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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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Flotations & Financing

A team from US firm Latham & Watkins, led by managing partner of the London office Joseph Blum, represented the State of Qatar in raising $1bn in the southern Arabian state’s first international sovereign debt offering. The debt was sold to US, European and other investors. The underwriters in the offering were Credit Suisse First […]

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The Society of Expert Witnesses holds its annual conference at the University of Warwick on Friday 16 April.

Flotations & Financing

A Travers Smith Braithwaite team, led by private equity partner Mark Soundy, acted for Nokia Telecommunications in its investment, through its UK holding company, in AirCom International, a UK-based radio engineering consultancy company, for an undisclosed amount. AirCom was advised by Michael Mahoney and Elizabeth Channer of Hammond Suddards.

In-house attractions tempt firms' finest

The latest in-house salary survey (page 10-11) might well make depressing reading for those at management levels in the top City firms. According to the survey, carried out by recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins, senior in-house counsel are now commanding salaries which rival the income of partners in top firms. On top of this, in-house lawyers […]

City snubs scheme for women

Cherie Booth QC’s Opportunity Now charter for women is being snubbed by City law firms. While most of Britain’s major companies have signed up to the Opportunity Now charter, including the five big accountancy firms, not one City law firm has done so. Opportunity Now has approached several major law firms. They all refused to […]

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