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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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International eye: Italy

Husnara Begum on the month in Italy: Linklaters courts Giliberti for merger Once bitten, twice shy – but not in Linklaters’ case. After its split from long-term ally Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, the magic circle firm has started merger talks with leading Milan-based M&A boutique Giliberti Pappalettera Triscornia e Associati in its efforts to […]

Luxembourg leader launches in London

Oostvogels Pfister Roemers has launched a London representative office, becoming the first Luxembourg-based law firm ever to open a UK operation. The new office will initially be staffed just one associate, Estelle Francais, who moves across from Luxembourg. However, the firm plans to move a second lawyer across later in the year. Stef Oostvogels, a […]

Links ramps up in Dubai with magic circle hires

Linklaters has raided its magic circle rivals for two senior associates to boost its Middle East practice ahead of the firm’s official Dubai launch later this month. The firm has appointed Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate Luma Saqqaf as local Islamic finance head, while Clifford Chance projects senior associate Mark Craig joins the firm […]

On your marks – race for first law firm IPO begins

The news that an investment banker is talking to some of the largest firms about an AIM listing brings what is surely an inevitability one step closer. Once the white paper proposals on law firm ownership are passed, quite possibly later this year, the barriers to firms floating will have been removed. And the kudos […]

A&O, Slaughters secure OFT OK for Boots-Alliance Unichem

Competition teams at Allen & Overy and Slaughter and May are celebrating a win after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) indicated it would clear the pending £8.1bn merger between Pharmaceutical giants Boots and Alliance Unichem. Allen & Overy corporate antitrust partner Mark Friend led the competition side of the transaction for Alliance Unichem, while […]

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