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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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Linklaters has advised the Tunisian government on the country’s debut unassisted international bond, which raised $1bn in an oversubscribed offering. The issuance is the first international sale of Tunisian government debt since the Arab Spring rocked economic and political stability in the country in 2011. It signals the first step in the North African country’s […]

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DWF has appointed Ince & Co head of corporate insurance Richard Britain and DLA Piper banking partner Christian Francis in London. Britain joined DWF last week (5 January) while Francis joined on Monday (12 January). Britain left Ince & Co on 2 December following a restructure of the firm’s corporate team, which saw head of […]

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Move of the week Ropes & Gray has hired Allen & Overy partner Carol Hopper to join its global real estate practice in London. Hopper has experience in real estate, infrastructure and projects work, particularly mid- to large-cap transactional deals that arise in all aspects of commercial real estate work. She has advised funds, investors, […]

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Al Tamimi forges Egyptian association to access investment opportunities

Middle East firm Al Tamimi & Company has agreed an association with an Egyptian firm in a bid to take advantage of the country’s improving outlook despite continuing political unrest. Al Tamimi partner Mohamed Khodeir is teaming up with Egyptian firm Nour & Taha to lead the new arrangement, rebadged as Khodeir Nour & Taha […]

Law Society launches last stand against legal aid reforms

Bindmans and Kingsley Napley have taken centre stage in the High Court today, representing the Law Society in a challenge against the proposed government reforms on the tender process for criminal legal aid contracts. The reforms, which are universally unpopular with both solicitors and barristers, have created a headache for Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling MP, […]

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