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Polish law considerations: advance amount versus earnest money

This article is to discuss legal issues that may arise under Polish civil law in connection with the conclusion of a preliminary sale agreement and payment by the purchaser prior to execution of the final sale agreement of the amount which may be classified, depending on the parties’ decision, either as an earnest money (in […]

Poland reforms law to facilitate business activity

As of 30 April 2018, a package of five legal acts adopted on 6 March 2018 aimed at facilitating business activity entered into force in Poland. The legal acts are: Entrepreneurs Law Act;  Act on Ombudsman for Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs; Act on the rules for participation of foreign entrepreneurs and other foreign persons in […]

HMRC loses in specie contribution claim before the FTT

By Patrick Shee Self-Invested Personal Pensions, or SIPPs, have been under HMRC’s microscope for a number of years, but in a recent decision the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) ruled against HMRC, finding that Relief at Source (RAS) for non-cash or in-specie contributions should be given to individuals. In Sippchoice Limited v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 12 the […]

The Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines and their effect on business

By Adrian Mansbridge New Definitive Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences came into force on 1 February 2016; since then, there has been a significant increase in fines. What is clear from our analysis is that efforts by government to deregulate and reduce the burden of health and safety compliance have, from a financial […]

Mozambique: New regulations on compulsory social security

By Sonia Reis and Neylla Gulamhussen Decree no. 51/2017 of 9 October was approved as a result of the new challenges of Compulsory Social Security and seeks to adapt it to the current social situation. To achieve this, the Decree approves the Compulsory Social Security Regulations and came into force on 8 January 2018. The new […]

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Allen & Overy and Deutsche Bank help 25 students to set up small businesses

Allen & Overy and Deutsche Bank have joined forces on a community project to mentor budding entrepreneurs from a London secondary school, Bethnal Green Academy, to set up their own small businesses. Through Artbeat, Allen & Overy’s arts and enterprise scheme, 25 business studies students have taken part in a 12-week programme, led by a […]

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BLP and Taylor Wessing advise on sale of Heron Plaza

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Taylor Wessing have advised on the £97m sale of Heron Plaza by Heron International to Singaporean UOL Group. Mourant Ozannes and Jersey firm Ward Yates also played roles on the deal as the transaction involved UOL incorporating two Jersey companies, which acquired units in an existing Jersey Property Unit Trust. […]

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DLA Piper advises Rolta India on second high-yield bond offering

DLA Piper has advised long-term client Rolta India on a high-yield bond offering. The company raised $300m (£178m) in the international capital markets, issuing 8.875 per cent senior notes through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rolta Americas. The offering was oversubscribed by more than eight times with an order book of more than $2.4bn and demand […]

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