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Polish law considerations: advance amount versus earnest money

This article is to discuss legal issues that may arise under Polish civil law in connection with the conclusion of a preliminary sale agreement and payment by the purchaser prior to execution of the final sale agreement of the amount which may be classified, depending on the parties’ decision, either as an earnest money (in […]

Poland reforms law to facilitate business activity

As of 30 April 2018, a package of five legal acts adopted on 6 March 2018 aimed at facilitating business activity entered into force in Poland. The legal acts are: Entrepreneurs Law Act;  Act on Ombudsman for Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs; Act on the rules for participation of foreign entrepreneurs and other foreign persons in […]

HMRC loses in specie contribution claim before the FTT

By Patrick Shee Self-Invested Personal Pensions, or SIPPs, have been under HMRC’s microscope for a number of years, but in a recent decision the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) ruled against HMRC, finding that Relief at Source (RAS) for non-cash or in-specie contributions should be given to individuals. In Sippchoice Limited v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 12 the […]

The Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines and their effect on business

By Adrian Mansbridge New Definitive Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences came into force on 1 February 2016; since then, there has been a significant increase in fines. What is clear from our analysis is that efforts by government to deregulate and reduce the burden of health and safety compliance have, from a financial […]

Mozambique: New regulations on compulsory social security

By Sonia Reis and Neylla Gulamhussen Decree no. 51/2017 of 9 October was approved as a result of the new challenges of Compulsory Social Security and seeks to adapt it to the current social situation. To achieve this, the Decree approves the Compulsory Social Security Regulations and came into force on 8 January 2018. The new […]

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ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has been left looking for a new associate general counsel after European sports rights company Sportfive poached Ed Floydd to head its legal team. Floydd left the ESS base in Singapore to move to the Sportfive headquarters in Geneva shortly after completing the media rights deal between ESS and the International […]

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Bridge equity challenges the traditional approach of banks in financing transactions, offering them new opportunities – and new risks. By Tihir Sarkar and Jeffrey Karpf As leveraged buyouts (LBOs) in the US get ever larger and more lucrative for banks, financial sponsors continue to push the boundaries on participation terms and develop new concepts, such […]

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Hammonds has kick-started a strategic push in its private equity group to capture a bigger slice of the high-value deals market with the hire of Travers Smith senior associate Mark Robson. Robson, who joins Hammonds as a partner, has been drafted in for his expertise in large private equity deals, ranging from mid-market management buyouts […]

Lissack QC fights for foot and mouth farmers

Richard Lissack QC of Outer Temple Chambers has become involved in the foot and mouth outbreak. Lissack has been instructed by South West firm Thring Townsend in relation to a potential action for losses suffered by farmers as a result of last week’s outbreak. It is understood that Thring Townsend, instructed by the National Farmers’ […]

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