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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.



Gibraltar is not only a member of the EU, but the phasing out of its tax-exempt company regime means it now enjoys access to the European Subsidiary Directive. By James Lasry Recent reforms in tax and fund legislation have made Gibraltar a particularly attractive jurisdiction for the incorporation of European private equity and property funds. […]

Linklaters beefs up Dutch presence with double hire

Linklaters has launched two new Dutch practices – tax and employment – with the hire of Stibbe’s head of tax Stef van Weeghel and Simmons & Simmons employment partner Eunice Bruyninckx. With more than 20 years’ tax experience in the Netherlands, Van Weeghel joins Linklaters’ partnership, while Bruyninckx, who leaves Simmons after four years, joins […]

A&O launches in Düsseldorf with former Freshfields boss

Allen & Overy (A&O) has continued its aggressive expansion plans by opening a Düsseldorf office with a former German managing partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. This is the third office A&O has opened in six weeks, following launches in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. A&O’s Düsseldorf offering will be spearheaded by corporate partner Thomas Austmann, […]

Linklaters snares second Freshfields banking star

Linklaters has scooped a second banking star from archrival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with the capture of partner Brian Gray. Gray’s move comes just four months after former Freshfields restructuring and real estate finance partner, David Ereira, left for Linklaters in February. Gray, who has been a partner in the Freshfields banking team since 2002, handed […]

City Young Guns: The youth will out

While lead partners take the credit on large M&A deals, it’s the senior associates who run most of them. The Lawyer spoke to 10 such rising stars to get their views on life as a corporate lawyer The M&A market appears unstoppable. Yet while the well-known names of corporate law hog the headlines, it is […]

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