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Impact of 2019 budget proposals on Dutch’s buyout sector

The Dutch government published important tax measures in its 2019 budget proposals with a potentially significant impact on the Dutch buyout sector. Some of these measures may result in a higher effective tax burden if appropriate action is not taken…

The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

CJEU allows full deduction of VAT on aborted transactions

VAT on abort costs in case of an unsuccessful takeover bid is deductible, provided the buyer intended to supply management services for consideration to the target company. This was ruled by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in the Ryanair case (C-249/17) issued on 17 October 2018. Facts of the case Ryanair […]

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Following a year of fundraising activity, Gateley has raised almost £13,500 for its 2013–14 national charity Anthony Nolan. Anthony Nolan, now in its 40th anniversary year, was the world’s first bone marrow register. The blood cancer charity matches people willing to donate their bone marrow to patients in need of a transplant. Over the course of a […]

DLA Piper’s Ian Taylor appears on the Daily Record’s ‘Very Important Professionals’ list

DLA Piper has announced that Baltimore partner Ian Taylor has been selected to The Daily Record’s list of ‘Very Important Professionals’. The annual VIP list recognises Maryland leaders across various industries who have achieved significant professional accomplishments and are committed to community involvement. The list consists of 40 individuals under the age of 40 at law firms, hospitals, […]

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Pannone partner duo risk capital to leave Slater & Gordon early

Two former Pannone personal injury big-hitters have become the latest to break the three-year lock in to leave Slater & Gordon, moving to ABS rival Irwin Mitchell. Catherine Leech and Deirdre Healy handed their notice in earlier this month and have been placed on three months’ gardening leave before joining Irwin Mitchell as consultants in […]

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