Practice Areas

Guernsey economic substance rules – The group company perspective

By Tim Clipstone The Income Tax (Substance Requirements) (Implementation) Regulations, 2018 (the Regulations) came into force on 1 January 2019, requiring all Guernsey tax-resident companies to confirm, for tax periods commencing on 1 January 2019 or later, whether they are in scope of the Regulations and, if so, how they meet the substance requirements set […]

Equity release could help Guernsey’s older generation says Ogier property specialist

By Martyn Baudains With a large number of asset-rich, cash-poor people in Guernsey’s older generation, Ogier property partner Martyn Baudains believes the time is right to debate an equity release scheme for borrowers in the Island. Equity release could be an alternative to downsizing, where associated costs eat into the cash released, he says, adding […]

5G spectrum auctions in Kinstellar jurisdictions

By Zdeněk Kučera, Štěpánka Havlíková The 5G rollout is a hot topic throughout Europe, with the anticipated deployment due shortly, and availability in the EU expected from 2020. The 5G infrastructure will open up a wide range of new possibilities in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, health, energy, automotive, media and entertainment. This analysis […]

Mergers and merging on the Serbian B&F market

By Darko Jovanović BNP’s subsidiary Findomestic was only recently sold to local Direktna Banka – which also acquired Serbia’s NKBM subsidiary and the Greek Piraeus Bank. OTP acquired NBG Group’s Vojvodjanska Banka and the local champion Societe Generale. The domestic AIK Banka swiped up the Greek Alpha Bank, while Telenor Banka ended up in the […]

Karanovic & Partners launch new focus on competition annual publication

We have now come to Focus on Competition, issue Thirteen – our authors have worked hard not to give cause to any among our readers to consider this edition unlucky, but to make it just as topical and stimulating as its antecedents. Since it never hurts to be cautious in corporate law, especially in the […]

Islamic finance challenges in Turkey

By Adil Ali Ceylan, Mehmet Emin Karadeniz Having almost 40 years of history, the Islamic banking sector in Turkey currently only has a 5–6% share of the finance market in the country. Out of 40 active banks, six are operating (excluding investment and development banks) under the Participation Banks Association of Turkey (TKBB) as Islamic […]

Employment essentials: 5 lessons from November 2019

By Connie Cliff, Jane Fielding Our monthly Employment Essentials insight is here. Whilst Parliament is dissolved and we’re waiting for the General Election on 12 December 2019, November proved to be a bumper month just before the Christmas period. We had yet another landmark Supreme Court judgment on whistleblowing and a significant TUPE case, both […]

Does the UK legal sector have an issue with diversity?

The case for diversity Top candidates are being and will continue to be, missed if women, transgender, non-binary, BAME, disabled and LGBTQ+ people are not encouraged to consider a legal career. Firms that fail to demonstrate a genuine commitment to diversity may miss out on new recruits; a report by the SRA suggests diversity is […]

Scant possibilities for joint trademark ownership in Russia

By Maria Geraeva Joint ownership of exclusive rights to a trademark is increasingly important for co-owners of businesses, yet it is still generally not possible to make this arrangement under the national procedure in Russia. Recent Russian court rulings (including those of the Supreme Court), as well as positions taken by the Russia Patent and […]

Public law case update – December 2019

By John P Cooper, Kieran Laird, Ravi Randhawa The December 2019 edition of our case updater offers a straightforward and concise overview of six recent cases within public law and regulation which highlight important points of relevant public law principles and procedure. Gowling WLG’s team of public law and regulation specialists examine the following cases […]

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