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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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Martineaus wins £1.7m from landlord

Midlands firm Martineau Johnson has received a £1.7m windfall from its Birmingham landlord following a breach of covenant. The payoff comes after regional rival Cobbetts moved into the 193,000sq ft One Colmore Square office at the same time as Martineaus in September 2004, which was in breach of a contract struck between Martineaus and landlord […]

Sullivan unseats Simpson Thacher at top of US M&A deals table

Sullivan & Cromwell has knocked Simpson Thacher & Bartlett off the top spot for M&A transactions in the US, racking up a total deal value of $317.95bn (£167.8bn) for the first half of 2006. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz follow closely with deals worth $302.12bn (£159.45bn) and $251.04bn […]

Freshfields lands aviation consultant

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired the general counsel of air industry body Aviation Working Group (AWG) as a consultant. US lawyer Jeffrey Wool is secretary and general counsel at AWG, the industry body for legal and regulatory issues for aviation financing and leasing. He will continue his role at AWG, joining Freshfields’ London office as […]

Barclays turns to Linklaters for derivatives lawsuit defence

Linklaters for derivatives lawsuit defence” />Linklaters has bagged the mandate from Barclays to defend it against a second major derivatives lawsuit in as many years. The magic circle firm is acting for Barclays Capital as it fights off a E36.2m (£24.4m) claim from Italian bank Banca Popolare di Intra (BPI) over collateralised debt obligations (CDOs). […]

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