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EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Debevoise sets up Frankfurt office with two partner hires

New York-based law firm Debevoise & Plimpton has recruited two new partners to set up an office in Frankfurt, providing it with a German presence for the first time. Corporate partner Thomas Schürrle joined Debevoise at the beginning of May from German firm Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz. He will focus on international M&A. Tax partner Friedrich […]

Osborne Clarke and McGuinness merge

Osborne Clarke is launching an attack on the London property market by merging with niche West End property firm McGuinness Finch. Four property partners, two planning partners and one property litigation partner will join Osborne Clarke on 1 June, following several months of discussions. The team also includes five assistants. Founded in 1985, McGuinness earned […]

Jones Day appoints restructuring partner

Cleveland giant Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is taking on a senior restructuring partner from New York firm Weil Gotshal & Manges to expand its practice internationally. Corinne Ball will join Jones Day’s New York office to lead the restructuring practice and take responsibility for the global expansion of the business reorganisation and bankruptcy practice. […]

Lovells bags Ericsson work

Lovells is advising on the first pan-European property outsourcing deal involving the £200m sale of property owned by cash-poor Swedish telecoms company Ericsson. Ericsson is close to sealing a deal to take a swathe of European properties off its balance sheet. The deal plays to Lovells’ strength as a leader in the property outsourcing business […]

BT plumps for Linklaters for the UK’s biggest rights issue

Linklaters & Alliance has reaffirmed its relationship with top client British Telecommunications (BT) and advised on its mammoth rights issue to raise £5.9bn. Linklaters advised BT on the deal – the UK’s biggest ever rights issue – even though the client has strayed in the last year, calling in Allen & Overy (A&O) to advise […]

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