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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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Structural decline

Structured finance could be heading for the scrapheap at elite firms There is no denying the magic circle has seen a falling off in its retention of structured finance and securitisation partners in the past year. Clifford Chance in particular has seen a string of partner exits, with Rachel Kelly kicking off the mini-trend last […]

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Greggs GC: Rolls of honour

When Jonathan Jowett took the GC job at Greggs he expected a bit of stability. He soon found himself organising anti-pasty tax demonstrations If stability in the face of recession is high on your list of requirements from a prospective employer, you could do a lot worse than get a job at Greggs. Despite profit […]

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Ashurst reveals 6 per cent H1 revenue slump

Ashurst has announced a 6 per cent like-for-like drop in revenues for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, with total half-year billings standing at £145m. The figure is down on £154m for the first six months of 2011/12 and includes income from the legacy Ashurst business, while excluding revenue for the Australian arm […]

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Outside interest

Beyond Beijing and Shanghai, other Chinese cities are powerful too – and growing faster than the international star venues In brief China is not just about Beijing and Shanghai. The country has a number of other cities of significant size and these are growing more quickly than the capital and the financial centre. International and […]

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IPO blimey

Many firms are having their worst time for a decade in Hong Kong, due to a precipitous fall in IPO work It would be no exaggeration to call 2012 one of the worst years for firms in Hong Kong in a decade. International firms that traditionally thrived in Hong Kong’s active IPO market have been […]

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