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EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Asia deals roundup: China M&A and corporate finance deals

Sullivan & Cromwell has taken the lead counsel role in Chinese asset manager Cinda’s $1.6bn equity sale to four foreign investors, while Paul Weiss and Clifford Chance have assisted in Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia’s $300m investment in Tianhe Chemicals Group. China Cinda Asset Management, created by the Chinese government in 1999 to handle non-performing […]

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International firms are fighting to make friends with China’s red circle elite in the hope of cracking Hong Kong’s lucrative IPO market Over the past year, the Hong Kong IPO market has become a honey pot for a growing number of international firms, with a significant number of US outfits in particular launching multimillion-dollar expansion […]

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Ex Hogan Lovells partner Grierson admits £1.27m expenses fraud

Former Hogan Lovells partner Chris Grierson pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud totalling £1.27m at a plea hearing at Southwark Crown Court this morning. Grierson showed little emotion as he answered charges that he had falsely claimed £1.27m over the course of four years while practising as a top-ranked litigation partner at Hogan Lovells. Judge […]

Outer Temple takes on Doughty Street silk

Doughty Street Chambers’ Christopher Gibson QC has defected to rival set Outer Temple Chambers. Gibson, who specialises in medical law and professional negligence, is the second silk to quit Doughty Street in a week, with Richard Hermer QC leaving the join Matrix (14 March 2012). Gibson has experience in cases involving children’s birth injuries, psychiatric […]

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