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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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Expanding AIM faces increased LSE scrutiny

City lawyers have applauded news that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is to review regulations of its junior market AIM. The proposed changes would see floating companies’ nominated advisers (nomads) given their own codified rules, enforced by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Companies listed on AIM would also have to have their own website clearly […]

Withering heights

London outpost in the Gherkin. Tulkinghorn’s scribes were eager to attend and learn the truth about the battle straight from the partners themselves. But no! What’s this? It transpires that representatives of this esteemed publication were no longer welcome. Yes, in what is believed to be an unprecedented move, The Lawyer had been “officially uninvited” […]

DWS’s relationship-building pays off with First Data’s Barclays deal

Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) technology, media and telecoms team has bagged a lead role advising First Data International on its credit card payment processing deal with Barclays Bank. First Data’s deal with Barclays is the largest yet of its kind in the UK, estimated to be worth upwards of £250m, and leading to the need […]

Blake Lapthorn’s tax team hit by Shoosmiths raid

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has been left with little corporate tax capability following the departure of the firm’s group head Niall Murphy to Shoosmiths. A qualified accountant and chartered tax advisor as well as a solicitor, Murphy joins the Shoosmith’s Solent office as a partner and its new head of tax after a decade at Blake […]

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