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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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Policing internet harassment is easier said than done

Should bloggers be civil in cyberspace? That is the debate raging after American internet and blog pioneer Tim O’Reilly proposed codes of conduct for bloggers and blogsites. He was prompted to do so by the experience of a journalist and friend, Kathy Sierra, who became the focus of vitriolic and even threatening comments on various […]

Mark Warham: Takeover Panel

Speed is of the essence in M&A, says Takeover Panel director-general Mark Warham. And given the panel’s recent rulings, he is not averse to using a firm hand Corporate lawyers have had their most frenetic 12 months in years and the acquisition frenzy is showing no signs of letting up. It is in the calm […]

Private equity: Union hijack

With trade unions trying to sully the image of private equity, the global industry needs to pull together. By Kathryn Brown It has been suggested that CVC Capital Partners’ failed bid for J Sainsbury earlier this month was in part caused by CVC’s fear of adverse publicity following the public relations campaign against the private […]

Lords join A-listers’ catty, snappy wars

After a seven-year fight, OK! magazine has beaten rival Hello! in the legal equivalent of a sudden-death penalty shootout. See story. And the bitter atmosphere surrounding the Douglases’ wedding photo fight has even spread to the normally placid Lords, with Lord Hoffmann and Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe at loggerheads. Walker worded his dissent carefully and […]

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