, much like death and taxes, is inevitable.

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Simpson Thacher

Simpson Thacher expands PE ranks with Blackstone hire

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s London office has strengthened its ties to Blackstone, by adding its EMEA general counsel as a partner. Geoffrey Bailhache will join Simpson from Blackstone, where he was its managing director and general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He provided transactional advice for Blackstone’s PE and tactical opportunities business, […]

High Court

Details emerge in Barclays claim from former GC

Today’s high-profile PCP judgment revealed further details about a claim being filed by Barclays’ former general counsel, who is seeking “substantial damages” for breach of contract and duty. According to the judgment in the case of PCP Capital v Barclays, Barclays is facing allegations of breach of contract and duty from former GC Judith Shepherd, […]

Hogan Lovells capital markets partner departs after one year

A London-based capital markets partner at Hogan Lovells is leaving the firm to launch his own legal tech business. Raj Panasar had joined Hogan Lovells in early 2020 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he had spent his whole career. An expert on international financing transactions, he represents multiple issuers, including emerging market and […]

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