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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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Winston & Strawn tipped to merge with Whitman Breed

Chicago’s Winston & Strawn and New York firm Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan are in advanced merger talks, The Lawyer can reveal. The merger would create an 850-plus lawyer firm and increase Winston Strawn’s New York presence from about 145 lawyers to over 250. The news will raise eyebrows in the US because the merger […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Weil Gotshal & Manges represented Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette International (DLJ) on a $2.8bn cash and stock takeover of European television and radio group SBS Broadcasting, by United Pan-Europe Communications (UPC). DLJ acted as financial adviser to SBS. Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate partner Doug Warner acted on the deal. Sullivan & Cromwell advised SBS […]

Sinfield voted out by partners

Davies Arnold Cooper’s managing director has been voted out in favour of the firm’s highly-rated head of construction and engineering. Daniel Gowan is taking over from Nick Sinfield, who held the post as managing director for one year, and DAC executive partner for two years. The title of the top role will switch from managing […]

CCR&W boosts litigation team with four partners

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells has recruited four new litigation partners in New York as it loses its highly-regarded litigator Mark Pomerantz. The new partners are Joseph Cyr, Peter Chaffetz, Steven Schwartz and David Lindsey. Cyr is a big case litigator who represents corporate and financial institutions. He joins from the New York office of […]

Commercial awareness

What is commercial awareness? Commercial awareness is a phrase you hear a lot if you are planning to be a lawyer. Everyone wants to have it, but not many people really know what it is or how to get it. Students will be relieved to know that being commercially aware does not mean having an […]

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