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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.


Ian Metcalfe

Wragges sees turnover rise at half-way stage

Wragge & Co has announced a half-year revenue figure of £60.6m, representing a rise of 4.5 per cent on its first-half turnover last year. Managing partner Ian Metcalfe said he was disappointed to come in slightly under an aggressive budget, yet pleased with the results in view of the market. Wragges posted £58m turnover for […]

Killing 2Birds’ worries with one merger

Someone needs to get Sarah Lund and her natty jumpers back on the case, as Copenhagen is set to be the scene of an outwardly aggressive but intelligently planned merger in January 2013. The perpetrator is none other than mild-mannered TMT firm Bird & Bird; its mark, Danish firm Bender von Haller Dragsted (BvHD). The […]

Pinsents grows on back of McGrigors merger

Pinsent Masons has posted a 4 per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of 2012/13, compared with the same period in 2011/12. The firm’s turnover for the first half of the financial year was £146m, up from £140m. Pinsent Masons merged with Scotland’s McGrigors on 1 May (6 February 2012) and the […]

Ghost in the machine

US moves forward on Magnitsky case, with Canada next. When will the UK act? Friday 16 November marked a milestone for human rights, with the US House of Representatives voting overwhelmingly to pass the Magnitsky Act, the clearest sign yet that the US government is finally bowing to pressure to name and shame those implicated […]

Bruce Hanton

Ashurst, Freshfields and SJ Berwin seal Nomura property sale

Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and SJ Berwin were among the advisers on the acquisition of residential property company Annington Homes by Guy Hands’ private equity group Terra Firma. The buyout group has agreed to buy Annington – which owns the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Married Quarters Estate – from Japanese bank Nomura for £3.2bn, including […]

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