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EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Clifford Chance is advising the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as it prepares for another round of fines from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), this time in relation to a 2012 IT meltdown. The investigation due to complete any day is the latest in a string of major banking investigations run by the FCA, and […]

DLA Piper advises Mirvac Group on waterfront acquisition

DLA Piper has advised ASX-listed Mirvac Group on its acquisition of a major retail centre and marina in Sydney. Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre, Drummoyne, and an adjoining car parking facility and marina have been purchased by the group for a total consideration of AUD310m (£166m). The asset was purchased from Abacus Property Group & Kirsh Group. […]

Royal Mail wraps up first post-IPO panel review

Royal Mail has finished its first panel review since the company’s IPO last year, sending DAC Beachcroft and CMS Cameron McKenna acceptance letters but dropping Bond Dickinson from its 15-strong roster (see the story here). Regular corporate adviser Slaughter and May, which last year advised on Royal Mail’s IPO, was also named on the new […]

DLA Piper represents software provider Avalara in $100m financing round

DLA Piper has represented Avalara, a provider of cloud-based software for sales tax and other transactional tax compliance, in its financing round of $100m (£63m) from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm focused on growth investing. Avalara pioneered a cloud-based software platform for sales tax automation a decade ago and today delivers […]

France proves busiest recruitment market for lateral hires in 2014

Earlier this week Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom announced that it was making a rare European lateral hire – and it was a big one. Skadden has recruited Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier’s co-managing partner Olivier Diaz in a boost to its French corporate practice. The hire is the latest in almost 100 moves reported […]

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