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On 30 July 2018, ESMA published its final report following its peer review of the compliance and supervisory framework of six national competent authorities (NCAs) with aspects of the UCITS framework for Efficient Portfolio Management (EPM). The review covered the NCAs for Ireland, the UK, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Estonia and was limited to assessment […]

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Former managing partner Dick Tyler is one of four candidates in the upcoming senior partner election at CMS Cameron McKenna. The heavyweight quartet battling it out to replace long-term incumbent Richard Price is completed by infrastructure and projects finance partner Andrew Ivison, regulated industries head Robert Lane and consumer products chief Louise Wallace. Voting in […]

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Employment claims hit all-time high during 2009-10

The number of claims lodged at the Employment Tribunal (ET) rocketed to 236,100 during 2009-10, representing an all-time high. In his annual report senior president of tribunals Lord Justice Carnwath revealed the figure represents an increase of 56 per cent on the 151,000 claims filed the preceding year. The upward trend continued into the first […]

Cleary, Slaughters act on Diageo’s Mey Icki purchase

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Slaughter and May took the leading advisory roles on Diageo’s £1.3bn acquisition of ­Turkish spirits producer Mey Icki last week. The target, Turkey’s largest spirits company with net sales of £300m, was previously owned by private equity houses TPG Capital and Actera. Slaughters acted for ­longstanding client Diageo, with a team featuring corporate partner Kathy Hughes, tax partner […]

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