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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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Cisco EMEA co-legal head quits

Cisco Systems has parted company with its only UK-based corporate lawyer following the US technology giant’s decision to relocate a number of business functions to its West Coast headquarters. Alfred Farha, who was senior counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Cisco for four years, has opted to remain in the UK. Like […]

A&O raids CC for investment funds push

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to hire a team of six associates from Clifford Chance’s investment funds group in London. The team – which is thought to be joining in September – will boost the investment funds side of A&O’s three-partner bank regulatory group, headed by Simon Gleeson. Clifford Chance’s investment funds group has […]

Skadden Arps appoints Russian office leaders

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has appointed joint heads for Moscow, drafting in a project finance and M&A specialist from its Chicago office. Dmitri Kovalenko’s move from the US to Moscow means that he, along with resident lawyer Alexey Kiyashko, will become European counsel as well as co-heads of the office. Partner Pranav Trivedi […]

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