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Tax ruling by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe franchising did not involve illegal state aid- European Commission

On 19 September 2018, the European Commission concluded that a tax ruling granted by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe Franchising did not constitute illegal State aid. The Commission acknowledged that Luxembourg had correctly applied the Luxembourg-United States tax treaty. While this decision concerns an individual case, it suggests that State aid rules are not an appropriate […]

Energy tax matters – Prinsjesdag 2018

The Budget Day Package 2018 contains a separate bill (‘Fiscal greening measures 2019’) with measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The proposal includes, among other things, the following changes in energy tax: Promoting electrification: shifting energy load from natural gas to electricity. The tariff in the first disc for natural gas is increased by EUR 3ct / m2, […]

UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

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CC not first UK firm in Indonesia

I refer to the article “Clifford Chance to open in Indonesia” (The Lawyer, 31 January). It mentions that Clifford Chance is the first UK law firm to venture into the troubled region. But that is not quite correct. Norton Rose established a presence in Indonesia almost five years ago, in alliance with the leading Indonesian […]

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Ashurst Morris Crisp is in advanced merger discussions with US firm Latham & Watkins as it strives to bridge the gap in its international expansion strategy. Sources close to both firms claim that Ashursts and Lathams have been in talks over the past three months, with one insider saying that discussions are: “Pretty far down […]

Association moves on eviction

A father and son who are alleged to have claimed they were new to the property market in order to get a housing association property, now face High Court moves to evict them. Northcote Housing Association is taking Paul Dixon and his son Karl to court in a claim for possession of the property at […]

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