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Permission in principle – growth, renewal, protect

The biggest shake up of the planning system since 1947 continues apace with the announcement, on 2 August, of government plans to create an automatic green light for development within specifically designated areas of the country.

Setting aside company transactions involving Jersey, Guernsey and BVI companies

Financial pressure can change perspectives on transactions – whether through the lens of an insolvent winding up, in the context of a counterparty or related interested party exploring ways in which they might unravel a transaction, or a new board considering whether a company can extricate itself from contractual arrangements that appear to have been subject to a conflict of interest or which were for an improper purpose.

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Slaughters and Nabarro bag LandSecs demerger

Slaughter and May is advising Land Securities on corporate aspects of its three-way de-merger that the company announced yesterday (15 November). Corporate partner Gavin Brown will be leading the team, while Nabarro expects to be playing a “coordinating role on real estate” aspects of the reorganisation, according to relationship partner Nicholas Vergette. The UK’s largest […]

Skadden raids Weil for European restructuring head

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has snared Weil Gotshal & Manges’ head of restructuring to head up its European restructuring practice. Chris Mallon, currently head of the business finance and restructuring group at Weil, announced his departure from the firm today. His experience includes advising on a number of key restructurings including Enron, Global […]

Germany’s equal measures

Germany’s Act on Equal Treatment brings discrimination laws under one blanket, but it will potentially increase the burden for companies, warns Michael Leue On 29 June 2006, the German Federal Parliament passed the much-debated Act on Equal Treatment (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG)). The AGG, which came into force on 18 August 2006 and was subsequently amended […]

Singapore review group says no to full liberalisation of legal market

Following recommendations by a review committee to the government, Singapore is not expected to give the go-ahead for a full liberalisation of the country’s legal services sector. The review outlines proposals for a period of three to five years and covers all aspects of the local legal scene. Recommendations are understood to have been made […]

Stephenson Harwood Asia strategy pays off

Stephenson Harwood has landed a lead role advising on a significant UK investment by an Indian company. Corporate partner Pawan Sharma advised bicycle company Hero Group on its £40m acquisition of UK call centre company Telecom Service Company (TSC). Sharma said: “After Tata’s acquisition of Corus, this is the most significant piece of investment outside […]

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