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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…

The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

CJEU allows full deduction of VAT on aborted transactions

VAT on abort costs in case of an unsuccessful takeover bid is deductible, provided the buyer intended to supply management services for consideration to the target company. This was ruled by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in the Ryanair case (C-249/17) issued on 17 October 2018. Facts of the case Ryanair […]

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Wragges signs up with council

WRAGGE & Co has signed a partnership contract with Buckinghamshire County Council which will see the two teams working together. The three-year agreement gives the Buckinghamshire in-house team access to the resources of the law firm to work together on training, technology and system development. It is the first deal of its kind to be […]

Property

SJ Berwin & Co, headed by property finance partner David Ryland, has advised Schroders on the securitisation of the Chiswick Park Property Unit Trust which is acquiring the Chiswick Park business development site. The site is being acquired from a subsidiary of shipping group Kvaerner for £50m

Clifford Chance eyes market to forge more overseas links

Clifford Chance is already looking at more markets for future expansion, says its European managing partner. Peter Cornell says several countries are being considered for possible mergers or new offices. “We are still interested in Scandinavia,” he says. “And we are looking at South America and South Africa.” While Rogers & Wells, Clifford Chance’s new […]

The professions should join forces

It was recently reported the American Bar Association (ABA) had decided to relax the rules allowing multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). However, it also appeared that the executive summary was that other professions that wanted to join would have to abide by ABA rules. It is arguable that in the US the lawyers are in the driving […]

International ruling lifts curse for Egypt investors

Lawyers are predicting an influx of UK investment into Egypt after the country’s government has been forced by an international body to recognise treaty rules on contracts for the first time. The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), affiliated to the World Bank, pushed a $60m claim by British hotel group Wena […]

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