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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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FSA guns for TTP duo for insider dealing

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched its first criminal prosecution for insider dealing, accusing the former general counsel at telecoms company TTP Communications of profiting from insider information. Christopher McQuoid appeared at the City of London Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (22 January) on a charge of insider dealing, along with his father-in-law James William […]

Dechert snaps up Bakers partner

Dechert has snared a Baker & McKenzie London-based finance partner to bolster its finance team in the capital. Corinna Mitchell, who specialises in cross-border project finance, will join the finance and real estate practice. Last year Clifford Chance senior associate Steven Choo joined the finance and real estate team (The Lawyer, 17 September 2007). The […]

BLP swoop secures fraud partner from DLA Piper

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has secured the services of fraud specialist Segun Osuntokan from DLA Piper. Osuntokan, who was a partner at DLA Piper, has been hired to boost BLP’s banking and finance litigation practice. BLP head of dispute resolution Jonathan Sacher said: “Segun will help add to our already strong banking litigation practice and […]

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Lawyers who rock25-Jan-2008The appointment of Chris Saul as Slaughter and May’s senior partner has set tongues wagging in the legal market. Not least when he declared in his first interview as managing partner: “I want to make sure we have fun.” The appointment of Chris Saul as Slaughter and May‘s senior partner has set tongues […]

King & Spalding in double London hire

US firm King & Spalding has bolstered its London office, hiring a new partner and counsel. Energy partner Jonathan Martin arrives from Watson Farley & Williams, having played a prominent role in its international corporate group. Peter Bowring, a cross-border project and acquisition finance specialist, joins the firm as counsel from US energy specialist Vinson […]

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