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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.


Linklaters mergers hike turnover by 25 per cent

Linklaters has posted a strong increase in revenues for the last financial year, with turnover up 25 per cent to some £631m Much of the rise is accounted for by its series of mergers, including Oppenhoff & Rädler in Germany, De Bandt Van Hecke Lagae & Loesch in Belgium and Lagerlöf & Leman in Sweden. […]

Bird & Bird blames global expansion for profit drop

Technology, media and telecoms (TMT) firm Bird & Bird has seen a 9 per cent dip in profits in the last financial year Gross fees went up 10 per cent from £48.6m to £53.3m. But average profits per partner dropped from £398,000 to £360,000.Bird & Bird is not the only TMT law firm to suffer […]

Shearmans and Stamford joint venture under review

Shearman & Sterling and Singapore firm Stamford are reviewing their joint venture after discontent on both sides has led to mounting tension in the office As yet there has been no formal decision to terminate the year-old venture, but several options are being considered for its future.A source within the joint venture cited an inequality […]

Al Fayed to appeal ‘cash for questions’ ruling

Mohamed Al Fayed will appeal a decision of the Court of Appeal, which found that the financial backers of former Tory MP Neil Hamilton were not liable to pay Al Fayed’s costs, despite his victory in the ‘cash for questions’ libel action DJ Freeman chief executive Laurence Harris, who is acting on behalf of Al […]

40 King Street aims for Leeds expansion

Manchester set continues to hire for regional growth; other chambers to follow Manchester-based 40 King Street Chambers is targeting Leeds for further growth, according to chief executive Colin Wardale.The chancery and commercial chambers, headed by Andrew Gilbart QC, has already recruited two new barristers to its Leeds annexe at 5 Park Place, bringing the total […]

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