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Excise Duties: 2020 State Budget (SB) Proposal

Alcohol and alcoholic beverages – Rates applicable in the Autonomous Region of Madeira The SB Proposal changes the tax rate applicable to spirits declared for consumption in the Autonomous Region of Madeira from EUR 1, 237.58/hl to EUR 1,241.29/hl. Soft Drinks – Rates The SB Proposal increases the rates applicable to soft drinks, excluding drinks […]

Brexit and other tax implications

By Samuel Fernandes de Almeida The United Kingdom ceased to be a Member State of the Union as of 30 January 2020, so the question arises as to the applicability of many other provisions contained in Portuguese domestic law. On the 30th of January, the United Kingdom ceased to be a member state of the […]

Coronavirus – A bug coming to your workplace soon?

By Kevin McCavish The inevitable has happened. Coronavirus has arrived in London with the first patient being diagnosed yesterday. This brings the total number of those infected in the UK by Covid-19, the official name given to the coronavirus by the World Health Organisation, to 9. In Brighton, where two GP surgeries have already closed […]

Natasha’s Law – New rules on food labelling

By Joanne Sear, CJ Ntsiu We look at the new rules on food labelling coming into force next year, and when additional information will have to be provided, particularly in relation to allergens. Background In 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a severe allergic reaction after eating sesame seeds in a baguette purchased from a high street […]

Warning for Insolvency Practitioners dealing with personal data

By Lynsey Robinson The FCA, ICO and FSCS have released a statement warning licensed Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) and FCA-authorised firms to be responsible when dealing with personal data. The statement highlights concerns about IPs/ authorised firms unlawfully selling personal client data to claims management companies (CMC) when acting on administrations. Under Data Protection legislation, consideration […]

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Dentons’ African ambitions stumble as Bugingo quits

Dentons and its legacy practices have arguably been a pioneer into the African continent, opening an office in Cairo half a century ago and since developing one of the largest networks of local firms. One of the key figures behind the firm’s efforts in the past 15 years has been Paul Bugingo, described on Dentons’ […]

DLA Piper advises Peter Holmes à Court on the sale of his share in Rabbitohs

DLA Piper has advised Peter Holmes à Court, co-owner of the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club (the Rabbitohs), on the sale of his 37.5 per cent share in the Rabbitohs to a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH). The chairman of CPH is James Packer, who also chairs Crown Resorts. As […]

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General Motors GC to stand down

General Motors general counsel Michael Millikin is to retire next year after 37 years at the company and five years at the helm of the auto giant’s legal team. The company announced it would immediately begin an external search for Millikin’s replacement and he is set to remain in place until his successor is found. […]

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CVC turns to Freshfields for €700m Paroc acquisition

CVC has turned to long-standing adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has for its €700m (£551m) acquisition of Helsinki-based Paroc. Corporate partner Tim Wilmot led the magic circle team advising the private equity house alongside senior associate Charles Hayes while Paroc turned to Macfarlanes corporate M&A partners Stephen Drewitt and Howard Corney. Paroc is the leading producer […]

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