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Walker Morris team explores opportunities in new entry-level exception sites and starters homes

By Richard Sagar, Karl Anders, Graham Whiteford, Josh Kitson Introduction This briefing note, prepared by the Walker Morris Planning Environment Team, explores the opportunities presented in the new National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF2“). Specifically, the opportunities to obtain planning permission for new entry-level exception sites consisting of affordable housing for first-time buyers on previously unallocated […]

FCA published near-final rules amending the jurisdiction for SMEs and guarantors

By Paul Gair The FCA yesterday released its policy statement (PS18/21) on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper (CP18/31) detailing proposals for increasing […]

Walker Morris litigation specialists reviews regulator’s proposals for dealing with push payment fraud

By Louise Power, Rachel Elgar Banking & Finance Litigation specialists Louise Power and Rachel Elgar report on the Payment Systems Regulator’s (PSR) recent proposals for dealing with push payment fraud. What is push payment fraud? Payments are described as ‘push payments’ when the payer obtains the payee’s account details and instructs their bank to send (or push) […]

Impact of 2019 budget proposals on Dutch’s buyout sector

The Dutch government published important tax measures in its 2019 budget proposals with a potentially significant impact on the Dutch buyout sector. Some of these measures may result in a higher effective tax burden if appropriate action is not taken…

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TPG turns to Cravath for hire of general counsel

Cravath Swaine & Moore corporate partner Ronald Cami has joined private equity house TPG Capital as general counsel. Cami, who has been with the US firm since 1994 and has been a partner since 2001, is the second Cravath partner to leave for an in-house role this year after Julie Sweet became general counsel at […]

Dewey Frankfurt tax team spins out as standalone practice

Dewey & LeBoeuf has lost two of its biggest hitting German partners with its Frankfurt managing partner leaving to launch a tax boutique. Managing partner Hanno Berger is leaving along with banking partner Kai-Uwe Steck on 31 July, taking an eight-strong team with them. The team includes local partners, associates, tax advisors and support staff. […]

Bakers names Brazil chief as global chair

Baker & McKenzie has elected Brazil managing partner Eduardo Leite as its next global chairman. He will take over from incumbent John Conroy when he stands down after the firm’s annual meeting in Chicago in October. Leite served on the firm’s executive committee form 1999 to 2003 and chaired its policy committee in 2005. He […]

Desperately seeking fusion

There really must be something in the water. Just last week Denton Wilde Sapte chief executive Howard Morris, flush with the excitement of his firm’s impending merger with Chicago’s Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, predicted there would be a clamour of firms looking to follow their example. Today we reveal that Mayer Brown, itself the ­product […]

BLP picks two firms for Thames Water work

Ashfords and Pannone have signed a deal with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) to pick up the referral work from the Thames Water outsourcing deal. The regional firms will handle the full spectrum of mid-market and volume work for Thames Water, which recently sent its legal function to BLP in a contract worth £5m per year. […]

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