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Tax ruling by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe franchising did not involve illegal state aid- European Commission

On 19 September 2018, the European Commission concluded that a tax ruling granted by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe Franchising did not constitute illegal State aid. The Commission acknowledged that Luxembourg had correctly applied the Luxembourg-United States tax treaty. While this decision concerns an individual case, it suggests that State aid rules are not an appropriate […]

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 […]

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Kirkland builds Bain relationship with work on Samsonite buyout

The $1.7bn (£844.14m) secondary buyout of luggage company Samsonite by CVC Capital Partners has strengthened Kirkland & Ellis‘s ties with key private equity client Bain Capital. Kirkland advised Bain as one of the major shareholders in the luggage company, with Los Angeles private equity house Ares Management and Teachers’ Merchant Bank, the investment arm of […]

Mecom continues growth with hire of London GC

Respected former Pearson and 3 general counsel Paul Vickers has re-emerged at burgeoning publishing company Mecom. Vickers joined Mecom last week (2 July) as general counsel and company secretary with a remit to build a legal and company secretarial function. Since its AIM listing in March 2005 Mecom has transformed from a cash shell to […]

MBRM advises atkins on LSH disposal

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has advised consultancy group WS Atkins on the disposal of its UK-based property agency business Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to De Facto 1498. The purchaser is a company backed by LSH Management and Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance (BoSIF). MBRM corporate partner Richard Page led the team with assistants […]

Ince bolsters real estate and aviation

Ince & Co has boosted its real estate and aviation practices with the hire of Thomas Cooper partner Tim Scorer and associate Trevor Garrood from Simmons & Simmons. Scorer joins the aviation practice as a consultant. He will specialise in aviation claims and insurance disputes and is looking to expand Ince’s aviation group. Garrood joins […]

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