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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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Swedish govt sell-off goes way of Ashurst

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Another Freshfields partner departs

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost a litigation partner in Frankfurt after Gunhild Schäfer was appointed a lawyer at the highest German civil law court. The German secretary of justice, the Bundesjustizministerium, has admitted Schäfer to the small group of lawyers allowed to represent clients at the top level, called the Bundesgerichtshof. The group currently numbers […]

Singapore tie-up boosts AAR Asia nexus

Slaughter and May‘s Australian best friend Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) is to expand into the Singapore market after brokering a joint venture deal with local firm TSMP Law Corporation. Announced last week (24 April), the joint entity will operate under the name Allens Arthur Robinson TSMP from 1 June. The combined office will boast around […]

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