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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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Heller Ehrman hires DLA Piper IP partner

Heller Ehrman has recruited IP partner Richard Penfold from DLA Piper to boost its year-old London office as speculation over an impending merger with Baker & McKenzie persists. Penfold’s move represents continued growth in Heller Ehrman’s London office, which opened in early 2007 and now has 24 lawyers, including 11 partners. London partner Richard Eaton […]

DLA review sees five TMC lawyers redundant

DLA Piper is conducting a firmwide review of staffing levels, resulting in five redundancies in the firm’s technology, media and ­communications (TMC) group. The layoffs, which were all in London, include three assistants, a legal director and an associate. The cuts, which were all voluntary, coincided with the loss of IP partner Richard Penfold, who […]

Carey oversees Guernsey

Offshore firm Carey Olsen has acted on the first Guernsey special purpose acquisition company (Spac) to be listed on Euronext Amsterdam. Carey Olsen advocate Tom Carey worked with Weil Gotshal & Manges capital markets partner James Cole to advise Spac Germany1 Acquisition on its recent listing, which raised e250m (£197.72m). Germany1 now aims to buy […]

Lost in the post

Nowadays it’s so easy for vast quantities of data to leave the workplace – on CDs and DVDs, on laptops, on USB sticks. Inevitably some of it is mislaid, lost or stolen. When two CDs went astray containing personal details of 25 million people, businesses realised that if confidential data is going to leave the […]

McDermott loses two partners as 2Birds swoops

McDermott Will & Emery has lost the head of its Brussels office after Bird & Bird poached a two-­partner competition team from the US firm. José Rivas, who was head of the Brussels competition team, as well as managing partner of McDermott’s Brussels office, has joined Bird & Bird’s competition group along with EU law […]

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