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While the flaunting of one’s wealth remains a common pastime for many of the world’s well-heeled, increasingly so in the age of social media, the majority of private clients wish to remain just that – private. However, remaining discreet and keeping personal affairs under wraps can be a huge challenge when litigation looms large on […]

Retail funds in Portugal: regulatory overview

This Q&A is part of the global guide to investment funds. It provides a high level overview of retail investment funds in Portugal, looking at both retail funds and hedge funds. Areas covered include a market overview, legislation and regulation, marketing, managers and operators, restrictions and requirements, tax and upcoming reform.To compare answers across multiple […]

Hedge funds in Portugal: regulatory overview

A Q&A guide to hedge funds law in Portugal. This Q&A is part of the global guide to hedge funds. It provides a high level overview of hedge funds in Portugal. Areas covered include a market overview, legislation and regulation, marketing, managers and operators, restrictions and requirements, tax; private placement rules and upcoming reform. To […]

New research reveals risks to UK mid size businesses

The contribution of just under 30,000 businesses with an annual turnover of £10m to £149million is seriously at risk from a lack of identity, shortage of skills and talent and macro-economic uncertainty, a new benchmark report has revealed. Released today, the report uses an unprecedented range of intelligence about UK mid size businesses’ priorities, strengths […]

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By Gwendoline Davies High street jeweller H Samuel has been fined for providing misleading pricing information online. The case highlights both what retailers can and can’t do when it comes to posting prices and promotions; and a new national and international drive towards the enforcement of consumer protection laws. Retail and Commercial Dispute Resolution specialist Gwendoline […]

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German firm Haarmann Hemelrath is opening a temporary office in London – a month earlier than planned – because of the volume of work already flooding in to the founding partners. According to M&A specialist partner Jay Birch, potential clients have been scrambling to contact the firm since news of its City venture was confirmed […]

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