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Energy tax matters – Prinsjesdag 2018

The Budget Day Package 2018 contains a separate bill (‘Fiscal greening measures 2019’) with measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The proposal includes, among other things, the following changes in energy tax: Promoting electrification: shifting energy load from natural gas to electricity. The tariff in the first disc for natural gas is increased by EUR 3ct / m2, […]

UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

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Jomati and Altman Weil in transatlantic tie-up

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Simmons & Simmons has closed its first deal for Banco Santander Central Hispano after advising the Spanish bank on its first managed collateralised debt obligation (CDO), and is in line for repeat instructions on the programme. The deal, a managed synthetic CDO, is the first transaction of its type structured by the Spanish bank and […]

CC in financial U-turn as it dumps $150m placement

Magic circle firm rejects borrowing experiment out of hand; balance sheet benefits to tune of millions Clifford Chance has dramatically abandoned its financial strategy of the last three years and redeemed its entire $150m (£79.6m) private placement in order to return to a more conventional borrowing policy. The move, initiated by chief operating officer David […]

Kirkpatrick profits from Testa Hurwitz dissolution

Recently merged Anglo-American firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has taken six partners from the recently dissolved Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault. The Boston office of Kirkpatrick has inherited five intellectual property partners and one labour and employment partner. Boston is Kirkpatrick’s home town and houses about 100 of the firm’s 950 lawyers. The IP partners […]

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