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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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China’s Dacheng raids Haworth & Lexon for six-partner team

PRC firm Dacheng has made its first significant hire since its tie-up with Dentons became public knowledge, taking on a team of six equity partners from fellow Chinese firm Haworth & Lexon. Dacheng will gain a total of seven partners as part of the move, with six of Haworth & Lexon’s eight equity partners coming […]

Andrew Page secures £40m refinance deal to accelerate growth plan

Walker Morris has advised private equity investor Endless and the borrower group on the £40m refinancing with PNC of automotive parts and garage equipment supplier Andrew Page Group, in order for it to accelerate its growth plans. The business said the deal came on the back of a successful 2014 when the now £200m-turnover group […]

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Sweden’s Magnusson opens ninth office in three years with Hong Kong launch

Swedish firm Magnusson has added a Hong Kong office through a tie-up with two-partner Hong Kong firm Odebjer Fohlin – its ninth new base in three years. Odebjer Fohlin’s two partners, Kristian Odebjer and Paulo Fohlin, both take on leadership roles at Magnusson. Corporate and finance lawyer Odebjer will be co-head of Magnusson’s China group, while […]

CMS paid £2.3m to prepare Dundas for takeover, LLP accounts show

CMS Cameron McKenna paid £2.3m to Dundas & Wilson prior to taking the firm over, with the cash being used to cover the cost of a pre-deal restructuring. CMS began talks regarding a Dundas takeover in mid 2013, with the deal going live on 1 May 2014 (12 December 2013). Dundas cut 40 support roles […]

Magnusson opens China-Baltics trade route with Hong Kong launch

The path between China and the UK may be a well-trodden one, but the one between China and the Baltics is less so. That’s about to change if expansionist Swedish firm Magnusson, which has just added Hong Kong to its network after tying up with two-partner firm Odebjer Fohlin , gets its way. The launch […]

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