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European Access Plan: Your gateway to business in the EU

On 24 December 2020, the UK officially left the European Union and, under the Brexit agreement, is now a third country to the EU, outside both the single market and customs union. The change means that UK-EU cross-border business activities are now subject to a number of trade barriers, including adjusted and strengthened border controls and additional administrative work.

Costs risk in appeals from the Irish tax appeals commission

The Finance (Tax Appeals) Act, 2015 introduced a new architecture for the hearing and determination of tax appeals. Amongst other changes, the Tax Appeals Commission (the “TAC”) replaced the Appeal Commissioners, with appeals directly to the High Court only on question(s) of law arising from the TAC’s determination (a ‘case stated’), rather than to the Circuit Court on the basis of a full rehearing of the tax appeal.

EAEU Treaty on trademarks comes into effect

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods came into effect on April 26, 2021. It serves as a foundation document for the formation of a regional system within EAEU territory.

Banking leaders discuss keeping pace with growth, digital transformation and driving operational efficiency

In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.


Stuart Brinkworth

Hogan Lovells and Linklaters take brilliant cut on Graff Diamonds refinancing

Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have leveraged relationships with Barclays and Graff Diamonds respectively to advise on a $450m (£280m) refinancing deal that pumps funds into the London jeweller following its pulled IPO earlier this year. The package from a trio of banks follows the company’s decision to pull its $1bn listing in Hong Kong in […]

Andrew Oldland

Third time unlucky for UBS

UBS faces a third FSA investigation in four years, this time for Libor. A record-breaking fine could be coming its way… On Monday 26 November, the Financial Services Authority announced its latest settlement with Swiss bank UBS for £29.7m. This followed the conviction and imprisonment of UBS rogue trader Kweku Adoboli for fraud. Adoboli had […]

Reform to Mexico’s Federal Labor Law

The Labor Practice Group of Baker & McKenzie Mexico has prepared this document containing a general analysis of the relevant concepts of the reform to the Federal Labor Law approved by the Mexican Congress on 13 November 2012. This document discusses the most relevant aspects of the reform and contains an in-depth analysis regarding the […]

Baker Botts promotes London duo ahead of Rio opening

US firm Baker Botts has promoted two global projects lawyers in London as part of a 15-strong promotions round, with at least one of the City associates expected to help staff the firm’s anticipated Brazilian office. Although the exact date of launch is yet to be announced, the firm confirmed plans to open an office […]

Spencer Baylin

CC, Freshfields and Links among firms on call for Kazakh mobile IPO

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have all clinched roles as Kazakh mobile operator Kcell looks to list in London and Kazakhstan. Freshfields is acting for Kcell, with a team led by Moscow corporate partner Sebastian Lawson. SNR Denton Almaty partner Joel Benjamin is also acting as Kazakh counsel to the mobile operator. Clifford […]

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