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Pooling resources and risk: Key considerations for retail joint ventures

By James Crayton, Gwendoline Davies To survive – even thrive – in uncertain times and in a challenging market, retailers need to be open-minded to opportunities for improving efficiency and targeting growth. One option that many high street names are choosing in the current market is the joint venture. Retail joint ventures – practical considerations […]

Debt capital markets 2019

By David Lopez, Adam E Fleisher, Julian Cardona 1. What types of debt securities offerings are typical, and how active is the market? The most common debt securities offerings in the Portuguese market consist of bonds, notes, covered bonds, commercial paper and certificates of deposit. In general, debt securities in Portugal are issued by corporates […]

Busy lenders’ round-up – April 2019

By Deborah Sheldon The latest news and developments in retail mortgage lending and regulation. This month in summary: News Concerns over discrimination in the private rented sector Innovation in the private rental sector Housing Committee report calls for reform of leasehold in England and Wales Tax bills drive second charge lending surge Increase to FOS […]

FCA business plan 2019/2020 – an overview

By Michael Ruck On 17 April 2019, the FCA issued its Business Plan for 2019/2020 which sets out the regulator’s key priorities for the coming 12 months. We’ve prepared a brief overview of the plan to give you a quick idea of how the changes will affect your firm in practice over the next year. […]

Direct marketing and consent FAQs | GDPR periscope series

By Emma Erskine-Fox, Brian Craig Direct marketing questions continue to befuddle marketers and data practitioners alike. Whilst marketing success and GDPR compliance are not mutually exclusive, the interplay between different pieces of legislation can make this a confusing area. A year after marketing consents were refreshed, below we answer four of our most commonly-received marketing […]

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Lovell White Durrant wins govt PFI contract

Lovell White Durrant has won a contract from the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise to advise on a forthcoming public-private partnership. The firm beat off competition from 30 other firms, of which five were invited to tender and three short-listed for interview. Bids were subjected to an economic appraisal to ensure the firm selected […]

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Garretts head of property Keith Barnett acted for Warner Estate in its recent acquisition of a u30m retail development site in Watford which was produced through a three-way deal between Tesco, which owns the adjacent site, Warner and Watford Borough Council. Tesco was represented by Berwin Leighton and Watford Council’s legal department acted for the […]

Linklaters deals forge links in SA

Linklaters is stepping up its South African venture with a series of deals alongside Johannesburg firm Webber Wentzel Bowens. Insiders speculate the three high-profile deals signify a proposed merger with South African firm Edward Nathan & Friedland is “dead”. One deal is the privatisation of South African Airways, for which Linklaters has been appointed lead […]

Stephensons forges European alliance

Stephenson Harwood is forging a pan-European base as it reveals plans to merge with associated firms in Italy and France before seeking a German merger partner. The firm, known for its shipping practice with offices in far-flung locations, is now focusing on the Continent, The Lawyer can reveal. Chief executive John Pike says Stephensons plans […]

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