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Mozambique: Government go-ahead for spectrum auction

The Mozambique Government has recently published in the Official Gazette Resolution no. 12/2018, of April 25, determining the authorisation for the launch of an auction procedure for the grant of rights of use of radio frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. The base bidding prices shall be set by a Joint Order to […]

New compulsory Bermuda bye-law filing requirements

The Companies Amendment Act, 2018, which is deemed to have come into operation on 21 March 2018, amends the Companies Act, 1981 as regards the filing of information contained in bye-laws and applies to all Bermuda companies having a share capital. Under transitional provisions, all such companies will have a period of six months from […]

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 […]

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France’s Arago signs association to expand into Dubai

French corporate and litigation firm Arago has launched a Dubai office and signed a partnership with UAE firm Bin Shabib & Associates. The Dubai office will be managed by partner Bertrand Dumon, who joined Arago in 2011 from Watson Farley & Williams. It adds to the firm’s existing presence in Ras Al Khaimah, which is […]

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Siemens hands UK panel spots to firm trio as roster cut

Siemens has given new panel places to Eversheds and Osborne Clarke as the engineering and technology group completes a major slimming-down of its UK legal roster. The two firms join Reed Smith on a three-firm panel that has been cut down from six, with no fixed term for the appointment confirmed. Addleshaw Goddard, Midlands firm […]

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Weil’s City capital markets head defects to Paul Hastings’ UK arm

The head of capital markets and hedge funds at Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office has left the firm for the City base of Paul Hastings. James Cole, who has worked at Weil’s London office since 2003, has joined Paul Hastings in the newly created role of capital markets head. A source told The Lawyer […]

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Eversheds scoops up Salans’ Shanghai employment team

Eversheds has taken on a team of four employment lawyers from the Shanghai office of Salans, which is to merge with SNR Denton in the coming months. The team is led by Iris Duchetsmann, formerly of counsel and head of the China labour law team in Salans’ Shanghai office. Duchetsmann joins Eversheds’ Shanghai office as […]

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Watson Farley to set up Bangkok-based German desk with Ashurst hire

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has hired Ashurst Munich-based counsel Marcus Nothhelfer as a partner to launch a German desk in Bangkok. Nothhelfer, formerly head of Ashurt’s IP and commercial practices in Germany, has relocated to Bangkok to launch WFW’s German desk in Thailand. His appointment is set to strengthen the office’s corporate and commercial […]

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