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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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France Telecom’s respected general counsel Jean-Pierre Mattout has quit the company and has yet to be replaced. Former chief executive Michael Bon appointed Mattout to the role in February 2002, but his star seems to have faded since the appointment of Thierry Breton, who succeeded Bon in October of that year. Mattout was formerly the […]

White & Case gains ex-Brobeck partner from Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is losing one of its haul of ex-Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partners after little more than a year to White & Case’s West Coast operation. Larry Engel, a highly rated bankruptcy and restructuring partner, joined Morgan Lewis in February 2003 when the firm rescued around 150 lawyers from unemployment after Brobeck […]

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Not a day goes by when some corporate partner doesn’t make a snide comment about how dull their property partners are. But when it comes to music and partying, property lawyers are leading the way. How could anyone forget Lovells’ musical dynamo Bob Kidby, or Canary Wharf Group’s in-house counsel Michael Ashley-Brown’s sultry rendition of […]

BLP scoops Ascent’s bid for MoD contract

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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has been announced as the surprise winner of a pitch to advise the Ascent consortium, which is bidding for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) public-private partnership contract.

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