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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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Alston & Bird merges with 83-lawyer Weston; hires 12 from Akin Gump

Alston & Bird has secured its much-anticipated merger with west coast firm Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish. The Atlanta firm announced today (Wednesday 30 July) that it was merging with the 83-lawyer Weston, a deal that will give the larger US firm its first outpost in Los Angeles. As The Lawyer reported yesterday (29 […]

Thomas Eggar grows Southampton office

South East firm Thomas Eggar is moving six partners and 11 fee-earners to its new Southampton office from early ­September in a drive to focus on business development in the city. The group will practise in areas including commercial, ­dispute ­resolution and real estate. The lawyers will be ­accompanied by 13 ­support staff. Managing partner […]

Fujitsu frees up European counsel

IT provider Fujitsu Services is revamping its European legal strategy, ­giving more autonomy to local general counsel and hiring its first full-time lawyer in Portugal. Fujitsu Services has hired Pedro Dias, an IP/IT lawyer at Uría Menéndez, to lead the company’s legal effort in Portugal. The company will not replace Jason Nield, the former head […]

Look before you leap

Investors in BVI-held companies need to be aware of what can happen when things go wrong and think seriously before doing business offshore. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has an estimated population of 24,000, yet has incorporated between ;700,000 ;and 800,000 private companies. This is the offshore incorporation centre. It all started in 1984 with […]

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