Switzerland harbours many sectors of the life sciences industry. Swiss research, development and production are well known in all corners of the planet. Switzerland is home to world leaders and is the origin of many groundbreaking ideas turned into successful start-ups, some set to become top players within a generation. The Federal Institutes of Technology […]
On 5 May 2020, all but four EU Member States have signed an agreement to terminate their intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. What are the consequences for the protection of EU investments? How does this agreement affect pending arbitration proceedings? And how should investors react in order to ensure adequate protection?
The Q&A gives a high level overview of key issues including corporate entities and acquisition methods, preliminary agreements, main documents, warranties and indemnities, acquisition financing, signing and closing, tax, employees, pensions, competition and environmental issues.
The existing emergency loan scheme for businesses facing liquidity issues as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is tied to annual turnover (with one limited exception). Given that many start-ups only generate little or no revenue during their first years of operation, they have effectively been excluded from meaningful relief under the scheme.
Key features of step-up on migration Tax optimisation of cross-border payments As of 1 January 2020, foreign companies can take advantage of a tax-neutral step-up of built-in gains (including self-created goodwill) to fair market value for Swiss direct tax purposes when relocating their legal seat, effective place of management or assets, business units and functions […]
In this feature article, Mark Oliphant of The International Stock Exchange Group goes from Brexit and through COVID-19 to explore the impact so far on, and the prospects for the future of, green finance and the wider sustainable investing market.
A Dutch Court has issued a preliminary ruling this month that a grandmother is in breach of the GDPR by refusing to delete photographs of her grandchildren from Facebook and Pinterest. She will also receive a daily fine if she does not remove them, or if she posts new pictures.
Following the success of our first Virtual Roundtable, we are pleased to announce details of the next session. The expert panel will continue their discussion around current priority pain points, challenges and opportunities. They will share more insights into the shifting workplace culture, and how they are adapting to new ways of working during the […]
The steep increase in the number of deaths occurring outside hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic brings a concomitant rise in the number of deaths requiring verification in the community.
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions place unprecedented difficulties on Isle of Man registered charities holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM). Due to the recent implementation of measures regarding social distancing, isolation and restrictions on travel and movement, the logistics of a charity holding an AGM in the usual manner is not possible. The Isle of Man Attorney General has issued some guidance to assist Manx charities over the coming months.
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Leading European firms have hailed digitisation as the next step forward for the profession on the Continent. Speaking in a series of video interviews as part of the release of The Lawyer European 100, managing partners from top firms in Germany, Ireland and Sweden have expressed optimism for 2020 and 2021, despite the pandemic. Luther […]
Listed law firm Gateley is anticipating a boost in revenue for the current financial year, forecasting that turnover will be no less than £108m for 2020; an increase of £4.5m. This is despite a series of recent measures put in place by the firm, including an expansion of its working capital facilities of up to […]
As of this morning, one Conservative lawyer Member of Parliament – Carlisle MP and former Bendles partner John Stevenson – had called on Dominic Cummings to resign. He was joined this afternoon by former attorney general Jeremy Wright QC, who wrote on his website he had “concluded that it would be better for Mr Cummings […]
Stewarts has successfully won a fraud case against airline operator Farad Azima, after he was ordered to pay over $4m by a UK judge. Instructed by the investment authority of Middle Eastern emirate Ras Al Khaimah (RAKIA), Stewarts had brought a series of fraud and conspiracy claims against Azima. The case, which featured in The […]
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has ramped up its funds offering in London, with two new partners from Morrison & Foerster. The two partners – Oliver Rochman and Rob Mailer – are bringing two associates with them to Morgan Lewis; Eliska van Wickern and Xun Choong. The four advise sponsors and investors of private investment funds, […]
DLA Piper has re-imagined a new crisis simulation training service that cost over £100,000 to deliver, after its launch was put in doubt due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The training service, called “DLA Piper Project Simulator”, was inspired by Carillion’s liquidation in 2017 and was one of the first products stemming out of the […]