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Jersey lodges the draft Taxation Law 201

Jersey has lodged the draft Taxation (Companies – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 201- (the “Law”). The Law, once adopted, is intended to meet the commitment made by Jersey to address certain concerns raised by the EU Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation (the “Code Group”) in relation to the need for relevant businesses to […]

Bulgaria: Companies required to register their beneficial owners by February 2019

By Gergana Roussinova Companies have until 1 February 2019 to register their beneficial owners in the Bulgarian Commercial Register and Register for Non-profit Legal Persons (the “Commercial Register“). This obligation comes as a result of the adoption of a new Law on the measures against money laundering in March this year (the “AML Law“). Who is obligated under […]

Importance of prohibition on the collateral use of disclosed documents

By Sonia Tolaney, Sandy Phipps CPR 31.22 provides that disclosed documents may be used only for the purpose of the proceedings in which they were disclosed without the consent of the disclosing party or the Court’s permission. It is well established that this rule, known as the collateral use prohibition, applies both to the disclosed documents themselves […]

Supreme Court’s refusal on Barnardo’s switching to CPI

By Ian J Gordon, Simon Davies, Chris Edwards-Earl The Barnardo’s scheme’s rules stated that uprating of benefits must be based on the “general index of retail prices or any replacement adopted by the trustees without prejudicing approval”. While the retail price index (RPI) continues to be published (i.e. not “replaced”), the Supreme Court found it is not open […]

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US firms take central European M&A deal

US firms Mayer Brown & Platt and Hogan & Hartson’s London offices advised on eastern Europe’s biggest M&A transaction. London counsel Rob Lyons led the Mayer Brown team advising Deutsche Telekom on its $2bn (£1.25bn) acquisition of central European and Russian mobile telephone assets from MediaOne International. He was assisted by corporate partner Mark Nicolaides, […]

Singapore set to relax practice restrictions

The Singapore government is about to give the green light to foreign lawyers to practise local law. When passed, the amendments to the Legal Profession Act currently before the Singapore parliament could open a floodgate for firms wishing to strengthen their Asia operations. Foreign firms with offices in Singapore are currently unable to practise local […]

Business in paradise

Matt Barnard finds that the Atlantic-Caribbean islands offer companies more than just sun, sand, sea and tax breaks. The seven islands that comprise the offshore jurisdictions in the Atlantic-Caribbean are part of a world-wide community. The most well-known of the islands include Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and they share their special low tax or […]

CMS European expansion strategy stalls in Slovakia

CMS Cameron McKenna’s European network has delayed its move into Slovakia, while other expansionist firms are pushing ahead. The Lawyer can reveal that the anticipated November opening of an office in the central European state has been put off until next year. A CMS spokesman says: “[Austrian CMS member firm] Strommer Reich Rohrwig Karasek Hainz […]

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