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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.

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Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Jones Day are among the firms advising the Coca-Cola Company on its partnership deal with energy drink business Monster. The global drinks brand is also to pay $2.15bn (£1.3bn) in exchange for a 16.7 per cent stake in Monster, gaining two seats on the its board of directors.  […]

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Quinn Emanuel, Stewarts and Bird & Bird gear up for RBS rights battle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and litigation boutique Leon Kaye have formally joined the £4bn shareholder battle brought against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) over its 2008 rights issue. Leon Kaye, Quinn Emanuel, Stewarts Law and Bird & Bird are now all representing claimants suing the bank over a 2008 £12bn rights issue which investors […]

Mohammed Zaman QC joins commercial and international groups at No5 Chambers

Mohammed Zaman QC, a silk with commercial and international expertise, has joined the commercial and international groups at No5 Chambers. Zaman QC, who is also a registered practitioner of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) courts and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. He has regularly […]

Slaughters appoints second diversity chief as it pilots flexi-working scheme

Slaughter and May has appointed a second diversity chief, Susannah Macknay, to assist the firm’s inclusion efforts. Corporate partner Macknay has been working alongside litigator Ewan Brown, who has been working as the firm’s sole diversity partner since 2012. Macknay took up the post in May, following an appointment by Slaughters’ management board.  Slaughters has […]

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