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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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White & Case overhauls associate appraisals

White & Case‘s London office is reviewing its associates’ appraisals system in a bid to reduce attrition and improve career development. The London executive committee has instructed external consultants on the review in a bid to “to simplify and add value” to the firm’s annual appraisals process for both associates and support staff. A spokesman […]

Simmons shepherds Barclays through £5bn CLO transaction

Simmons & Simmons has advised Barclays Bank on the largest collaterised loan obligation (CLO) to be fully placed on the bond market. The £5bn transaction, known as Gracechurch Corporate Loans Series 2005-1, is structured as a fully funded synthetic securitisation of £5bn of loans from Barclays’ loan portfolio. The structure references 775 loans and was […]

Christopher Arnull: KPMG (UK)

KPMG’s associate general counsel is delighted with the new limit on auditors’ liability, but with criminal sanctions before the Lords he has a lot to keep track of. By Joanne Harris

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