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By Richard Sagar, Karl Anders, Graham Whiteford, Josh Kitson Introduction This briefing note, prepared by the Walker Morris Planning Environment Team, explores the opportunities presented in the new National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF2“). Specifically, the opportunities to obtain planning permission for new entry-level exception sites consisting of affordable housing for first-time buyers on previously unallocated […]

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Kinstellar has successfully advised on the Czech aspects of the divestment of Xella, a leader in building solutions, to an affiliate of US private equity group Lone Star in a deal valued at €2.2bn. Other international legal advisers involved in the transaction were Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Hengeler Mueller and Kirkland & Ellis. Xella […]

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