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Polish law considerations: advance amount versus earnest money

This article is to discuss legal issues that may arise under Polish civil law in connection with the conclusion of a preliminary sale agreement and payment by the purchaser prior to execution of the final sale agreement of the amount which may be classified, depending on the parties’ decision, either as an earnest money (in […]

Poland reforms law to facilitate business activity

As of 30 April 2018, a package of five legal acts adopted on 6 March 2018 aimed at facilitating business activity entered into force in Poland. The legal acts are: Entrepreneurs Law Act;  Act on Ombudsman for Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs; Act on the rules for participation of foreign entrepreneurs and other foreign persons in […]

HMRC loses in specie contribution claim before the FTT

By Patrick Shee Self-Invested Personal Pensions, or SIPPs, have been under HMRC’s microscope for a number of years, but in a recent decision the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) ruled against HMRC, finding that Relief at Source (RAS) for non-cash or in-specie contributions should be given to individuals. In Sippchoice Limited v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 12 the […]

The Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines and their effect on business

By Adrian Mansbridge New Definitive Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences came into force on 1 February 2016; since then, there has been a significant increase in fines. What is clear from our analysis is that efforts by government to deregulate and reduce the burden of health and safety compliance have, from a financial […]

Mozambique: New regulations on compulsory social security

By Sonia Reis and Neylla Gulamhussen Decree no. 51/2017 of 9 October was approved as a result of the new challenges of Compulsory Social Security and seeks to adapt it to the current social situation. To achieve this, the Decree approves the Compulsory Social Security Regulations and came into force on 8 January 2018. The new […]

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Herbert Smith advises Kruidvat on selloff of Superdrug

Herbert Smith is acting for Dutch retail giant Kruidvat on the £800m sale of its retail and beauty business, including the 700-store Superdrug business, to Hutchison Whampoa. The deal has yet to complete.As part of its rollout, Hutchison, which is launching a 3G mobile phone service in October, is expected to distribute the new phones […]

KPMG capture adds to McDermott's Valley hike

McDermott Will & Emery has expanded its new Silicon Valley tax practice. Michael Gosk joins the partnership from KPMG, where he was an international corporate tax partner. The hire follows the arrival of an international tax team from Fenwick & West, which joined McDermott to launch its Silicon Valley tax practice in March 2002.

Ex-Berwin Leighton lawyer takes ISIS top spot

Former Berwin Leighton (now Berwin Leighton Paisner) planning lawyer Mark Ryder (left) has been appointed as chief executive of British Waterways’ new property public-private partnership with Amec and the Igloo Regeneration Fund. The new joint venture, named ISIS Waterside Regeneration, aims to unlock the potential of canal and riverside land across the UK. Ryder, formerly […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – SONERA/YAHOO!

Davis Polk picks up Yahoo! instruction in Sonera deal Davis Polk & Wardwell has picked up its first instruction from US technology giant Yahoo! Inc, advising on the acquisition of a 15 per cent stake in Sonera zed, the wireless internet portal of Finnish telecommunications company Sonera Corporation.Sonera will transfer the 15 per cent stake […]

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