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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.

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Set launches mediation business

Barristers at Littleton Chambers are to form a mediation services business in what is thought to be the first ever move by a set of chambers to set up its own limited liability company. Littleton Dispute Resolution Services Ltd, trading as Littleton Mediation, will be owned and operated by 12 of the chamber’s 34 barristers. […]

Post Office reviews City law firm panel

The Post Office is considering bids from City firms this week for commercial advice worth millions in fees. The Post Office, which currently instructs Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May, has put out tenders to City firms and is expected to make a decision in mid-May, says director of legal services Catherine Churchard. The news […]

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“Henceforth, all former heads of government are potentially at risk.” – Lady Margaret Thatcher, speaking in the House of Lords for the first time in three years to issue a staunch attack on the arrest of General Augusto Pinochet. She is allegedly fearful that she may suffer a similar fate if she travels abroad again.

Gibraltar firms braced for financial shake-up

Gibraltarian lawyers are bracing themselves for a shake-up in their company law, after the European Commission referred a case on accounts confidentiality to the European Court of Justice. The UK-dependent territory is a major offshore financial centre, where there are almost as many companies registered as there are people (31,000). Significant change to its commercial […]

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