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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.


Simmons and Ogier act on AbCap restructuring dispute

Simmons & Simmons and offshore firm Ogier have landed lead roles on a dispute between beleaguered hedge fund Absoute Capital (AbCap) and a group of its investors. Simmons is advising an action group of AbCap investors who are disillusioned with the AIM-listed company’s proposals for restructuring some of its illiquid funds. Following the shock departure […]

A&O and Shearman close £3.4bn SAP takeover

A raft of top firms have managed to land a £3.4bn cross-border friendly takeover, despite the financial markets’ jitters. Allen & Overy (A&O), Bredin Prat and Jones Day are advising German-headquartered business software provider SAP on its €4.8bn (£3.4bn) approach for French rival Business Objects. A&O is advising its longstanding client on German and US […]

DWS and Herbies wrestle with J Sainsbury pensions

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and Herbert Smith are thrashing out key pensions issues that are vital if Delta Two’s acquisition of J Sainsbury is to go ahead. A DWS team led by head of employment, pensions and benefits Alan Jarvis is advising Sainsbury’s pension fund trustees while a Herbert Smith team led by pension group […]

Challinors chief hands over the baton

Trevor Lee has stepped down as senior partner at Challinors Solicitors after 45 years at the firm. Current deputy senior partner Paul Griffiths has taken over the helm at the Midlands firm. Lee will remain at Challinors as a consultant. He said that after 24 years as senior partner he was stepping down at a […]

BHP Billiton scoops Freehills chief as new GC

BHP Billiton has appointed Freehills’ managing partner Mike Ferraro as its chief legal counsel following the retirement of John Fast last June. Ferraro, who will take up his new role on January 2008, will be reporting to BHP chief executive office Marius Kloopers. “Ferraro has a strong record of providing strategic commercial and legal advice […]

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