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Recent Commercial Court decision highlights the importance of strict compliance with claim notification provisions in share and business sale and purchase agreements

In a recently delivered decision, Dodika Limited & Others v. United Luck Group Holdings Limited [2020] EWHC 2101 (Comm), Mr Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the Commercial Court) has ruled that a notice of claim under a tax covenant contained in a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) failed to comply with the requirements of the claim notification provisions in the SPA. As a result, a sum of USD 50 million held in escrow was liable to be released to the SPA sellers.

HMRC successfully defends assessments of oil royalties

HMRC has successfully defended substantial corporation tax assessments on oil royalties in Royal Bank of Canada v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 267 (TC), an important decision by the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) on the construction of article 6 of the UK / Canada double tax treaty (immovable property) and the scope of the UK’s ring fence corporation tax regime.

Commercial Court upholds order enforcing arbitration award against public policy challenge under s 103(3) Arbitration Act 1996

Commercial Court upholds order enforcing arbitration award against public policy challenge under s 103(3) Arbitration Act 1996: Alexander Brothers Ltd v Alstom Transport SA and Anr [2020] EWHC 1584 (Comm). The Defendants applied to set aside an order enforcing a Swiss-seated ICC arbitration award in favour of the Claimant on the public policy ground. The […]

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