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Spanish legal regulations on Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign direct investment (FDI) (Inversión Extranjera Directa) involves the transfer of capital by economic entities from one country to another country, with the intention of establishing businesses or subsidiaries there, as well as acquiring or obtaining a relevant shareholding in foreign companies.

British Virgin Islands – Voluntary liquidations for first half-year companies

As annual British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) Registry fees are now payable for those BVI companies that were incorporated or registered in the first half of the year, it is time to start planning the liquidation of those entities that have reached the end of their life cycle, to ensure that unnecessary Registry fees are not incurred.

IR35 rules now extended to private sector businesses

The IR35 rules were extended to cover all medium and large organisations in the private sector. Under the reforms these businesses are now responsible for determining whether their contractors fall inside or outside the scope of IR35, rather than the workers themselves.


In brief: White & Case

White & Case has advised on the US$1.1bn acquisition of Bank Pekao by a consortium of foreign investors. Witold Danilowicz, head of White & Case’s Warsaw office, says it is the largest foreign investment in Poland.

Pannones adds to family with Wacks Caller partner

Leading Manchester firm Pannone & Partners has bolstered its family department by luring top family practitioner Liz Cowell from Wacks Caller, also in the city. Pannones now boasts three of Manchester’s top family lawyers and ranks as one of the largest family units in the country dealing exclusively in private family law. Department head Catherine […]

Square Mile

What do you have when you’ve got a lawyer up to his neck in sand? One answer is not enough sand. Another is that you’ve got the situation existing at the moment – a lawyer deep in the sand of a rule book no longer suited to today’s business climate. And at the heart of […]

Slaughters provides Punch in Allied fight

Slaughter and May is entering a fight on behalf of Punch Taverns to outbid Whitbread on its proposed takeover of Allied Domecq Retailing UK. Clifford Chance is acting for Whitbread on its proposed purchase of Allied Domecq’s retail arm, a deal it thought it had clinched on 25 May with a share offer worth u2.4bn […]

Fiona Walkinshaw on the wording of exclusion clauses.

Fiona Walkinshaw is a partner and head of the commercial litigation group at Garretts in London. Eighteen months after the Court of Appeal’s decision in British Sugar v NEI Power Projects, clauses still emerge which purport to limit or exclude a supplier’s liability for “consequential loss” but fall short of achieving such protection. The problems […]

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