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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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The Gowling WLG corporate team has advised on the sale of the majority stake in JD Classics to the pan-European mid-market private equity firm Charme III. The firm advised Derek Hood, founder of premium car restoration business JD Classics, on the transaction. Derek will retain a significant stake and will partner with Charme and the […]

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Buying new IT isn’t going to give Norton Rose the breakthrough it wants

Peter Martyr is an enthusiast. His drive is formidable. The Norton Rose boss took a declining City firm into new territories, pioneering the Commonwealth path for expansion – something that Herbert Smith, Ashurst, DLA Piper and Gowling WLG followed, with varying degrees of success. Following the Australian, Canadian and South African combinations Norton Rose finally did the US merger with Fulbright & Jaworski. However, the American deal has not set a fire under the combined firm; as a defensive move it’s pretty smart, but a bold step forward it wasn’t. Despite being one of the few firms to execute a transatlantic merger, Norton Rose Fulbright has plateaued.

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