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Spanish legal regulations on Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign direct investment (FDI) (Inversión Extranjera Directa) involves the transfer of capital by economic entities from one country to another country, with the intention of establishing businesses or subsidiaries there, as well as acquiring or obtaining a relevant shareholding in foreign companies.

British Virgin Islands – Voluntary liquidations for first half-year companies

As annual British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) Registry fees are now payable for those BVI companies that were incorporated or registered in the first half of the year, it is time to start planning the liquidation of those entities that have reached the end of their life cycle, to ensure that unnecessary Registry fees are not incurred.

IR35 rules now extended to private sector businesses

The IR35 rules were extended to cover all medium and large organisations in the private sector. Under the reforms these businesses are now responsible for determining whether their contractors fall inside or outside the scope of IR35, rather than the workers themselves.



Poundworld launches in-house team with hire of Costcutter legal head

Poundworld Retail has hired a lawyer from rival Costcutter and created an in-house legal department in a bid to save money on external firms. David Dresser joined Poundworld as head of legal earlier this year and has since hired a legal executive, Bhavin Chauhan, from Addleshaw Goddard to assist. Before joining Poundworld, Dresser was company […]

Mark Friston

Value proposition

Case valuation revolution could benefit barristers The bar is struggling with the concept of solicitor contracts despite almost a decade of negotiations. Historically, clerks agreed verbal contracts between solicitors and barristers when accepting instructions. It was seen as gentlemanly – barristers would not be sued for negligence should anything go wrong. But, in 2001, the […]

A&O joins raft of firms on AIA’s ING buy as Malaysian deals stack up

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Debevoise & Plimpton are among the firms to have advised on pan-Asian life insurer AIA’s $1.7bn (£1bn) acquisition of the Malaysian insurance business of Dutch financial services group ING. Debevoise and Wong & Partners, the Malaysian member firm of Baker & McKenzie, advised AIA. The Debevoise team was led by […]

Linklaters and SullCrom scoop roles as UnitedHealth pushes into Brazilian healthcare market

Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on UnitedHealth Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in leading Brazilian healthcare company Amil Participações for $4.9bn (£3bn). Linklaters acted for the Rio de Janeiro-based health insurer and hospital operator, joining forces with its local association firm Lefosse Advogados. Linklaters’ US corporate head Alberto Luzarraga led […]

Richard Reade

Weight Watchers launches European healthcare panel review

Weight Watchers has launched a tender process for a UK and Europe healthcare panel as the slimming group prepares to expand its business of working with state and commercial organisations in the sector. The US company is understood to have sent requests for applications to a number of UK firms including City leaders and specialist […]

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